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  • Arriraw Workflow help

     Paul Carlin updated 1 month, 1 week ago 4 Members · 6 Posts
  • Gonçalo Neves Cruz

    October 22, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Hey! I just landed a job for DIT. It’s my first experience in an environment like this. They are shooting with an Alexa SXT Plus.

    Apart from storage they want me to:

    – Transcode the files into something easy for the director/editor to look and see how it’s going with rec709 applied.

    – They also want me to sync the audio & video files;

    What is the best way for me to do this?

    Thank you in advance!

  • Michael Gissing

    October 23, 2021 at 4:15 am

    You can both sync and output transcodes using Resolve. Depending on what workflow your post people want, you should talk to them about that. File names matter. Timecodes matter. Really not easy to advise specifics that may or may not suit the ongoing workflow. As a DIT, you really must be talking to the whole post team – picture and sound.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    October 23, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but taking a DIT job and then asking how to do it is a bit sketchy.

    There is more to this job than syncing audio to video and sending to the editor.

    You are in charge of a huge amount of workflow and technical specs that can make or break the entire post process.

    Questions you need to ask:

    What are you editing on?

    How much footage should I expect every day?

    What is the backup/archive plan?

    Who is providing the gear? (you or them)

    Who is providing the storage? (you or them)

    How many cameras are being used?

    Are they all the same type?

    What raster are they shooting?

    What raster are they editing?

    What resolution are they editing?

    Are all cameras shooting the same frame rate?

    Are you building luts or being supplied luts from the DOP?

    Are they syncing timecode between cameras

    Are they syncing timecode from audio?

    How quickly are they expecting turn around?

    Be advised, transcoding in Resolve for a different edit program, and eventual Protools sound path is very doable, but also 1 wrong setting, and your entire post process will blow up.

    Syncing audio in Resolve is rather painless, but again, if you need to exchange metadata with the sound house, it becomes a bit more difficult, as Resolve kinda throws out the audio meta data when you do the sync. (It can be retrieved, but you have to know how to do it.)

    And finally, and entire pipeline test should be done before you start the actual shoot.

    Camera/lens tests, transcode audio sync tests, send to edit suite, send to colour, uprez, send to sound, relink to original audio files. Make sure everything works now, because if you wait, you will look like an idiot in the end when it all falls apart.

  • Gonçalo Neves Cruz

    October 25, 2021 at 9:43 am

    I’ve been searching a lot and found that Silverstack Lab will suit the project perfectly!

  • Gonçalo Neves Cruz

    October 25, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Hey Glenn thank you so much for your answer. I’ve been studying the theme a lot and found a good balance for the needed workflow. I will not be using Resolve because it adds a lot of manual steps that open the door for human error. Silverlight allows increases safety and allows QC, Audio Sync and transcodings with REC.709 Applied.

    I have many of the answers for the list of questions you have posed.

    They will edit in Premiere Pro.

    There’s an avarage of 1,5TB/Day of footage. Only one camera is being used.

    The workflow of data is: 4 MAGS » 2 SSD Transport copies » G RAID MASTER & BACKUP

    I’m doing a a daily turnaround (after the SSD Transport arrives).

    They provide all the gear and storage.

    They are Shooting Arriraw that needs to be transcoded into ProRes to allow for easy view and edit. Timecode is being synced with audio.

  • Paul Carlin

    October 26, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    This reminds me of how they would take all the film from an entire day’s shoot and put it into the back of the lowest paid crew members car (a Ford Pinto for sure) and have them drive these incredibly precious assets to the lab for processing at 2 AM after a 14 hour day. What could go wrong?

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