November 29, 2006
Collaborating with Clients
Back in the old days of "client supervised" post production. Getting feedback from clients was immediate. I was intrigued sitting in edit sessions observing clients having editors trimming frames here and there (when you only have 900 frames to work with I guess you need to make everyone count), or making color tweaks (I had no idea there were so many shades of blue).
Today, if I had to guess, I'd say more work is completed with the client being remote as opposed to being physically present. I can to imagine that this was very liberating for content creators as it changed the relationship from supervisory, to review and approve via messengered media and/or quicktimes posted on web sites with clients emailing or sending notes back on desired changes.
For many this is still the way client reviews are managed. I'm not one to toss around superlatives, or used the terms innovative or revolutionary casually, but Premiere Pro introduced a capability called Clip Notes that I think at a minimum is innovative and arguably could be stated that it has revolutionized the client review and approval process.
And while I'm on the topic of interacting with clients or colleagues for that matter, I'd be remiss not to mention my favorite new Adobe product (after AE of course): Adobe Acrobat Connect (the product formerly known as Macromedia Breeze). I use it regularly to for real time meetings and web conferencing. Although in the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit that it has room for improvement when it comes to playing back video from your desktop (which is why Clip Notes is so cool). But for working with others live and getting real time feedback and not having to email, post, or ftp large files it is quite useful.