The popular file hosting service Dropbox extends its functionality with special collaboration tools for creative workflows, such as conversion options for downloading audio and video files, a preview option for large files, smart metadata search, frame-accurate comments and support for very large files.
Audio and video download quality options allow large files to be optionally downloaded in better compressed, smaller versions (for example, to preview the entire file over a poorer connection) - for example, a voluminous .MXF video can be converted to a smaller H.264 version.
The preview options for large video files have also been extended: videos up to 150 GB in size can now be streamed in Dropbox for the preview of a video without any download. You can also select which tracks should be played if you have multiple audio tracks. It is also possible to display and configure audio tracks in stereo and to activate and deactivate audio components without leaving the Dropbox environment.
Also new is the smart metadata search to quickly find videos with certain properties and the frame-accurate comment function, which allows to leave comments on a specific frame of a video in Dropbox. The most commonly used video file types are supported - including QuickTime, MPEG-4 and MXF.
Frame-accurate comments on video
Dropbox has also increased the maximum file size from 100 GB to 250 GB to allow the transfer of huge files over the network, especially in view of the ever increasing video files. Files can be made available for a limited period of time and can also be protected by PAssword. It is also possible to track who opened the file and how often - recipients do not need a dropbox subscription to access and view the file.
The preview and transfer of large files and also frame-accurate comments will be available from October 15th, the remaining functions of the add-on for creative tools will follow in the coming months.