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Commenting on Video: Your camera will still add 10 pounds of weight though

So, here’s the next area of Acrobat 9’s new collaboration features I’m really excited about…the ability to comment directly on video. But it’s more than just adding a sticky note to an embedded video clip…

Acrobat 9 will tie the comment or markup you add to the video to a frame and write the timecode in to the text pop-up.

Screen shot of commenting on an embedded video in Acrobat 9

Then, you click on a comment in the Comments pane at the bottom of the document window and jump back to that particular frame. To see it in action, click here to view a video tutorial.

Here’s why I am excited about this capability…

  1. You can use the same tools and methodologies you use already for text and images in a PDF document – no additional training required.
  2. You can enable the PDF for comment, markup and analysis in Acrobat 9 Pro and Acrobat 9 Pro Extended, and Reader 9 users can give their feedback on the video too.
  3. You can do exactly the same thing with embedded Flash content and essentially any video clip (that you have the rights to share).
  4. You can embed the video with other content – or a bunch of videos in a single file – and make all of it part of a Shared Review, say, as well as secure it to prevent changes or control access.

A few things to keep in mind though. For the Adobe Premiere Pro users reading this right now, this is not the same thing as Clip Notes. That is specifically for Premiere Pro-based workflows. The other important thing is that this is for Acrobat 9 and Reader 9 only, as it uses the new Rich Media Annotation type for embedded video and Flash.

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