11 tools helping teams do previsualization completely remote

Video and game production teams are more spread out than ever before, which creates some unique challenges for collaboration


One hurdle that most will have to overcome is how to share previsualization sequences with the team. You want to be able to get clear feedback and ensure that all critical stakeholders sign off on new sequences without wasting tons of time going back and forth in endless email chains. 


Thankfully, the rise of remote work culture has brought along new tools that can help you eliminate inbox chaos while sharing previs edits with as many or as few team members as you like. 


11 tools for sharing your previs remotely

Evercast

Evercast is a remote collaboration platform that allows you to share content, make notes, and communicate with your team in real-time. This allows you to gather your entire team in a virtual “room” for a previs screening session where you can answer questions, gather feedback, and even re-edit your previs while your team looks on. 

It’s a great tool that both your previs supervisor and postvis supervisor will love.


Key features:

  • Ultra-low latency HD video streaming (less than 150ms)
  • Record and review function to review key session moments
  • On-screen drawing for visual notations
  • Time-stamped notes to keep comments organized
  • Real-time video conferencing, HD project streaming, and comments/visual note taking all under one platform.


What’s missing:

  • It’s not a file transferring platform, so you won’t be able to send the final files through the platform for download.
  • While team members can watch recorded sessions, it works best when everyone can gather together in real-time for virtual production.


Pricing:

Our flagship product for all your real-time collaboration needs, starts at $749 per month (per virtual room). Special pricing packages are available for larger studios or teams.

Wipster

Wipster is an aesthetically pleasing visual collaboration platform that allows team members to review, comment, and organize creative projects through every step of the feedback process. If your team is impossible to get into a meeting together, this is a great interface for gathering feedback and tracking new edit versions remotely. 


Key features:

  • Threaded comments linked to individual frames
  • Version control to track edits through different revisions
  • “Stages” feature which allows everyone to see which stage of approval each project is at (ex: “needs changes” or “approved”)
  • Activity notifications that can be linked to browser, email or Slack so you never miss an update


What’s missing:

  • There is no ability to live-stream edit sessions on camera and get real-time feedback.
  • There are no creative software integrations so all projects must be manually uploaded to the platform.


Pricing:

Free for teams of up to two people with limited storage and playback resolution. $25 per month, per seat for teams of over two people with HD video playback and 250GB of storage. Custom pricing is available for enterprise users. 

Frame.io

Frame.io is a cloud-based media collaboration program focused on getting feedback and approvals on media files. It also integrates directly with Adobe products such as Premiere Pro and After Effects, so you can seamlessly export your pre-vis edits right from your editing platform. 


Key features:

  • Lightning-fast media upload speeds (less than 3 minutes for 5GB of data)
  • Custom-branded presentations to present work
  • Supports most common video editing software integrations and has an API that allows it to custom-fit the workflow to your needs
  • Time-stamped notes and on-screen annotations


What’s missing:

  • No live editing feature for real-time feedback
  • Does not support video calling


Pricing:

Free for up to 2 users, paid packages starting at $15 per user, per month. Custom pricing available for enterprise customers. 

Filestage

Filestage is a content review platform that prioritizes making client approvals fast and easy and allows teams to provide feedback on all sorts of projects, from videos to wireframes. If you’re looking for a clean interface to store and share previs files (and other media) on, this is a great option. 


Key features:

  • Unlimited file storage
  • Unlimited users per project
  • One-click approvals
  • Collaboration tools like @ mentions to keep everyone in the loop
  • Downloadable assets with download permission controls, so only the users who need the file have access
  • No software install needed, platform works directly from the browser


What’s missing:

  • No real-time collaboration features
  • Does not natively integrate with pro editing tools like Adobe Premiere 


Pricing:

Starts at $99 per month for up to 15 active projects and basic features.

ShotGrid

ShotGrid is an end-to-end production management and content review platform designed specifically for video and game production teams. 

