We have always been big fans of the client review service Frame.io. So we are especially pleased to see a big update to the online based client review and comment service.

Emery Wells and his team set out to make the process of client reviews, comments and approvals easy and with Frame.io. They certainly achieved that.

Nearly everybody we send a Frame.io link to says how easy to use and how professional looking the web review process is. Low resolution H264s by WeTransfer? Forget it. Vimeo? not flexible enough. 

Now in the run-up to NAB, Frame.io has announced version 2 - a huge update with over 100 new features.

“Frame.io 2 is based on everything we’ve learned from our customers over the past two years and includes our most requested features,” says Emery Wells, CEO of Frame.io.

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The main new feature is Review Pages. There are times when you want external contributors or clients to be able to watch a video, but not have to go through the process of creating an account, logging in and then seeing every other asset in that project.

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Frame.io have published an explainer video on Review Pages.

 

"Put an end to feedback paralysis with new client Review Pages Just as internal teams can collaborate using Frame.io’s comprehensive annotation and feedback tools, so too can clients provide detailed feedback on projects with Review Pages, putting an end to “feedback paralysis” once and for all. A much better way to work with clients and external stakeholders, Review Pages make the sharing experience incredibly simple, with no logging in required.

Review Pages give clients the same commenting powers as collaborators, without exposing them to the full Frame.io interface. Settings are highly configurable to meet any one customer’s specific needs, including workflow controls (approvals), security (password protection, setting expiration date), and communication (including a personalized message for the client). Eliminating confusing email threads, the friction-free Review Pages workflow simplifies the exchange of ideas, consolidating feedback in a succinct manner, ensuring editors and artists have the input they need to perfect the project."

A great addition, which we will be using later today after the update has been released. We also like the new companion app allowing the comments to be bought in as markers. We will be testing that out too!

Here is the rest of the press release from Frame.io:

 

A new (and improved) workflow that just…works

When it comes to post-production and visual effects creation, it’s all about the workflow. Frame.io 2.0 boasts new workflow improvements across the board, making the process of collaborating pain-free. Exporting and importing comments and annotations into Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer is now easier than ever, with the upgraded, free desktop companion app, which allows users to open downloaded comment files and bring them into the editor as markers. No need to toggle between Frame.io and the NLE – everything is transitioned over flawlessly.

Users can also now copy and paste comments from one version to another, ensuring feedback is never lost. The information is exportable in a variety of formats, whether that’s a PDF containing a thumbnail, timecode, comment, annotation and completion status that can be shared and reviewed with the team, or as a .csv or .xml file containing tons of additional data for further processing. Also new to Frame.io 2.0 is a SMPTE-compliant source timecode display that works with both non-drop and drop frame timecode. And now, users can download proxies straight from Frame.io, so you can continue doing what you do best: create.

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The Frame.io 2.0 Player: Where the magic happens

The Frame.io 2.0 Player page has gotten a serious makeover, and now offers greater navigation, efficiency and accountability. New “comment heads” allow artists to visually see who left a comment and where, so they can easily and quickly find and prioritize feedback on any given project. Users can also preview the next comment, allowing them to fully grasp feedback, saving them time when one comment affects another.

Ideal for motion and visual effects artists, the new looping feature lets users watch the same short clip on loop, allowing them to immerse themselves in the visuals and make just the right number of tweaks to create the perfect effect. You can even select a range within a clip to really dive in deep. Frame.io 2.0’s asset slider makes it super simple to navigate between assets from the player page.

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Frame.io 2.0 Dashboard: Where the collaboration begins and never stops

The brand new Frame.io 2.0 dashboard has been redesigned from the ground up for speed and simplicity. Manage collaborators for any given project from the all-new collaborator panel, where adding an entire team to a project is just one click away. Don’t waste time scrolling through countless projects to find the one you need to work on; a simple search in the project search bar makes it super easy to bring up a project. Getting lost in a project? Just look up to the breadcrumb navigation bar, which tracks every move deeper into a sub-sub-subfolder, helping artists stay oriented when getting lost in their work. Even better, the new list view option with mini-scrub gives users the birds-eye view of everything happening in Frame.io 2.0.

Copying and moving assets between projects is not only simple, but it takes up no additional storage, even when users make thousands of copies of a clip or project. Frame.io 2.0 also now offers the ability to publish direct to Vimeo, with full control over publishing options, so users can create the description and set privacy permissions, right then and there.