Today at Sundance, Dropbox with Time-based comments was announced. The new feature focuses on the needs of photographers and videographers.
At first I was like, it’s a file-based cloud service, what more would you do there than grab a file?
Well, a lot more…
Time-based comments simplifies video and audio review. Here’s how:
- Targeted feedback. Add time stamps to your comments so others can jump to the exact second
- Enhanced playback. Scrub through 1080p video previews with thumbnails and audio previews with waveforms.
- Broad format support. Preview and comment on over 30 video and audio file types, including QuickTime, MPEG-4, MXF, MP3, and WAV.
- Multi-gigabyte file sharing. Send files big and small
- Fast approvals. @mention team members, clients, and vendors to notify them of your comments.
The reason Dropbox picked Sundance for the launch is 2/3 of films there were made with the cloud service.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile by award-winning director Joe Berlinger were made by people using the new feature.
For Teams Big and Small
For a documentary, time is money and the makers are spending less of it by using Dropbox. Promoting the new feature, Dropbox has published blogs about filmmakers.
- How an award-winning indie film producer assembles her team
- Paradise Lost director Joe Berlinger tells Ted Bundy story in new scripted film
- How a doctor turned personal struggle into a Sundance documentary
Considering how sending media files for review and gathering feedback is a critical part of how creative teams work (including mine), time-based comments is a valuable new feature.
Time-based commenting is available today on dropbox.com for paid accounts. The iOS app has it too. Android support will follow.
Also published on Medium.