Cool Workflow Tools for the Post Production Pipeline
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As I wandered the NAB Show this year, I talked to a lot of companies with cool stuff. Maybe not "cool" so much in a way where it solved a problem I had right now, but more like "when I was 15, I would have thought this was completely rad." We take a lot of stuff for granted nowadays in terms of size and speed and immediacy, and these are a few of those things I wanted to tell you about. Because they're not outwardly sexy to look at (nor are they using half-naked women to sell their products) but the things they do are awesome.
It's a variety of nifty stuff, but the thread that ties it together: would a 16-year-old video geek be like "OMG"? Yes? Okay.
MTI Film's CORTEX CarryOn
Famously known for their work in film restoration, MTI Film has added to its strength in digital dailies with the introduction of CORTEX CarryOn, a portable, all-in-one, on-set dailies device that is powerful enough to handle demanding production tasks, yet small enough to fit in the overhead bin of an aircraft.
Copy. Color. Sync. Transcode. The CORTEX CarryOn fits into the overhead bin of an aircraft.
CORTEX CarryOn is more affordable than similar solutions, yet it remains capable of processing dailies for most digital cinema cameras like RED and ARRI. It's a plug-and-play device with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 for fast transfers, GPU-accelerated rendering, and ultra-quiet operation -- all of which are very important to have in a device sitting on set.
"The system can benefit any motion picture or television production seeking to streamline its workflow and improve reliability in dailies production. In particular, our new feature, called the CORTEX Manifest, can be used to send metadata files from the set to post, maintaining metadata coherence, including color decisions and media file tracking information, from camera through final delivery," said MTI Film Product Manager JD Vandenberghe. So basically, this little thing can manage everything on-set and keep it organized for post. I'm down with that.
MTI Film is still restoring films too -- recently completing Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Macbeth, and Manhunt.
SkyDrop is the first and only commercially available hybrid SaaS (software as a service) solution that accelerates the movement of big data and professional media files into and out of cloud storage. Unlike other acceleration offerings,
Signiant SkyDrop is a genuine cloud-formed solution that leverages managed cloud infrastructure, in contrast to software that customers must deploy and manage. It offers high transfer speed, low overhead, and scalability to large and smaller enterprises that use workflows that require fast exchange of files to and from cloud storage, including active archiving, media processing and big data analysis.
SkyDrop removes the burden of managing the software and infrastructure involved with moving so much data in and out of the cloud (though developer kits are available if the out of the box app isn't exactly what you want to use.)
SkyDrop offers the same acceleration and bandwidth optimization as Signiant's Media Shuttle, a service for sending and receiving large files reliably.
HP's Remote Graphics Software
HP PGS 7.0 introduces a remote desktop software that offers a different way for workstation users to work, enabling real-time collaboration between multiple users simultaneously and providing remote access to a workstation with little to no loss of performance on a Windows 8 tablet.
RGS enables animators, designers and engineers to work and collaborate more efficiently across geographies by connecting them to their high-powered workstations, wherever they may be. Users can leverage the power of their workstations from afar on their tablet, even accessing complex software like Autodesk Maya. Functions on the tablet, like programmable swipes and gestures, make the applications' user interfaces easier to use on the small tablet screen.
HP RGS has unique features developed specifically for workstation users and is the only remote software protocol in the workstation market that allows users to host interactive collaboration sessions.
SmartSound's Sonicfire Pro FCPX plug-in
This spring, SmartSound introduced the only music plug-in for FCPX which opens a pipeline to access royalty-free music directly in the software. Create placeholders for the exact timing that you need, click the Generate Music button and go instantly to Sonicfire Pro, then use many features to customize music you choose from SmartSound's library of thousands of tracks. Send your results directly back to FCPX with your new timings intact. This is great for making music adjustments after editorial changes come back.
With the seemingly limitless adjustments that can be made to any one track in Sonicfire Pro, each album goes a lot further than you might think at first glance. As Smartsound President and CEO Kevin Klingler put it, "one of our songs is equal to a hundred other songs."
Introducing a complete overhaul to its existing online video approval and review web service, ScreenLight is building off the existing feedback and approval system by bringing assets and sharing into one central project hub. Previously, editors could post videos for approval on a private sharing site, and clients could view and making comments on the site, but anything else to do with the project happened outside of ScreenLight.
Reviewers can watch videos and add comments from any device.
New this spring, each "project" within ScreenLight can now contain graphics, documents, and any other files that might relate to the course of a video project -- in addition to revisions and approvals.
ScreenLight co-founder Chris Potter said the idea was to keep stuff out of your inbox, which is already too cluttered. By making ScreenLight a central location, everyone involved will have access to assets through a project's life. Sharing links to assets or videos has also been revised, with multiple methods for sharing including by invitation or by link.
For live sports productions, 3Play adds major enhancements to create dynamic programs that no longer need to rely on linear, tape-based workflows. Rather than simply focus on instant replays in sports programs, 3Play 4800 and 440 allow fewer operators to do a lot more without specialized products, even in environments where video production switchers aren't available.
3Play 425: input up to 4 simultaneous live video sources, in any combination of supported connection types, resolutions and frame rates.
Extensive replay and review are added to preview all angles of a recorded event simultaneously. You can also instantly and simultaneously public content to destinations like Facebook or Twitter or even FTP servers for second and third screen platforms.
The 3Play 425 was also introduced as an affordable professional quality replay solution for smaller venues such as high school athletic programs, putting network quality replace, slow motion and highlights into the hands of less traditional sports broadcast.
There you go. All sorts of workflow needs for all sorts of areas of the industry. Whether you're editing in FCPX, putting together live sports, or sending big files to the other side of the planet -- or not -- you have to admit, this stuff is what's making the post-production world go 'round for us right now and onto the future. Lots of speed in tiny little boxes or invisible clouds. Neat.