April 15, 2015
NAB 2015

Frame.io Shows Off Their Powerful Collaboration Platform, Adds Integration with FCPX

Here are the primary features of Frame.io, which are included throughout the different price tiers, even the free version.

  • Accelerated uploading in the browser for fast and efficient media file loading
  • Cloud transcoding of video assets for guaranteed playback on any device; with support for professional formats
  • Hover scrubbing for instant preview of clips
  • Seamless drag and drop interface for simple manipulation of files, content and communications
  • Private workspace for managing separate projects
  • Time-based, frame-specific comments and annotations for clearer communication
  • Side by side version comparison for clear, simple view of changes between versions
  • Integration with FCPX

Frame.io offers a free plan with 2GB of storage and 3 collaborators, but their paid plans range from $15/month to $150/month depending on how many collaborators you have and how much storage you need. You can learn more about and sign up for Frame.io over on their site.

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Looks like it's become a really solid toolset. Very nice.

April 15, 2015 at 9:03PM

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Braden Storrs
Post Production Manager, Photographer
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I love Frame.io's UI and featureset, and them adding new features this soon after launch bodes very well. Though I wish the "tight integration" was with an NLE people actually use, like Premiere Pro CC. I'm sure they're working on it though. :)

April 15, 2015 at 11:29PM

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Andrew Rabon
Writer
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You do realize that many editors use FCPX right? Don't get me wrong, premiere is great, but cutting with FCPX is much faster if you know how to use it. I only use premiere if I need to round trip to after effects.

April 16, 2015 at 3:07AM

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Sick of hearing this. Ted Talks primarily uses FCPX, so does Re/Code, so does BBC news, A $100 Million dollar movie was cut using FCPX, the production company I work for cut over 50 TV ads on it between May and November of 2014, and I could go on. This argument about it not being a usable NLE is wrong, tired and old.

April 16, 2015 at 6:07PM

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Charles C.
Editor/ Director/ Director of Photography/ Wannabe Thinker
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Easy fellas, hate and being defensive never wins a convert.

April 16, 2015 at 7:26PM

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David Sharp
Video Editor, Cinematographer, Teacher
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No hate just figure it needed to be said

April 16, 2015 at 8:02PM

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Charles C.
Editor/ Director/ Director of Photography/ Wannabe Thinker
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At first I thought that maybe they just had a bias toward FCPX as an NLE platform. But honeslty it makes sense to support FCPX first seeing as it's Apple only. Kinda like how most of the worthwhile apps are developed for the itunes store first and then make their way to Google Play and Amazon.

I really hope they develop the same intergration with Adobe Premiere and After Effects. It's a shame that for all the things the Creative Cloud Dashboard can do with Photoshop and Illustrator files it complete ignores the same functionality for video and motion graphics.

April 16, 2015 at 8:38PM

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Saskamodie
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Has anybody figured out how their "accelerated uploading" works? I'm a web dev and the hand-waving around that is a little alarming. They can't accelerate your uploads beyond your ISP's set upload speed, so they're either talking about:

1. Client-side compression of data before uploading (in which case I'd like to see real benchmarks, since client-side compression is very slow, and only relevant to media files that aren't already efficiently compressed)
2. Faster processing of uploads on their servers compared to other video services (in which case "accelerated uploads" is a misnomer and it should be more like "accelerated importing")

Anyway, a really slick platform, but they've hammered that marketing point a few times and it smells a whole lot like snake oil. Would like to see details and replicable benchmarks.

April 16, 2015 at 10:30AM, Edited April 16, 10:30AM

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Hey Justin, Frame.io co-founder here. It does sound like snake oil but it's not. The http protocol is slow so in many situations you aren't able to fully saturate your available bandwidth. Dedicated file acceleration services like Aspera and Signiant use UDP but that requires a native app or Java Applet. We think Java applets are the worst and we'd never subject you to that shitty user experience. Instead, we spread the http requests across multiple streams which eliminates many of the bottlenecks inherent in http based uploads. We use javascript Blob objects to break up a file into multiple byte streams. We can get up to six streams going simultaneously in browser. The benchmarks are on our website: https://frame.io/features.

April 16, 2015 at 6:41PM

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Emery Wells
CEO, Frame.io
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Frame.io looks great on an initial look, even having one project on there.
Does anyone know if there's an app for phones or tablets or talk of one at all?

April 16, 2015 at 11:26AM, Edited April 16, 11:26AM

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Greg
Editor / Assistant Editor
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First step is mobile browser support which is coming in a matter of weeks.

April 16, 2015 at 6:42PM

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Emery Wells
CEO, Frame.io
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My team and I have been using Frame.io and in one week it has vastly improved our efficiency. If you haven't checked out the "Compare Versions" feature, it's fantastic!

We're looking forward to the mobile browser support!

April 17, 2015 at 12:27PM

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Christopher Sakr
Producer/Writer/Director
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