What's the difference between SG Review and Screening Room?

SG Review is new with Shotgun+RV 7.0 and is the name given to the combination of the Media App, browser Overlay Player, and RV Desktop Media Player. With SG Review, we've continued to focus on streamlining and simplifying the review process.

The Media App serves as mission control for all things media—Versions, Playlists, and Cuts—on your Shotgun site. You can quickly view content with the browser Overlay Player, build Playlists with drag and drop, and share Playlists with your Clients via the Client Review Site. And since the Overlay Player can access Cuts, that means you can review media in context from anywhere in Shotgun that you see a playable thumbnail.

If local, hi-res playback is your priority, SG Review for RV has you covered. Featuring native Notes and Cut Tray Panes, SG Review for RV eliminates the need for the cluttered Screening Room for RV Timeline Pane by leveraging the Media App to launch and drive RV instead. Session management is overhauled to provide you more options for viewing your media and managing your review sessions.

Shotgun 7.0 marks the beginning of a transition away from Screening Room and towards SG Review. While there is not a definitive timeline for the end-of-life of Screening Room at this moment, we'll provide plenty of advanced notification and ensure that we don't remove functionality unless matched similarly (or better) in SG Review. During this period, you won't see major updates to Screening Room—this means the Cut-related features are not present in the Screening Room UI.

During this transition, we'll do our best to prioritize making the move as smooth as possible, but it's possible there will be bumps along the way. Much of the details below are related to an update to the RV Protocol Handler (RVLINK) which was necessitated to support 7.0 cut-related features that is controlled via the Site Preferences > Advanced > SG Review for RV preference.

  • When the preference is disabled, the legacy RV Protocol Handler is in place. For Shotgun to properly launch RV and media, RV's Shotgun Integration and Screening Room for RV packages need to be enabled. Cut playback is not supported in this case.
  • When the preference is enabled, the new RV Protocol Handler is in place. For Shotgun to properly launch RV, media, and cuts, you need RV 7.0 with the SG Review package enabled. 

To help clarify, let's walk through the common cases out there.

If you're a current Screening Room or SG+RV integration user:

  • When Shotgun 7.0 rolls out to your site, we don't make any changes to your site and Screening Room, Screening Room for RV, and the SG+RV Integration will remain enabled and should function as expected.
  • When installing RV 7.0, be aware that the SG Review package is enabled by default. If you'd like to continue to use Screening Room for RV and the SG+RV Integration, you will need to disable the SG Review package and re-enable the Screening Room for RV and Shotgun Integration packages and then restart RV.
  • While mentioned above that Screening Room will not see the new Cut-related features, it is technically possible to "view a Cut", in a manner of speaking. This is due to how Screening Room looks at Shot-level fields and Sequences to playback Shot Versions sequentially. In theory, if you opt to update Shot-level fields when importing a Cut with the RV Import Cut App, you could continue to view a representation of the latest revision of an entire Cut.
  • When you're ready to try SG Review and the 7.0 Cut features, you'll need to do two things:
    • Enable the SG Review for RV preference found in Site Preferences > Advanced.
    • If you disabled the SG Review package in RV 7.0, you'll need to re-enable it and restart RV.

If you're a current Shotgun client that isn't using Screening Room for RV or SG+RV Integration and want to use SG Review for RV to view Cuts:

You'll need to:

  • Enable the SG Review for RV preference found in Site Preferences > Advanced.
  • Download and install RV 7.0 from within Shotgun's App Menu.

If you're new to Shotgun as of 7.0 and want to use SG Review for RV:

New sites are built to prioritize SG Review for RV, so all you need to do is download and install RV 7.0 from within Shotgun's App Menu and you're all set.

If you're new to Shotgun as of 7.0, but want to use Screening Room for RV:

You'll need to:

  • Disable the SG Review for RV preference found in Site Preferences > Advanced.
  • Disable the SG Review package and re-enable the Screening Room for RV and Shotgun Integration packages and then restart RV.

If you fall into this category, we'd love to hear from you and get your feedback as to why SG Review isn't working out for you.

Learn troubleshooting tips related to the RV Protocol Handler.

 

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