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Frame.io updates video collaboration tool

The minds behind Frame.io have added some new features to their cloud-based video collaboration tool, which they say has now surpassed 50,000 members from 120 countries.

These include the following for the Frame.io Web App 1.1
• New Private Team Files and Folders — You can now set files and folders to be invisible from collaborators.
• New Collaborator Permissions — You can now restrict collaborators from downloading, sharing or inviting other collaborators.
• New Project Sharing — When project sharing is turned on, anyone with the link can join. You can invite large groups of collaborators without having to invite them individually.
• New Realtime Upload Status — Now all participants of a project can see upload progress in realtime, which can eliminate lots of confusion.
• Expanded Keyboard Shortcuts — You can now use the arrow keys to navigate through thumbnails: spacebar to Quicklook, Esc to exit, Enter key to enter the player, and Esc key again to exit the player.

Updates for the Final Cut Pro Companion App 1.1. include:
• Added support for queuing
• Drag and drop upload from the desktop
• Custom export locations allow access to rendered FCP X media
• Convert FCP X markers into timestamped Frame.io comments
• Added options to choose marker types when exporting only clips with markers
• New reduced bandwidth option

See our past coverage of Frame.io here.

ftrack updates management app to V3, lowers cost of entry

Version 3 of ftrack, a cloud-based project management solution for the creative, visual effects and animation industries, is available and offering workflow updates, a refreshed UI and improved tools for multi-location/remote team work.

ftrack V3 also features a more affordable pricing structure. A single Creatives license of ftrack is now $20 a month.

So what else is new for Version 3? Let’s dig in:

Client Review: Allowing clients access to an ongoing project has been made easier. Users send a secure URL to as many clients/collaborators as they need. They can then leave their comments and feedback on a project. Review sessions are only shared on your say-so, and are all fully editable.

Client Review with Comments


Events & Actions: If you need a way to enhance and customize ftrack for your workflow, events and actions allow your developers to make quick additions to utilities and functionality, all without taking people out of the UI.

ftrack Connect: By downloading Connect to your system and using its tools, you can enable all manner of additional integration via ftrack’s web interface. It’s an easy way to import files from apps like Premiere and Photoshop by draggin and dropping.

Groups & Teams: A straightforward, powerful and effective way to manage teams within ftrack. You can assign groups, teams and even individuals to specific shots or elements of a project, allowing direct communication.

Client Review setup

New API: Introducing the beta version of a a new an API designed to grow with you — the more you add to it and tweak it, the more you will be able to get out of it.

New time tracking tools: Start and stop timers give more accuracy, measuring time spent on tasks or in meetings at the click of a button.

Check back with postPerspective in a month or two for our review of ftrack Version 3.


Quick Chat: Larry Jordan on NAB 2014

By Randi Altman

As we approach NAB 2014, postPerspective thought it would be fun to throw a few questions at Larry Jordan (www.larryjordan.biz), who will once again be at the show with his podcast Digital Production Buzz,  (@DPBuZZ).

What do you think will be the hot topic at NAB this year?
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SportsPost NY event set for February 26

New York — The Sports Video Group, along with HBO, is hosting the second-annual SportsPost NY event on Wednesday, February 26, at the Michael Fuchs Theater at HBO in New York.  Leading post production execs, producers, editors, graphics professionals, and technology manufacturers will come together to discuss the industry’s latest tools, projects, and design philosophies.

An event highlight is a behind-the-scenes look at HBO Sports’ award-winning reality series 24/7. The team behind the show will share favorite moments and discuss how their production and post workflows help them pull together each episode on time and on budget, delivered with the series’ signature style. The show, which follows two contenders in the lead-up to a major sporting event, took home a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Editing for the fifth year in a row last May.

postPerspective’s own Randi Altman will be moderating a panel on post in the cloud, called “Breaking Down Collaborative Walls: Postproduction in the Cloud .” Collaborating in the cloud has been a boon to broadcasters with workflows distributed across in-house and geographically separated facilities. What can and can’t be done in the cloud, and when is it most useful? What are the economic and creative advantages in shifting workflows to distributed shared networks? How are security and redundancy handled? How  collaborative cloud workflows at smaller facilities compare with those used during events like the Olympics.

Panelists include Alex Grossman, Quantum, VP Media and Entertainment, Mike Jackman, Brevity Ventures, Chief Business Development Officer/EVP of Post Production, FilmNation Entertainment, and  Art Raymond, Levels Beyond, CEO.

Here is a full schedule of  SportsPost’s activities:
1:30-2:15 p.m.: Opening Keynote: Behind the Scenes of HBO’s 24/7
2:15-3:00 p.m.:  Cream of the SportsPost Crop: Winning Ways in Storytelling
3:00-3:30 pm: Case Study: Inside RadicalMedia’s New 50-Seat FCPX Edit Suite
3:30 – 3:45: Networking break
3:45-4:30 p.m.: Breaking Down Collaborative Walls: Postproduction in the Cloud
4:30-5:15 pm: Graphics Tools: Scaling Designs from Sizzling Opens to Dynamic On-Air Graphics
5:15-6:15 pm: Networking Reception

For more on the event, check out http://sportsvideo.org/main/sportspostny-2014.