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June 23, 2014

Remark – Video Collaboration & Annotation

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Document and image collaboration applications are a dime a dozen, but finding ways for teams to internally annotate, review, and approve videos has always been a bit harder. Remark is an application designed to replace emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings throughout the video collaboration process.

Remark understands that most video content producers are tied to the hosting services they currently use. With that in mind, the application’s developers created a process that enables users to collect time stamped feedback on videos without switching away from their existing hosting services. Just upload your video on Vimeo, Dropbox, Box, or YouTube like you always would, and drop a link into Remark. Invite collaborators to participate in the editing process, or share your video privately with a unique link. Your collaborators will immediately be able to use Remark’s “viewing room” to annotate your video with time stamped feedback.

The feedback you collect through Remark can quickly be exported to whichever video editing software you currently use, allowing you to see which team members left which annotations even after you’ve moved outside of the Remark platform. In addition to its browser-based platform, Remark provides a native application for iPad users.

Practical Uses:

  • Collect notes from clients on a video you’re producing
  • Get ideas from colleagues on how to improve a promotional clip
  • Get time stamped feedback with notes tied directly to certain points in your video
  • Manage a project’s collaborators and videos through Dropbox or Box

Insider Tips:

  • For the best experience, users should rely on Google Chrome when using Remark
  • Share individual projects with as many guest viewers as you like
  • Changes to video folders on Dropbox or Box are automatically updated in Remark
  • Remark supports videos that have been uploaded to any hosting platform

What we liked:

  • Guest viewers can provide feedback on videos without actively collaborating on the project
  • Two users on two different devices can watch videos at the exact same frame
  • Custom branding options allow companies to add their names and marker icons in Remark’s viewing rooms
  • Users can add as many projects, videos, and guest viewers as they want

What we didn’t like:

  • Account owners are charged for each collaborator they add to a project

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Company Info:

  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Austin, Texas
  • Founded by: Taylor Hou and Sri Sonti
  • Web site: https://remarkhq.com

Costs:

  • Personal plan is $8.50 per month
  • Plus plan is $25.50 per month
  • Pro plan is $51 per month
  • Custom plans for clients with enterprise needs