At NAB 2015 we'll be revealing a brand new integration between cineSync and Shotgun and I wanted to give you a sneak peak.
Unlike previous integrations that required a separate install, this new integration comes bundled with cineSync Pro and it's way more powerful than anything we've done before. It's all been based on comprehensive feedback from both cineSync and Shotgun users and it'll change the way you use both tools. So - what does it do?
The new integration allows you to browse Shotgun right from within cineSync. We've added a new dedicated Shotgun menu that will let you launch a Shotgun Review window that's completely controlled by cineSync. You can browse any available Projects and select any Playlists or Versions for review - then it's just a simple matter of clicking "Add to Session" and your files will automatically be added to cineSync.
During the cineSync review, you can use the inbuilt Shotgun Review pane to browse for alternate or previous Versions, to view all previous notes on Versions and to add new Versions for review at any time, without having to leave cineSync.
We've also upgraded the notes tool in cineSync, with thumbnails updated live and notes created on the fly, making note taking quick and easy.
Once the review has been completed, things start to get really exciting.
Previously, one of the regular pain points for co-ordinators has been ensuring all the information in a cineSync review is accurately transferred into Shotgun. Previous integrations have solved some of the problems, but didn't handle the case where notes had been taken in Shotgun's Notes App, while drawings were made in cineSync. That issue is now comprehensively solved!
At the end of the review, you can now select "Preview and Publish Notes". This will bring up a preview pane, showing you all the notes that have been made and all the associated marked-up frames. If everything is as it should be, then you can hit publish. However, you can also choose to either edit your notes, remove any redundant frames, or you can choose to merge notes with any other notes taken separately in Shotgun. Any merged notes will show up in the preview live, so you can see what's going to happen before you publish.
So now, all your cineSync data will end up in Shotgun, in exactly the place you need it to be.
We'll be showing the new integration at NAB 2015 alongside the Shotgun team on the Autodesk booth (SL3317). We have some specific slots for presentations at the following times:
Monday - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday - 10:00am to 11:00am
Wednesday - 11:00pm to 12:00pm and 3:00pm to 4:00pm
I'll be there, along with our Head of Engineering Neil Wilson, so we can answer any questions you have.
Initially the integration will be offered as a private beta, with a full rollout expected in the weeks following NAB. If you're interested in signing up for the beta, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
We're looking forward to seeing you at the show!