cineXinsert Big Picture View

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. Albert Einstein

tumblr_static_tumblr_static__640Since the introduction of File-based Insert Edit on Cinedeck hardware, we’ve been saying that Insert Edit saves time and money in the post deliverables process; and it’s true… Being able to make changes to an already exported file while also giving you the ability to spot-check the overwrite with confidence is a big deal. But, let’s take a more global view of why being able to Insert Edit to files is so important.

1477101899_find_look_magnifying_glassA good friend of mine is a post producer for single camera shows and works with several large studios for hour-long special-effects-intensive shows. These are big budget productions that a studio has invested huge amounts of resources in; and while there are sizeable post-production budgets, there are always instances where an episode will go over-budget.

For these high-profile shows, an extensive QC process is required every time a new file is exported, since a new export is a brand new file with its own potential problems. These intense QC procedures will be familiar to many of you: first, watch the file down in real-time and then, presuming no issues are noticed, send the file to the QC post facility for frame-by-frame analysis. Invariably something is flagged and most issues, whether it’s a boom mic peeking out, a bad pixel, etc… are caught on the first pass. The file then goes back to online, corrections are made and the file is exported again.

Perhaps after the 2nd or 3rd watch-down, everyone feels that the episode is ready to go again to the QC facility. But lo and behold, QC finds another issue and the file needs to go back to online to be fixed again and then sent back to the QC facility. This might be done two more times until finally the file is green-lit and accepted.