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Mark Morache
Best Practice for WMV client approval
on Jul 20, 2011 at 6:42:23 pm

Alright... I looked this up in the archive and there's a thread that's over two years old, and things change, so I'm re-asking.

What do you do with clients who need to see a wmv file for approval?

As easy as it is for me to use my mobile me gallery, I always get clients who say they can't open quicktime files. I know... QT is a free download but they may have anal I.T. guys who won't let them install it.

I'd like it to be easy and cheap for me, as well as simple, intuitive, and fast for the client.

I'm afraid that every time my windows only clients gnash their teeth, they are one stop closer to finding a video guy who doesn't use mac.

Thanks!

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I'm calling it FCX. They took the "pro" out, so I will too.
I'll reconsider after the first upgrade.

Mark Morache
Avid/Xpri/FCP7/FCX
Evening Magazine,Seattle, WA
blogging at http://fcpx.wordpress.com


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best Practice for WMV client approval
on Jul 20, 2011 at 6:47:10 pm

[Mark Morache] "I'm afraid that every time my windows only clients gnash their teeth, they are one stop closer to finding a video guy who doesn't use mac."

Then you need to buy Flip4Mac. The free version puts a watermark on the video.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Mark Morache
Re: Best Practice for WMV client approval
on Jul 20, 2011 at 6:52:49 pm

I was unclear.

I have flip4mac.

My question is, once you have created the wmv file, how do you get it to the client. I'm often working with non-technical types who don't know how to tell their pc which program it should use to open mp4 files.

I'm tempted just to use youtube, and make it an unpublished movie. Everyone can watch youtube files, it just feels so unprofessional.

Thx

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I'm calling it FCX. They took the "pro" out, so I will too.
I'll reconsider after the first upgrade.

Mark Morache
Avid/Xpri/FCP7/FCX
Evening Magazine,Seattle, WA
blogging at http://fcpx.wordpress.com


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Everest Mokaeff
Re: Best Practice for WMV client approval
on Jul 20, 2011 at 7:21:18 pm

Don't forget: This is why we get paid. If they knew that they could edit it themselves in QT, perhaps, they wouldn't call us. I usually sent files over in email or upload on ftp server.

Sony PMW-EX3, Canon Mark II 5D, FCS3 in Moscow
http://www.mokaeff.com


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best Practice for WMV client approval
on Jul 20, 2011 at 7:22:31 pm

[Mark Morache] "I'm often working with non-technical types who don't know how to tell their pc which program it should use to open mp4 files."

You doubtlessly meant "wmv files".
I'm pretty sure that if they can download "filename.wmv" from your web site, they just have to double-click on the file and it opens in Windows Media Player.

I don't know the duration of your files, but I'll bet postage-stamp-sized wmv's can be emailed, too.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Adrian Beard
Re: Best Practice for WMV client approval
on Jul 20, 2011 at 7:22:38 pm

Hi Mark,

I use http://www.takeoffvideo.com when I need to show content remotely.

I live in France, my direct client was in Copenhagen, and their client was in Greenland.

It gives you your video with a timeline, allowing clients to stop the playback, add a comment, then continue watching. You can then add replies to those comments, upload changes etc etc. You can control levels of access, who can upload etc. You can setup email notifications for when comments are added. You can upload graphics, scripts or whatever I guess.

It worked flawlessly and I would definitely recommend it wholeheartedly.

AND it's free - at the moment.

I'm not affiliated in any way, just a very impressed user.

Cheers, Adrian.


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Everest Mokaeff
Re: Best Practice for WMV client approval - iChat Theater?
on Jul 20, 2011 at 9:06:44 pm

It just crossed my mind. Why none of us ever used such fantastic invention as iChat Theater Preview? Sorry if I seem to hijack the thread but I think Apple designed it specifically for this kind of situations - when your client is so..eh...dumb. You just hit the button and video is there. What do you think about it?

Sony PMW-EX3, Canon Mark II 5D, FCS3 in Moscow
http://www.mokaeff.com


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Andrew Evans
Re: Best Practice for WMV client approval - iChat Theater?
on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:03:35 pm

you have to have ichat to use ichat theater. and if they don't have a mac that's not going to work.

Andrew Evans
Lake TV
iMac 2.5G Quad 8GB
FCS 3


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Best Practice for WMV client approval - iChat Theater?
on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:23:45 pm

We create a webpage for the client.
Put their logo on it too.

Create links there for downloads.
Direction on there how to download the files.

Send them the link.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Wayne Marx
Re: Best Practice for WMV client approval - iChat Theater?
on Jul 21, 2011 at 1:27:54 pm

You can send a free Dropbox or yousendit.com link.

Also, unpublished YouTube is not necessarily unprofessional, I do it all the time.
A nice way to do it, though, is to send them a Youtube link to a page that DOESN'T have all those
lousy comments and other videos.
To do that, use the free: http://quietube.com/ link, so your video will look like this:





'>http://quietube.com/v.php/





W.


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Mark Morache
Re: Best Practice for WMV client approval - iChat Theater?
on Jul 21, 2011 at 5:23:22 pm

Adrian... thx for the tip on takeoffvideo. I'm going to check that out.

Chris... never had heard about quiettube. I love it. I'm definitely going to use that for future youtube links.

I've got dropbox, and I'm using it now. It's very easy to upload, and I love that I can send a link from my phone.

It's a bit annoying that the best way to share is for the client to install dropbox as well. Not as foolproof as youtube.

I must get around to creating my own website. Now that mobile me is going away, I can use that $100/year for webspace.

Thanks for all the good tips.

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I'm calling it FCX. They took the "pro" out, so I will too.
I'll reconsider after the first upgrade.

Mark Morache
Avid/Xpri/FCP7/FCX
Evening Magazine,Seattle, WA
blogging at http://fcpx.wordpress.com


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