Online Collaboration In The Cloud For Post Production Teams

3 Dec 2020

4 Min Read

Filmmaking and film production is a 125-year-old art and industry. So it is fair to assume that during this time many different technics and methodologies have come and gone based on the needs and technological capabilities of the time. The Jazz Singer was the first-ever film to have a voice, hence the name Talkie, or The Gulf Between which was the first colored movie shot in Technicolor. But innovations are not always noticeable by the normal everyday audiences and generally happen behind the scenes. One of the more recent innovations in the film industry that has the potential to start a big wave of changes through the workflow of film production and post-production is the introduction of online collaboration between the production and post-production crew. The traditional way of managing a film project has been around and almost unchanged for ages but in recent years new products and services have emerged which are trying to bring film production into the 21st century. So let’s take a look at some of them and see how they are trying to redefine production and post-production. Of course, this list will continue to be updated with other competent platforms in the same area.

Frame.io

Frame.io went live in 2015 with the goal of making the review process that is present during film production easy and fast! With Frame.io, the production team can upload the recorded footage onto the service immediately after they are shot. Now, based on the access level that is set by the admin, all team members like video editors, colorist, production manager, director, etc. can watch, download, and comment on the footage live. Reviewing and commenting is one of the biggest selling points of Frame.io and they have provided different useful tools that not only can make the review process easier but more precise. Team members can follow up on every stage of video production and give their opinions on any part of any frame of the video!

File storage and management is the other segment that Frame.io excels at. They claim to have the fastest upload rates out there, around 5GB in 3 minutes! You can manage your uploads and downloads either through the web interface or use their top-notch “Frame.io Transfer” software that makes file transfer a lot easier. Of course, the storage comes with top-notch security. Frame.io claims that it is the only video collaboration platform out there that complies with both TPN and SOC 2 Type 2.

Finally, Frame.io plugins and integrations are like the cherry on top of all the other features. Not only Frame.io has plugins that work inside Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, and Avid Media Composer, but also is compatible with many other products and services like LumaFusion, Gnarbox, Kyno, Slack, Trello, Discord, … the list goes on! You can check the list of all the compatible services Here.

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Shift

Shift is another big name in the list of online collaboration services for video creators and filmmakers. Like Frame.io and Wipster, Shift focuses on making the review and approval of video content easy and hassle-free. Shift provides tools for frame by frame commenting and reviewing so that all team members know how they should proceed with the project they are working on and always be on the same page.

File management is also one of the strong suits of Shift where you can easily upload and organize your content based on tags and metadata so later on, searching for them would be as easy as it can be.

When it comes to security, Shift has tried to differentiate itself from the others with some cool innovative work. For example, they provide the SafeStream service which will protect your streaming video from theft by using personalized visible and forensic watermarks. “SafeStream burns a unique visual watermark with visible and invisible user data into each video that can be traced” shift claims. Shift is also using the Amazon Web Services framework for its cloud platform so you know that the service is backed by strong security protocols.

The other differentiating factor that I believe can make Shift a good competitor is the service they call Spotlight. Spotlight is the service that will let you “Create and share branded reels, sites, presentations, or individual portfolios”. The service can make the process of presenting your work much easier since it doesn’t need you to have any coding skills.

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Wipster

Wipster is one of the closest competitors to frame.io that is trying to solve the same problems content creators face when they are setting their production workflow. Wipster helps video production teams work together, faster and more precisely. With the review tools provided by Wipster, team members are always in the loop regarding the stages of the production and can give their opinions precisely on the exact point of the exact frame of the footage.

Regarding the storage solutions, Wipster may not boast the same claims as Frame.io but is not a slouch either. Based on the plan you choose for your team, Wipster will store all your needed file types on its servers safe and secure. Wipster has a 256-bit HTTPS security layer and is compliant with SOC 2 Type 2. So if security is a concern of yours, Wipster has got you covered.

When it comes to integration and compatibility with different platforms, Wipster has its own solutions. They are do have plugins to integrate their service with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects to work seamlessly during the editing process. Also Wipster hast integrations with other big-name services like Dropbox, Slack, Wistia, Vimeo, and Brightcove.

All in all, Wipster is doing a great job remaining relevant in this new and emerging market of cloud collaboration services and is bringing compelling offerings to the table.

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