User Guide: Live Sessions

 

A LiveSession allows you to review videos in real time with other members of your VideoReview WorkSession.  During a LiveSession, Playback is synchronized for all members of the WorkSession.

To use LiveSession, you'll start VideoReview, invite users to your WorkSession, and then join the LiveSession.

 

Setting up a LiveSession

  1. Start the VideoReview application for the file you want to review.

    1. Browse to the Workspace and folder that contains the file you want to review. Click on the file to invoke the Action Bar, or right-click to invoke the file's context menu.

    2. Click "Apps" -> "VideoReview" on the Action Bar to open the file with the VideoReview application:


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      Figure 1: Open WorkSession from Action Bar

      ...or, click "LaunchApp" -> "VideoReview" in the file's context menu:

       

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      Figure 2: Open WorkSession from the file's context menu

      VideoReview opens in a separate tab.

  2. Invite reviewers to your WorkSession (see the menu in the top right corner of the WorkSession view). Invited members will receive an invitation to join the session.  

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Figure 3: Invite members to the WorkSession

3. Start LiveSession:

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Figure 4: Start LiveSession

4. Click the "Join LiveSession" button to initiate the LiveSession. Optionally, if you want to provide a quick, direct link to the session, click Copy Link and send the link to your WorkSession members:

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Figure 5: Join LiveSession

 

Participating in a LiveSession

After you join the LiveSession, the LiveSession window is displayed for all members:

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Figure 6: VideoReview WorkSession interface

In the left part of the view, users may see a list of files that are being reviewed in the current WorkSession. Files may be added or removed from the session. WorkSessions may see file details, like or dislike a file:

 

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Figure 7: Add/remove, like/dislike a file, file details

The left panel may be collapsed or expanded by clicking on the arrow icon in the bottom left corner of the WorkSession view.

To the right of the preview player users may see the comments section. Session members may leave comments specific to a certain frame/timecode, edit, delete, sort, and search the comments:

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Figure 8: The comments section

Just like the left panel, the comment section may be collapsed or expanded by clicking on the arrow icon in the bottom right corner of the WorkSession view.

Previewing a file

The center pane provides video preview and playback controls. The main distinction from a regular VideoReview session is that the playback is now controlled by any member who has joined the LiveSession. All members of the LiveSession see what that member is playing back.

 

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Figure 9: The preview player

  • The video preview defaults to the beginning of a video file.  A user may jump in the timeline of a video file by clicking in, or dragging along the timeline.  Playback begins wherever the user has chosen to start play.  The playback is then synchronized for all members of the LiveSession.

  • The controls below the video preview display the current file name, provide a button to leave the LiveSession, list the members in the LiveSession, and provide a Live Pen Tool.

  • Select the Live Pen Tool b_livepen.png to draw on the video preview to point out elements to other members of the LiveSession:

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Figure 10: Drawing with the Live Pen Tool

  • While the Timecode is visible to all users in the playback control area, you may click the Timecode b_timecode.png button to display the timecode of the selected clip in the video preview. If there is no embedded timecode, the timecode will start from 00:00:00:00.  The timecode will be displayed in hh:mm:ss;ff. Click again to toggle to TS (timestamp) format in hh:mm:ss.ms. And click again to turn off the timecode overlay.

  • Click Like Frame b_likeframe.png to like the current frame. You can select the File Discussion tab on the right side of the LiveSession window to type comments and reply to other members' comments.

  • Click Dislike Frame b_dislikeframe.png to dislike the current frame. You can select the File Discussion tab on the right side of the LiveSession window to type comments and reply to other members' comments.

  • Click -3s to move the cursor back three seconds.

  • Click b_play.png to start playback from the cursor position. During playback, click b_pause.png to pause playback and preserve the cursor position.

  • Click b_play2x.png to start double-speed playback.  This can double-speed up to 16x.

  • Drag the Volume fader to adjust the audio volume during playback.

  • In addition to the scrub-able filmstrip, there is also an audio waveform. 

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    Figure 11: Filmstrip, audio waveform and comments

    A point is displayed beneath the audio waveform to represent each like/dislike comment. Click the point to see the comments associated with the frame.

    Click a point to display its comment. Drag the cursor to scrub the timeline. You can also press the left and right arrow keys to move backward or forward in one-frame increments:

Viewing available hotkeys

Click the More button vert_menu.pngand choose Hotkeys to see the available keyboard shortcuts for controlling playback in the video preview.

Exporting your WorkSession comments

Click the More button vert_menu.pngand choose Export to see the available keyboard shortcuts for controlling playback in the video preview.

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