The essence of Scribbeo is collaboration, and this can be done primarily through annotation. In this quicktour, learn how to add annotations to your media, as well as how to share these notes with others.
Learn how to import media into Scribbeo using iTunes File Sharing, DropBox, or through your device’s Camera Roll.
Learn about the new iOS app Scribbeo in this Introduction. It contains a brief overview of the Scribbeo iPad interface, as well as the different modes you can work with.
Scribbeo is designed to function in a few different modes. The most advanced of these is the Network mode. In this mode, you have true collaboration and access to clips that may be stored remotely on a computer that is connected to the internet.
Next, copy the ScribbeoServer to your Applications folder.
Next, double click the ScribbeoServer icon to launch the server.
A green star means that the ScribbeoServer is up and running.
Next, we will configure the server, which is a whole lot simpler than it sounds.
Click on the green star and select Change Directory from the drop-down menu.
The Finder window will open and ask you to select a folder. This folder is where you need to keep all of the clips that you want your Scribbeo users to access. This is also the folder where Scribbeo will store other files it uses to store annotations and notes.
The default port for the ScribbeoServer is 8080 (more on this later) but if you need to change it, click again on the green star and select Change Port from the drop-down menu.
A popup will show you the current port, which you can change if need be.
At this point you have your ScribbeoServer up and running.
Here are a few things you can do with your Scribbeo Server:
1. Create collaboration on your local network (LAN):
In order for the ScribbeoServer to be accessible to all the Scribbeo users, first, you must download and install the ScribbeoServer, as described above.
• Click on Settings in the Scribbeo app’s interface on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
• Click the Auto Discover selector to ON.
At this stage, any iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch user, who is using Scribbeo, and shares the same network as the ScribbeoServer, will be able to see the Scribbeo Server and have access to all of the clips stored on that server.
For example, if you are running the ScribbeoServer on a Mac which is using a WiFi network, your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, which may be using the Scribbeo app, also need to be on the same WiFi network for this local collaboration to work.
Users may freely access the clips, make notations and text notes on them. Each user will see everyone else’s notes and have direct access to them.
2. Create remote collaboration over the internet (WAN):
In order for the ScribbeoServer to be accessible to all the Scribbeo users, first, you must download and install the Scribbeo Server, as described above.
• Click on Settings in the Scribbeo app’s interface on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
• Click the Auto Discover selector to OFF.
• Click the Network Mode to ON. (Marked as 1 in the picture below)
• Enter the IP (2) and port number (3).
A few cautions and gotchas when setting up remote collaboration:
• Keep in mind that many offices and workplaces have local networks (LAN) that may or may not have access to the outside internet world (WAN). The IP that you enter in the Scribbeo Settings needs to be your external IP and not the local IP.
You can determine your external IP by going to websites such as whatismyip.
• In some cases IT admins and others may have access blocked to the outside internet, or have the ports closed off for security reasons. You need to work through your IT staff to open up access so that ScribbeoServer is exposed to the outside internet.
You can also determine which ports are open for your external IP by going to this website: yougetsignal.
In most cases where the WAN access is restricted, a fair amount of understanding of networking is needed to gain proper access.
Scribbeo was designed with flexibility in mind. There are many ways in the app to load or view clips and stills for marking them up.
The most basic method is to load the clips or stills into Scribbeo on your iOS device using iTunes File Sharing. What is great about this method is that no syncing is needed!
First, connect your iOS device to your computer and launch iTunes. Your device should appear under the DEVICES tab in iTunes. (See image below)
Next, select the Apps tab in iTunes to access the apps on your device, as shown in the image below:
Scroll down to the bottom of the Apps page until you see the File Sharing section, as shown below. You will see the Scribbeo icon under Apps.
Click on the Add… button in the Scribbeo Documents section, as shown above.
The Finder window will appear, as shown above. Navigate and select your stills or clips.
Click on the Open button.
iTunes will take a few seconds to load the clips or stills to your iOS device and it will appear under the Scribbeo Documents section, as shown below.
