February 29, 2016

How Vimeo's Wipster Integration Helps Filmmakers Collaborate

Vimeo Adds Wipster Functionality to Creator Toolset
Vimeo Plus & PRO members will now be able to enjoy Wipster fuctionality: in-video commenting and approval status. 

As cloud based post-production collaboration tools rise in popularity and affordability, Vimeo and Wipster have teamed up to get in on the action. This seems like Vimeo's answer to Frame.io, utilizing the power of Vimeo's recognizable brand and huge user base to drive users to a new online workflow. The functionality, however, is different for Plus than it is for PRO Vimeo members:

"Vimeo PRO members can import videos from Vimeo directly to Wipster and gain access to review page features, like in-video commenting and approval status. Vimeo Basic and Plus members can also join Wipster to use its review tools, and easily publish finished videos back to Vimeo."

This basically means this announcement is geared more towards Vimeo PRO members, who receive the full functionality (you'll still need a Wipster Video PRO account — $12/month for Vimeo users— to take advantage of the integration).

Vimeo + Wipster at a glance:

  • Import or upload your videos to Wipster from Vimeo
  • Share videos with clients and collaborators / set permissions
  • Create to-do lists (no login required for reviewers)
  • Brand your review page and the emails to your team
  • Allow others to comment directly on different frames of your video
  • Upload and stack new versions of your video and refer to past edits
  • Publish videos back to Vimeo
Wipster + Vimeo

These two videos should pretty much explain everything else you need to know:

For users on a 4k review workflow, Wipster only supports 1080p playback. However, you can still upload 4k footage directly to Wipster (when you publish to Vimeo from Wipster it publishes the original file in full 4k). Utilizing this feature requires you to have both a Vimeo and a Wipster account ($12/month for Vimeo users). Users can try the new workflow with a 14 day free trial to Wipster.      

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What bothers me about these services is the monthly fee and them hosting my videos. I'd love to be able to buy similar software and just run and maintain it on my own server.

March 1, 2016 at 1:21PM, Edited March 1, 1:21PM

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Many agencies I've freelanced for will build a dedicated web page to act as their client review portal so really you could do it yourself but I know what you mean. Personally I've been through most of them (Wipster, ProofHQ, Frame, and a few more) and I've eventually settled for now with Arc9 as they were the only guys that scaled the package to how many users you have rather than having to pay for extra seats I don't need and I can just scale it up when I hire freelancers in for a few weeks. They offer some nice features like exporting the contextual feedback as an xml so you can literally throw your feedback straight onto your timeline as markers which is awesome, plus Slack integration which is nice. The thing I have a problem with though is the fact that none of them bridge the gap between pre and post production which means I still have to run everything in development on an entirely different platform (for me it's a mix of Basecamp and Slack) as you can't have a conversation without it being "around" a file or piece of media. As in you can't talk about ideas for example without you having a file to have the discussion around. I did however have a pretty exciting email yesterday from Cage who I had taken a pass on before because it was just more of the same but a little pricier that Arc9. Apparently they have built a new version of their platform which will allow you to have conversations without uploading a file first which means if it does what it says it does I can actually stop paying for 2 platforms and finally have something that allows me to plan a project and then take it straight into post without pissing off clients with endless subscriptions that they have to sign up for :D

March 1, 2016 at 4:36PM

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Hey Kraig, thanks for the feedback, these are some fantastic notes! I really appreciate the depth you've gone to, I can completely see what you mean.

March 2, 2016 at 5:10AM, Edited March 2, 5:10AM

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Rollo Wenlock
Founder + CEO Wipster.io
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No worries! Wipster was certainly my favourite in terms of its user friendliness (all you have to do is look at it and you get how it works which is a lot more than I can say for other platforms) so I'll certainly be keeping an eye on how you guys develop going forward :) Good luck!

March 2, 2016 at 6:41AM

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I tried the free version of Frame.io. It didn't work very well:
After one job that includes 30 short videos:
I couldn't see the full name in the list of videos.
I couldn't add versions from within the previous version.
Dragging videos didn’t scroll.
Email notifications came 5-10 mins after writing.
720p wouldn't play smoothly, so had to be 480p.

In the end it was pointless; hardly any of my clients signed up for an account, and when they did they replied via my email with timecode of their changes.
Now I just embed youtube videos on a password protected page on my site. Free!

Great that Wipster doesn't require an account for clients, but even if it was free I wouldn't use it. It seems my clients don't want to learn a new interface. They'd rather use email.

March 2, 2016 at 7:30AM, Edited March 2, 7:30AM

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Nathan
Video Producer
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