Advanced Features in ftrack Review

Compare mode

In a Review, any asset that has more than one Version (displaying a number higher than 1 and has a little arrow next to it, as shown in the image below), can be opened in the Compare mode.

To do so, first, go to the right sidebar 'Playlist' tab and select the 'Group by Asset'.

Then, select the asset you would like to compare.


And finally, click on the 'Compare' button on the toolbar.


The Compare mode interface opens in the horizontal playlist area - letting you choose between Overlay or Side by Side compare modes.




In Side by Side mode, the two files are tiled next to each other and can be played together.

If in Sync with other participants, they will also see the same two files in Side by Side mode.




In Overlay mode, the two files are laid on top of each other, with an opacity slider that allows you to toggle between the two files. Overlay mode is an excellent tool for seeing minor differences, especially during playback.


Overlaid versions:


You can dismiss Compare Mode by either clicking the X to the right of the compare mode controls or by choosing another clip in the playlist.




Ghosting allows drawings to be seen over multiple frames, both before and after the frame on which the annotation is made, authorizing the user to sketch the path of an object or to indicate movement over time.


To activate, click on the 'Ghosting' button on the toolbar. You can find it in the lower center of the player interface among the other annotation tools.

While enabling, you can also define how many frames you wish to view the annotations behind or ahead of the current frame.



Flip and Flop

The Flip and Flop features allow you to Flip and Flop media, invert mirror images or videos and compare them in Compare mode.

You can activate them from the toolbar buttons, which you can find in the lower center of the player interface.

Once activated - the indicator icons will remain lit and purple till the tool is deactivated.


This is the media Flipped vertically:


This is the media Flopped horizontally:

While in ‘Play All’ or ‘Play Selection’, any live updates made to the sequence (eigher in vertical or horizontal playlist) will automatically update the timeline and clips without requiring reloading.


Sequence playback

Rather than playing each file in your playlist individually, you can also choose to play some - or all of them - in the same timeline.

Select either 'Play All' or 'Play Selection' from the 'Playback options' gear menu at the lower-left corner.

  • Play One - Plays only the selected version (default)
  • Play All - will assemble all the clips in playlist order (you can adjust the playlist order using the vertical playlist).
  • Play Selection - this will allow you to choose which clips you want in the sequence.


While in ‘Play All’ and ‘Play Selection’ modes, you can easily re-order the clips by dragging and dropping the versions within the playlist (either vertical or horizontal).

Any live updates made to the sequence will automatically reflect on the timeline and clips, eliminating the need for manual reloading.


Playback speed

In the same Playback options gear menu, you can also change the playback speed of your media, including while it’s playing.

It’s a valuable function for auditioning speed changes, especially in animation.



Media resolution

Uploading files to ftrack generates multiple proxies so you can review your media in as high a resolution as possible. You can change the resolution using the 'Playback options' menu REVIEW-playback-options-menu.jpg in the playback toolbar. The resolution can only go as high as the original media uploaded, up to 4K if you have the Review Pro add-on.

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