How to use live review in Dropbox Replay

Dropbox Replay is currently in beta and is subject to additional terms.

You can start a live review session in Dropbox Replay to review audio and video files with collaborators in real-time. During a live review session, you can comment directly on the frame, as well as see what others are commenting. If you start a live review session for a video file, you and your collaborators can also draw on the frame to highlight visual elements and see what others are drawing. Anyone in the live review session can control audio or video playback.

How to start a live review session

To start a live review session in Replay:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click the grid icon in the top-left corner.
  3. Click Replay from the menu that appears.
    • Dropbox Replay will open in a new tab.
  4. Open the audio or video file you’d like to review.
  5. Click Start Live Review in the top-right corner.

A note will appear at the bottom of your screen, notifying you that a live session has begun.

How to share a live review session

To share your file and invite collaborators to your live review session:

  1. Start a live review session.
  2. Click Share in the top-right corner.
    • Click Copy Link to the right of Review and comment to invite someone to join your live review session.
    • Click Copy Link to the right of View-only link to let someone view your file without being able to join your live review session or see comments.
    • Note: You can also click Add password to require a password to join your session.
  3. Paste the link where you’d like to share it.

Anyone with permission will be able to draw on the video and provide comments using the right sidebar.

You can see how many people are currently in your live review session in the top-right corner, indicated by [x] watching.

How to add comments

You can add comments on the audio or video file during a live review session. To do this:

  1. Drag the playhead or click on the timeline where you’d like to post a comment.
  2. Type your comment in the text field in the bottom-right corner.
  3. Click Post.

You’ll see your comment appear on the timeline at the timeframe you selected. You can also reply to comments by clicking Reply, edit comments by clicking “” (vertical ellipsis) and then Edit, or resolve comments by clicking the circle icon next to a comment.

How to draw on a video

If you’re reviewing a video, you can draw directly on the video and post your drawings as comments. To do this:

  1. Drag the playhead or click on the timeline where you’d like to add a drawing.
  2. Hover over the video where you’d like to draw.
    • Your cursor will become a pencil icon.
  3. Hold and drag your cursor to start drawing.
  4. Click the airplane icon to post your drawing as a comment.
    • You can also delete your drawing by clicking the trash can icon, undo your last drawing action by clicking the reverse arrow icon, or select a different color by clicking the color wheel icon.

Once you post your drawing, you’ll see a new comment appear at the specified timeframe on the timeline. The comment will be annotated with a pencil icon in the Comments section to signify that it’s a drawing.

Note: Collaborators can leave a live review session at any time by clicking Leave in the top-right. They can still post comments and drawings outside of a live review session as long as they have comment permissions for the file.

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