What are Candidates and how do I use them?

When using fylm.ai to colour grade your work you may create several different looks for one particular image. These are Candidates. Candidates are looks you consider for the final grade for that particular image.

To save a look as a Candidate use the Add as a Candidate button. Candidates creation is available for team members only with Collaborator or higher permissions.

A saved Candidate is added to the Candidates tab.

For example, you may create a slightly colder look for a particular image, but also a slightly warmer one as well as a more contrasty look. All of these can be saved as Candidates. There is no limit on the number of Candidates you can create for a particular image.

Click a Candidate to apply the look to the image.

There are two main uses for Candidates:

  1. Testing different looks on a particular image
  2. Reusing a look on a different image without having to recreate the look

By default, Candidates are attached to the asset loaded in the main viewer at the time of Candidate creation. If you would like to reuse an existing Candidate for a different asset, use the Copy Candidate To or Apply Grade To options from the contextual menu next to the Candidate.

Alternatively, you can use the Copy Candidate From option from the contextual menu, next to the item you want to reuse an existing Candidate on.

If you no longer need a particular Candidate you can delete it. To delete a Candidate simply click the Delete option from the contextual menu next to the Candidate. Candidates deletion is available for team members only with Collaborator or higher permissions.

When you delete a Candidate, that Candidate is deleted only for the asset from which you have invoked the contextual menu. If you have previously duplicated a Candidate to make it available for several different assets and you would want to delete these Candidates as well, you will have to repeat the process for each asset.

A deleted Candidate will be moved to the Trash folder. You can restore a deleted Candidate by clicking the Restore icon next to the deleted Candidate.

To permanently delete a Candidate use the Delete Permanently option.

As Candidates are looks being considered for a particular colour grade, they can be shared with clients. To share a Candidate, click the Share option from the contextual menu next to a Candidate you want to share.

When a Candidate is shared, you must enter the email address of the intended recipient. You can add an unlimited number of recipients.

When sharing an asset, you can select to time-expire the shared asset. The option to time-expire the shared link is available in Team plan or higher only.

Additionally, you can also password protect your shared link. The option to password protect the shared link is available in the Enterprise plan only.

Please pay attention to spell the recipient’s email correctly as once the email is sent the recipient can click the link in the email to view the shared asset.

Once a Candidate is shared the recipient will receive an email with a unique link which, when clicked, will load the Candidate with the related asset the Candidate belongs to. The recipient of the shared Candidate can comment on it or assign a status to it.

To comment on a Candidate the recipient can simply use the comment form. If the recipient comments on a single shared Candidate, their comment will appear in the comments thread associated with the Bin to which the Candidate belongs to. By default, comments in fylm.ai are attached to a Bin. That way there is one communication channel for all different assets in a Bin. Each Bin contains its own communication channel with comments related to the assets in that Bin.

Please note that when you share an asset on Pro plan, the entire comment thread for the Bin the shared Candidate belongs to, is visible to the recipient. Team-only comments are available in the Team plan and higher. For more information please visit this document.

To change the status of the Candidate the recipient can use the Status option from the contextual menu next to the Candidate. The ability to change the status of a Candidate for non-organisation members is limited to Team plan and higher. Status change of an asset for members of an organisation requires a Collaborator permission or higher.

If you have made a mistake and you want to invalidate the shared link, click the Share option again from the contextual menu next to the Candidate you have already shared. This will open a modal window in which you can click the Stop Sharing button to to invalidate the shared link.

To share several Candidates at once, you should add the Candidates you would like to share to the Shared folder in the Project Management tab. To do that, select all of the Candidates you want to share and click on the “Add to Shared” option from the contextual menu. Then, to share the Shared folder, click the Share icon from the contextual menu next to the Shared folder.

When the intended recipient visits the shared link they will see the shared Candidates with their related assets.

When a recipient comments on a Candidate, which was shared with them through the Shared folder option, their comment will be attached to the Shared folder, which will serve as a new communication channel where a separate comments thread can be held. It’s a convenient way of having a dedicated comments thread with the recipients of shared assets.

Please note that if you remove an asset from Shared folder, it will no longer be visible to the recipient, even if they previously were able to see the asset.

You can also share several different Candidates with different recipients. To do so, first select the Shared folder in the Project Management tab. Then use the Create New Folder icon to create a new sub-folder inside the Shared folder. Repeat this process to create more sub-folders. We will use each sub-folder to share it with a different group of recipients.

Then, copy all of the Candidates you would like to share with one (or more) recipients to a sub-folder inside the Shared folder in the Project Management tab. To share the sub-folder, click the Share option from the contextual menu next to the sub-folder.

Repeat the process for additional sub-folders and share each of the sub-folders with the intended recipients.

When a recipient comments on a Candidate, which was shared with them through a sub-folder inside the Shared folder, their comment will be attached to the sub-folder, which will serve as a new communication channel where a separate comments thread can be held. It’s a convenient way of having a dedicated comments thread with the recipients of the sub-folder assets.