This may be a complicated question (or hopefully not) but we’ve been racking our brains to figure out the best way to go about this – any guidance would be greatly appreciated!
I work for a documentary production company and we have recently set up an large archive raid with all the media that has ever been shot for our various docs (+- 12 films). So basically the raid is full of mxf’s (transcodes) that belong to the different films. We have gotten to the stage where all the media is online and ready to go. However, we obviously don’t want to be using the media that has already been used in the past edits, “the ins.” The idea is that we will be able to use the unused footage to help build other docs in the future. Obviously the easiest thing to do would just be to remove the used mxf’s entirely so that no editor has access to them – the tricky part is that we would like to still have access to those used clips as that is often where the action is happening. So in essence we are wanting to remove or affect only the part of that mxf that has been used, the in and out point, not the clip as a whole. We’ve been wondering if there’s any straight forward workflow to achieve this?
We have all the original edits for all the docs, which is how we are determining what the ins of the clips are. In an ideal world it would be great if we could take the completed edits and tell media composer to colour/grade/filter or watermark only the part of the mxf’s that has been used in the edit. That way an editor working with this footage in the future could see that, yes a part of this clip is available to use, however the part that is watermarked or graded completely blue (for example) has already been used in an edit and is not available. I say affect the mxf because the “grade or watermark” needs to be baked in so that no editor can just undo it and decide to use it any way, which will obviously create bigger problems down the line.
I would definitely assume this is something others have had to deal with in the past? We’ve been coming up with a few ways to do this, it’s just a question of which method is the most efficient when working with such a mass of media.
Sorry for the long post, again any help would be great!