Editors, directors and producers are now being forced to collaborate in new ways, sometimes outside our technological or creative comfort zones. Crafting the story is the key focus of the director-editor relationship. So while spending hours together in the same room in close quarters isn’t an option, how do you replicate this experience while remote?
Synchronous or real-time review tools can work well for this purpose, though latency and stream compression are significant factors to consider. Although these tools are not perfect, they can feel quite similar to the in-room experience many of us are familiar with. Run Robot is now using streaming hardware and software to communicate directly and share the output of the editing software (Avid Mediacomposer or Adobe Premiere Pro) over videoconferencing technology such as Zoom or Skype.
Asynchronous collaboration gives teams more time to work through the different aspects of an edit and massage it, Once a cut is ready for the client, they can watch (and rewatch) an edit and think carefully about every element.
This tag team approach can really add up in gained productivity for the day, rather than having everyone on the same real-time video conference walking through a scene.The review needs to efficient and communication needs to be clear and accurate, thankfully we’ve narrowed down a few apps to allow timecode-specific feedback, and clients can tag particular stakeholders for extra attention on a note or even draw on the frame to specify if there is something they want highlighted or corrected in an image.