Similarly to Wipster and Frame.io, you can share your previs files and receive text and visual feedback on your edits. One feature that’s really handy is the ability to see previous notes and versions during new content review, so everyone gets the full context of what’s been added or changed. 


Key features:

  • Version and note history tracking
  • Shot comparison features 
  • Mobile platform to review projects on the go
  • File transfer through the platform


What’s missing:

  • No live collaboration features for in-edit feedback


Pricing:

Starts at $40 per account, per month. 

LookAt

LookAt is a collaboration platform that includes a unique VR production feature that could be a huge asset for anyone producing previs sequences for VR projects.  


Key features:

  • On-image, real-time annotations
  • Version management and comparison
  • VR/360 degree production platform for collaborating on VR projects
  • Seamless Adobe Premiere and AfterEffects integrations


What’s missing:

  • No video chat feature in app to collaborate face-to-face with team members
  • No file transfer system


Pricing:

Starts at $12 a month for up to 5 reviewers and 3 projects, $299 a month for unlimited reviewers and up to 15 team members. Enterprise pricing packages are available. 

Vidhub

Vidhub is a video collaboration platform that prioritizes timecoded, chat-based feedback for video review. This is great for teams that mostly communicate through text-based notes, but may fall short if you prefer visual annotations. 


Key features:

  • Direct imports from either your hard drive or from cloud-based storage like Vimeo or Dropbox
  • Automatically pause and timestamp your feedback just by typing a comment
  • Real-time collaboration with team members
  • Automatic feedback request reminders


What’s missing:

  • No video conferencing feature
  • No on-screen annotations
  • No professional software integrations


Pricing:

Starts at $19 per month for a single user, with team accounts starting at $39 per month. 

QuickReviewer

This cloud-based creative team collaboration app that’s great for previs teams that are working on more than one episode or project at a time, thanks to its controlled file access and multiple project organization features. 

Key features:

  • Timestamped, color-coded, and searchable comments
  • On-screen annotation tools
  • Simple Approve/Reject buttons for stakeholders
  • File download options
  • Controlled file access
  • Professional software integrations


What’s missing:

  • No face-to-face video chat feature
  • Low storage limits in the lower pricing tiers


Pricing:

Basic version is free, professional versions start at $10 per month.

Screenlight

Screenlight is a video review platform that tries to make the process of gathering and implementing asset feedback a more organized, straightforward process for previs and postvis. 


Key features:

  • Superfast file upload speeds
  • Easily toggle different collaborator permissions (view only, view and comment, etc)
  • Time-stamped notes to keep comments organized
  • Easily review content on a web browser, tablet, or mobile device.


What’s missing:

  • Not specifically designed for video or game team workflows
  • No video chatting feature


Pricing:

Free for a basic single user version, $9 per user, per month for professional version. 

ReviewStudio

ReviewStudio is another online proofing platform that makes content reviews quick and painless. You can also assign tasks to certain commenters and collaborators so you can get straight to the editing after you’ve received feedback. 


Key features:

  • Threaded comments
  • On-screen drawing for visual annotations
  • Wide variety of file types supported
  • Assign tasks directly to commenters right from the review thread


What’s missing:

  • No video chat feature
  • Low storage capacities


Pricing:

Starts at $15 per month for a single user, team accounts start at $56 per month for up to 7 users.  

Ziflow

Ziflow is an intuitive platform that makes online proofing quick and easy, which is perfect for ensuring everyone is watching the previs and has input their feedback as part of the production workflow


Key features:

  • Allows you to review a variety of content including videos, images, websites, and documents
  • Easily track who has received, opened, commented and approved the content
  • Automated workflows so there’s no need to manually add collaborators to each project


What’s missing:

  • It’s a web-based platform so it’s unclear how fast media upload speeds are
  • No video chat feature



Pricing:

Starts at $9 per user, per month for the basic platform.

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