October 13, 2017
Simian, the video sharing and collaboration platform that ad agencies, production companies, post houses and media brands rely on to ensure an efficient workflow for their video content, has introduced a new plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro that promises to make an editor’s job faster and easier.
Dubbed Infusion, it does just that: It imports directly into Adobe Premiere Pro the comments and annotations clients make to videos that are part of Simian Project folders. Infusion will allow editors or other artists using Premiere Pro to save time when making changes or revisions by having the client’s comments and instructions right at their fingertips (or, more accurately, on their Premiere screens), with no more toggling between programs or having to print out comments and refer to them separately.
Infusion is also a two-way tool, as it allows editors to reply to client comments from within their Premiere Pro environments and share them with others on that project’s team. Incoming client comments or notes can appear directly within the edit as markers, too, helping to minimise mistakes or misunderstandings, and editors can upload their revised edits directly back to Simian Project from within Adobe Premiere.
“Editors will be to keep track of important client changes and recommendations while still working in Premiere. With the Infusion plug-in, any comments or notes clients make will appear in a special panel within Premiere,” says Brian Atton, Simian Co-Found and COO. “We think Infusion will remove not only relieve some headaches for Premiere users, but also reflects our overall strategy here at Simian, which is to automate as many functions of the production and post production process as we can so they can focus on doing what they do best, which is be creative,” says Brian Atton, Simian Co-Founder and COO. “It further integrates Simian’s sharing and review capabilities with the basic tools that creative people rely on day in and day out.”
Simian users who’ve taken Infusion for a test drive are impressed with its handling. “With the kind of expedited deadlines we’re working under in TV commercials, branded content and just about any other form of media deliverable, this Premiere Pro plugin is an incredibly helpful timesaver,” says J.P. McMahon, Executive Producer and Partner at the L.A.-based hybrid production and post production company A Common Thread.
To download Infusion, visit the Simian apps page here.
August 2, 2016
Laguna Niguel, Calif.—August 2, 2016—Simian, the leader in innovative video sharing and collaboration solutions for the advertising, film and media & entertainment industries has completely revamped their existing Microsite Creator to provide both business and creative teams all-new features and options for presenting video. Presentations can now be viewed in real-time, as they are built, via inline editing that provides an intuitive, simplified creation environment. In addition, enhanced analytic capabilities offer a deeper understanding of media presentation performance.
From new business and talent pitches to work in progress and digital asset repositories, Simian Microsites have long offered endless options for presenting video and creative works and this most recent upgrade is no exception. Simian has introduced an impressive array of new templates equipped with customization options such as font selection and layouts, plus the ability to add contacts and social links. Even existing templates have been retrofitted for a modern look and all have been optimized for every device.
As an alternative to typical showreel and sales presentations, Microsites accommodate more information and custom content with very little time investment. “With video, Keynote and PowerPoint are cumbersome and very limiting, not to mention files are often too large to send via email and offer no analytics,” says Simian co-founder, Brian Atton. “By understanding our clients' needs and prioritizing their experience, we are able to provide them with more creative control and a competitive advantage when presenting their work,” Atton adds.
"In addition to the streamlined interface, we have added the ability for CSS overrides and for embedding analytical tracking codes which help our clients retarget to their audiences," says Simian CTO, Jay Brooks. "Be it Google Analytics or Facebook pixel tracking, our advanced analytics really open up the uses and add the power to integrate Microsites into larger campaigns." These additional customization options, along with Simian’s recently launched 360°/VR Video Support Solution, gives users the ability to create unique presentations that suit their business needs.
Simian constantly explores new ways to expand their Microsite template offering in an effort to help creatives build true, digital pre-production books and treatments that can be sent digitally, downloaded and turned into a PDF for printing.