There's nothing quite like a good before/after wipe to reveal just what went into a grade or correction for a particular shot. Reels work well enough with an animated transition, but what if the comparison could be more interactive?
While visiting a friend I noticed an empty Premiere project open with an importing dialog box that didn't seem to be moving. When I asked him if his machine was frozen he revealed that no, it wasn't, he had simply dropped a folder containing a feature film's worth of Cinema DNG footage into Premiere and it was taking a while to import. A while in this case meant having run for about 5 hours and having a progress bar that was only barely visible.
I tried to explain his machine or Premiere would probably crash before it could finish, and that even if the import did finish he would not like or want the results. Another friend who works in video/tech was present and surprisingly agreed that although it may take a while, dragging and dropping the whole shebang into the project pane should be just fine. I did my best to resit the urge to facepalm.
He's a shooter rather than editor by trade, and the problem here is a weird one, so I don't fault him for not knowing any bet…
Blackmagic has a product called the Hyperdeck Studio which is essentially a tape deck that uses 2.5" SSD's instead of tapes. It even supports deck control via RS-422. They also make the Teranex, a hardware conversion box. So it should be simple to use these two products together for standards conversions right? Load your master(s) onto an SSD, pop it in, patch through the Teranex to an edit station with capture, and batch import your neatly converted media.
Well there are some weird quicks, but with a little help from FFmpeg and an AJA capture interface it all works out.
This is an attempt at an idea I had to document the tools, software or otherwise, that I find indispensable. Tools can be used in many different ways and for different reasons so I'll try and keep these sort of abstract but provide enough links to explore further if you're so inclined.
It's not always the best solution for every situation, but I'll be darned if it can't handle just about ANY situation. To list it's abilities and format support is beyond the scope of this post but suffice it to say they are both... extensive. It's also free, open source, and runs on just about everything.
CC 2014.1 screws up playback with AJA devices in a really irritating way. It's stuff like this that really makes we wish Adobe offered some sort of stable release of CC for post houses rather than constantly pushing out updates that fix some things while causing others to break.
We had a RED Dragon project coming in that was going to be extremely After Effects heavy and quickly discovered this fun fact, which required an update to Adobe CC 2014.1 to fix.
With it's Mercury playback engine Adobe likes to push the idea of a fully online/native workflow fairy hard. For the most part, if you've got the hardware, it actually works pretty well. I recently discovered the hard way that, in certain circumstances,deviating from this model could mean you're going to be in for some chop.