Great New Feature for Client Reviews
More and more, editors are working in studios that may be far away from their clients. Be it cross town or half way around the world, we’ve all had a need for remote approval of our finished video sequences.
Remote approval has always been a pretty painful process of uploading and downloading compressed files with a lot of e-mails flying back and forth. Not very efficient, is it? I can tell you from personal experience, it isn’t.
Recently, a killer new feature sneaked into Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2) called CS Review. CS Review in Premiere Pro is the perfect solution for the problem I’ve just described, remote approval of your work. CS Review is one of a number “services” in the CS Live feature that are integrated into certain Adobe CS5 applications. This blog post aims to get you up and running with CS Review in Premiere Pro quickly and give you tips and resources on how to use this cool new feature.
How Does it Work?
CS Review has two major components: the online Web Client (located at acrobat.com) and the Review Panel in Premiere Pro. After you’ve finished editing your sequence, you’ll create your Review using the Review Panel. You’ll encode your movie with Adobe Media Encoder and then send a link to the Review for your client.
On the web client will be a web page with a movie file is embedded into it and a side panel for comments. Your client opens the link, views the footage and then makes comments in different places in the movie. After your client completes making comments, they send an approval message back to you.
Back in Premiere Pro, you’ll be able to see the results right in the Review Panel with comments showing each place in the movie that needs a change. Click on a comment and the CTI snaps to the exact location of your comment, ready for you to make that change. Pretty dang nifty.
This video from Adobe Evangelist Terry White shows you the whole process on Adobe TV. It’s well worth checking out.
While the video is very informative, there are a few things to know before you get started with CS Review. The following section should clear up any problems you might encounter before trying out your first Review.
To get started in using CS Review in Premiere Pro, you’ll need to go through some important steps. The first of which is to update to Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2). CS Review didn’t exist until the 5.0.2 release so you definitely need to update. For instructions about how to update to Premiere Pro CS5.(5.0.2), go to this web page and follow the instructions.
Now that you’ve updated to Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2), you can begin to get access to CS Review. Click on the CS Live button in the upper left of the Premiere Pro interface. A menu will appear with some choices. Sign in with your Adobe ID by clicking on the link that says: “Sign In”. Don’t have an Adobe ID? Go here to here one. By the way, your client must also have an Adobe ID and Flash installed in their browser in order to participate in the Review, so be sure to alert them.
To create a Review, you’ll also need a CS Live ID. You should be able to do so within the CS Live tab. Click on “Create New Review” and you should see a “Welcome Screen”. Follow the steps in the Welcome Screen to create your CS Live ID.
If you are unable to create a CS Live ID from the Welcome Screen, do so from this link. You’ll need to register Premiere Pro from the link in order to take advantage of this feature. After registering, you’ll have access to CS Live for 12 months, free of charge.
There are a number of different ways you can begin a Review. If you want to create a new Review, you can click File > Create New Review. You can also access the Review Panel by clicking Window > Extensions > CS Review. Of course, you can also click the CS Live button in the upper left of the Premiere Pro interface and then click “Create New Review…” (right). Once you have your CS Live ID and have signed in, you can create your new Review.
Gotcha Notes: There may some gotchas preventing you from using CS Review. A number of users have reported the following problems.
- Can’t sign in to CS Live? You may need to Quit Premiere Pro, restart the application, then sign in once more to CS Live. The second log in usually does the trick for log-in privileges.
- Don’t have access to the Review Panel in Premiere Pro? You may need to sign in to CS Live, then sign out again from CS Live to have access to the Review Panel. Once you have done that, then the Review Panel in Premiere Pro should be enabled.
- Clicked on the CS Live Tab and all it said was, “Learn More”? Click where it says, “Learn More” which will take you to the CS Live site online. Sign in with your Adobe ID and then go to the CS Review main section. In Premiere, click the Sign In option at the top of the CS Live option list and then sign in. Quit then restart Premiere. You should now have the CS Review Home and Create New Review under the CS Review options. If the techniques in the above section did not work, repeat the steps above until you have access.
Here’s a list of links that may be of help to you in finding more about CS Review in Premiere Pro CS5.
With these resources and advice above, you should have little trouble generating your first review using CS Review and Premiere Pro. Be sure to post any other issues or problems you may have in the comments section below so that others can be helped in creating their own Reviews.