5 Reasons to Use Frame.io for Remote Video Collaboration – MUO – MakeUseOf

In this day and age of remote collaboration, it’s crucial to have the right systems in place to make things work.

The list of challenges associated with video production in our current professional climate is long and staggering. Frame.io’s mission is to address many of the most common and frustrating problems that creatives deal with currently.

In this article, you’ll find out how using Frame.io can help manage your video editing workflow with clients and other collaborators.

What Is Frame.io?

Frame.io is a service that lets you upload video projects to share them with your team or a client. It acts as a centralized hub for feedback and critique. Everybody has a chance to put their two cents in, and nothing gets lost in messy email chains or phone conversations that you can’t refer to later.

These annotations can then be referred to outside of the platform, right in whatever creative app that you happen to be working in. This key feature is one of the platform’s best-known ones, but is far from everything that it has to offer your workflow.

The following are our top five reasons that Frame.io should be included in your own creative process.

1. App Integration

A few of our favorite Frame.io app integrations.

Frame.io can be used directly with all of your favorite video production software: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, After Effects, and even Avid Media Composer. You can also send your projects to other cloud hosting services like Dropbox and Google Drive without needing to complete any extra steps.

With the Frame.io plug-in installed, any comments on your uploaded projects will be synced with the project as it exists on your own computer. With everything to be done right in front of you, you’ll be able to fly through your entire stack of tasks in no time.

You also have the ability to connect Frame.io to a number of collaborative apps, like Basecamp, Monday.com, Asana, and Slack. Seamless accessibility means that miscellaneous tasks are much less likely to fall through the cracks.

2. Usability

Frame.io sets a high standard in terms of design. Everything about it is inviting and easy to understand. This is vital when working with clients that may not be familiar with the ins and outs of asset management.

A few versions stacked up in Frame.io.

One example is its version-stacking system. Instead of continuously removing old drafts as you version up, all that you have to do is stack them on top of one another.

The Frame.io comparison view.

Each stack acts like a folder; you can step into any of them when you want to check out something done previously, comparing versions in real-time if desired. The root folder stays neat and tidy while still keeping everything that you need at your fingertips.

Adding an annotation in Frame.io.

Another cool feature is the ability to add annotations directly onto the video frame itself. You’re able to specify anything that may be difficult to communicate through text alone, like a subtle adjustment that your boss would like you to make to a motion graphic. These “notes” have a place on the timeline, just like all of the comments made.

3. Versatility

Versioning a script up in Frame.io.

In the world of video production, things are changing constantly. It always pays to leave a paper trail for when things get complicated; better safe than sorry.

Frame.io isn’t just for video. No matter what stage of production you’re currently in, it’s a great tool to include in your routine—even if only storing files for yourself. This includes scripts and schedules.

4. Accessibility

All of Frame.io's price plans.

While larger teams will certainly benefit from a premium Frame.io subscription, the free version is still absolutely worth using if the parameters of your work will fit comfortably inside of its limitations. Freemium users can host up to 2GB of data and invite up to four other people to the party.

If you’ve got more than that to manage, the plans that Frame.io offers are reasonable. Pro costs $15 per user, per month; Team is $25 per user, per month.

5. Security

Photo of a laptop keyboard

The safety of your assets is of the utmost importance to Frame.io. Its company philosophy keeps security at the forefront.

As members of the Motion Picture Association’s Trusted Partner Network, the standard that it sets in this area is high. This includes a service organizational control (SOC) 2 certification, and a company culture that prioritizes the protection of sensitive or otherwise private material.

Time Is Money; Frame.io Helps You Make Every Moment Count

When the tools that you’re sharing are effective and easy to use, everybody that you’re working with is more likely to hunker down and use them. New ideas fly freely back and forth. The project gains momentum much more quickly and evolves.

Organization can be the difference between overwhelming success and an endeavor that crashes and burns. The better-managed your project is, the smoother things will go—and Frame.io can help to improve in this respect.

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Emma Garofalo is a writer currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When not toiling away at her desk in want of a better tomorrow, she can usually be found behind the camera or in the kitchen. Critically-acclaimed. Universally-despised.

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