So much new stuff that this post’s headline wraps to a second line! As we prepare for NAB, we’re releasing a slew of features across multiple modules. And, we have some even newer stuff in development which we can show at the event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange getting together with us. What’s available now, and demonstrated below, includes:
Clear & present instructions on basics of using Annotative Player to help new users get started
Refined layout when adding comments in Player making advanced features more discreet and basic features more obvious
Toggle to switch video play between higher quality and better bandwidth efficiency versions including automatic prompting when bandwidth challenges are encountered
Schedule reminder emails to be sent in advance of Tasks being due
Copy entire scenes of Collaborative Script including any uploaded media within a project or across projects (which can be especially useful to achieve templates on episodic content that tends to follow the same pattern)
We continue advancing broadly across our suite of modules, and in trying to determine a theme for this week’s release, I suppose it comes down to “parts”. If you’re an administrator of a project and a participant checks out a video, it can be useful to know what within that video were checked out. The impact of praise, or of condemnation, may vary based on how much of a video was watched and even what specific portions, so we’ve now put this auditing into the project’s activity feed (just for the view of people who are administrators of the project’s account). Another context in which granular specificity is useful is communications about a script — when calling someone’s attention, may want to hone in on specific portions of a script, so we now allow a scene range to be set in sharing functionality of the script. Check out both of these features in demo below.
We’ve been progressively revising our Tasks module, and some significant work on that has been recently released. This includes an overall new look to the module to be both more compact and more readable with alternating background shading. Also newly released is a capability to add a new task with placement precision by simply hovering between existing tasks and clicking to insert one:
Another significant new feature is sorting of task tables by column, so, in addition to seeing a project’s tasks according to its default numbered ordering (itself easily modified by drag & drop) sorts can be done by state of completion, duration of work on task, due date or assignee:
Export choices extending from TXT for teleprompter that was part of last release, to also now include pdf export of script (including customized selection of which scenes, and what elements within them)
Any recognizable web address written into script will act as a link when that script is published
More work continues on script, and we are also now ramping up significant enhancements to Tasks module, first of which is:
Crisper presentation of columns with graphical headings and more graceful presentation of tools within tasks, showing dynamically upon mouse-over
video.Market7 fundamentally responds to the need for clearer communication and tighter organization throughout every stage of producing media, from determining concept through approval of completed footage. Linkages among stages is key. A great example is our release of script export to teleprompter, strengthening the transition from pre-production to shoot. Users can easily determine exactly what aspects of a script to export: which scenes, and which elements within scenes (ex: whether or not to include character names), and then the resulting text file is compatible with pretty much any commercial teleprompter software or system.
Most recent release responds to a lot of suggestions from field to make our service work better:
highlight where to click for commenting on a video so that first time users don’t watch video in our player and write feedback by email without realizing they can easily leave contextual comments right within the video
simplify presentation of player by reducing the controls that show, specifically having per-comment tools only reveal when moused over particular comment
allow a specific comment to be shared proactively calling attention of someone who has to take action on it
when sharing Annotative Player page, avail sharing video at current playhead location within video — when combined with including a message in sharing action, this can effect private commenting for eyes of some but not all project team members
when sharing any video.Market7 page, be able to add new people to project and then the first time they log onto the project they’ll go directly to the shared page (instead of the project’s home page)
Here’s a demo:
Suggestions from our users are the best way to improve our service, and this release reflects their value, which we greatly appreciate!
Our new “Pause At Comments” mode for video in the Annotative Player allows users to direct full attention to the entirety of feedback on a video while seeing it in full context of the video’s play. One other aspect of it I’m just realizing I forgot to include in the demo — this new mode of play works with tag filtering too. So if a certain tag (or set of tags) is selected for filtering, with Pause At Comments selected then the video play will pause only on those comments that pass the tag filter selection. OK, here’s how the feature works:
One of our most popular features is the ability to export comments left by reviewers in the Market7 Annotative Player and bring them into the video edit environment. It’s a great fit for us thematically: the Annotative Player liberates reviewers from having to watch a video in one application and then switch to something else like email or even a paper notebad to compile thoughts about that video — play and commenting are integrated by us; and importing comments is similarly freeing for an editor who does not have to switch between our software and an NLE application like Avid Media Composer — can consume feedback from reviewers in same environment as enacting that feedback. We’ve recently figured out a way to make that even more elegant in Avid Media Composer with use of on-screen subtitles (instead of having to double-click comment markers), demoed here (and we also have a similar capability in Apple Final Cut Pro).
All uploaded videos now dynamically provision, meaning that any moment of a video is immediately available by dragging playhead, even if a video is especially long and high bit-rate — streaming dynamically initiates from current playhead location, and does not wait for download to catch up to that point from the start.
We have also recently completed our trio of screen sizing options — compact or full-screen, or the in-between full-browser view that combines benefits of both by providing a large & high-quality view of video while also availing full functionality for perusing and creating comments.
This is a very useful feature set for people who work with feature and programmatic content, and desire ability to get to review and commenting of any point of that content, while seeing it at a quality level consistent with ultimate experience viewers will have.
People write all kinds of scripts: many or few scenes, heavy descriptions and/or dense amounts of dialog or light in both, varying amounts of media integrated into scripts. We have developed pagination to allow for faster load times by not waiting for an entire long script to load all at once, instead just several scenes at a time. But the right “several” isn’t the same for everyone all the time as some people’s scenes typically include just a few dozen words and others may have hundreds with multiple files uploaded to each. And, some people’s preferences can be to look at lots of scenes on-screen simultaneously or to control the perspective to a very specific set. So we’ve come up with a mechanism that defaults to showing five scenes at a time, but with a few intuitive controls enables complete customization of exactly what scenes are seen.
Here’s a demo:
Our most recent video.Market7 release also includes a few cool enhancements to the Annotative Player which we’ll get posted to the blog soon.