Eject your device from iTunes and you are ready to roll. (You do not need to Sync your device at this stage.) Now you can play and markup your clips as you please.
Keep in mind that when you are using the iTunes File Sharing method to load the files into Scribbeo, we are only able to support the type of files that are allowed by Apple on their iOS devices.
To see the type of files supported by Apple on the iOS devices, see the link below.
File supported for playback by Apple on iOS devices. (Scroll down below to the TV and Video section on the page.)
After marking up clips and stills you can send out your notes as emails from Scribbeo.
Scribbeo was designed to allow you to mark up your clips and stills and then share these markups and notes with others.
One of the basic ways of sharing your notes is to send out emails from Scribbeo. To send out these emails you can press the Email button on the left side, just above the notes table.
The image (above) shows you what you will see. At this point you can enter the name of the email recipient and off it goes!
However, keep in mind that Scribbeo allows you to send out emails in two different formats: HTML or PDF.
In many cases the email servers will strip out items from the HTML emails. If you are hearing back from your email recipients about emails that have missing elements, there is a simple workaround for this problem.
Click on the Settings button in Scribbeo.
When you enter the Settings page in Scribbeo, select Email Format under Email Settings. (See image above)
On the next page, select PDF as default option. (See image below)
Now your emails will go out as a pdf file, a much more robust and intact way of sending out your notes and markups from Scribbeo.
Above left, pages from Scribbeo used by Edelman on his doctorate thesis. Right, Edelman teaching.
Education is no longer restricted to textbooks and writing. Images and media have also become a central component of teaching and learning.
Prof. Jonathan Antonio Edelman, who teaches at the Product Realization Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, has found that Scribbeo is the ideal communication tool for him to exchange ideas with his students.
In one of his classes Design 1, for example, the 3-D assignment is called “six textures.” Using video to capture the assignment is a common and useful tool. Video allows for viewers to get many views of the same object. Scribbeo allows Edelman to make notes for himself and for students about the work.
“Scribbeo allows me to document my observations and critiques right on an image of student’s work,” says Edelman. “The cool thing is I can make drawings on the image, so students know exactly what and where improvements can be made, or what and where things are working.”
Edelman uses Scribbeo to make notes and markups on a student’s assignment delivered on video.
Edelman also found Scribbeo useful for his own doctoral research on how small teams innovate. The research he conducts is primarily qualitative research, which requires video — especially annotated video, to capture data and communicate findings. For example, in the video of the process of teams innovating, Edelman used Scribbeo to mark off gestures that are often copied by other members and transformed into other gestures.
Edelman says, “Scribbeo is a great tool for collaborative qualitative research. It takes many eyes to see what is going on, and words alone can’t capture the nuances of live interactions. Scribbeo makes it easy to capture insights and share them with the research team.”
Edelman used Scribbeo for his doctoral research on innovation in small teams.
According to Edelman, before Scribbeo he was using editing and effects tools to mark up video. He found the old method time-consuming and clunky. He finds Scribbeo quick, easy to use, and smooth for his work.
“I wish I had Scribbeo five years ago when I was starting my Doctoral work,” Edelman says.
NCIS-LA creator Shane Brennan.
We are very proud to announce that our Scribbeo iOS app is being used regularly on the TV show NCIS-LA by Shane Brennan, one of the most sought-after producers in Hollywood. In 2011 Variety magazine named Brennan one of the Primetime Drivers of the year.
Brennan’s credits at IMDB are long and impressive, and he is the creator of the NCIS franchise as well as CSI: Miami and many other top series on network TV. Our proudest moment came when we learned that Brennan had used Scribbeo during his vacation from a remote island, off the coast of Australia, to send mix notes back to his post crew on NCIS-LA located in Los Angeles.
We have posted a detailed story here at our main Scribbeo website.
Our Scribbeo iOS app is going to be debuting at the FCPUG (Final Cut Pro Users Group) Supermeet, which is slated to take place on the evening of Fri, Jan 27th, 2012 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.
Ramy Katrib will be presenting the Scribbeo app to the thousands of people who are expected to attend this gathering.
More information here.