Frame.io is having a fantastic year after launching its integration with Adobe Premiere. The application is a cloud-based, real-time collaboration app that allows editors and producers to work on the same project remotely.
The company took it one step further by integrating Frame.io directly into Adobe After Effects panels, which meant that an editor could share a current composition while a producer or director could make time-based comments, annotations, and version control via Frame.io’s online application. Check out the product launch video here:
Along with the familiar Frame.io features, the After Effects integration comes with a few new inventive additions. The biggest one is that the app displays verbal comments and visual annotations in a Guide Layer, which is located at the top of the layer stack. Annotations and markers in the Guide Layer are designed not to render, and gives the user the ability to turn them on and off in order to preview the changes.
Another great feature is that Frame.io stacks multiple numbered versions of a single shot. Each time you upload a queued comp that was already uploaded, the application updates the iteration number in the thumbnail, rather than add a new item in the Frame.io project. All of these uploaded versions are available with comments and annotations, giving you an easy way to A/B your work.
Both the Guide Layer and Iteration control work for annotating work between editor and whoever is giving notes, such as a producer or director. Frame.io also makes it easy to share the project itself. You can choose to upload a project in a single click, which will create a new folder on Frame.io to match a folder in the After Effects Project panel with all of the same source files. This allows you to share the full contents of the project and organization of files, while remaining the same as the Project panel.
Frame.io is now available for Adobe After Effects. Click here to download the integration for free, and here is a list of highlights and features for it:
- Upload a queued After Effects comp in 2 clicks
- Sync real-time comments and annotations to your comp
- Import comments and annotations into your comp as live shape layers
- Auto version every change you make
- Share or backup project files and folders