CINEXTOOLS AUDIO WORKFLOW FOR FILE DELIVERY

Marry your master audio to a deliverable file without re-export.

Doing show deliveries to a network can be a nail-biting experience. Every file needs to meet the specific criteria set by the network and the shows absolutely need to be delivered on time. While network delivery specifications can be managed with practice, some parts of the delivery puzzle such as audio sweetening remain out of your control because they rely on third parties.

Typically, audio sweetening is done out of house at an audio post facility and it’s often the last piece that remains before being able to complete a final file. When the audio stems are finally received, the standard workflow is to marry the stems in an NLE. The online editor organizes the audio tracks per the delivery spec and the complete sequence is ultimately exported. This new master file needs be visually QC’d and it will likely need to go through software QC before final delivery.

If an entire day is available to go through the described workflow, one could manage to always deliver on time. However, it’s often the case that the audio stems are delivered at the last minute – what then? The obvious, but least desirable solution is to cut the visual QC time and just spot check the file after re-export. This practice leaves open the possibility of a wide variety of issues that might pass software QC, but would have otherwise been flagged during the file watch-down, like a misspelled lower third or a boom mic in the frame.

cineXtools provides a better solution that helps you maximize your time when delivering files by allowing you to fully prepare the video in your file, well in advance of the audio stems being made available. Export your final sequence with scratch audio and watch-down the master video. Use the insert edit module in cineXtools to quickly make corrections as necessary, without re-exporting the entire timeline, all in advance of receiving the master audio stems. When the stems arrive, use cineXtools to insert the .wav master audio stems into this master video file or use the audio versioning tool to rewrap the video master while adding the .wav files into the final deliverable file.

For a 42 minute sequence, inserting 16 tracks of audio takes about 8 minutes, while rewrapping the same will need about 15 minutes. In either process, the video and audio essence is not re-encoded so you can be sure your video QC from earlier is still good and since the stems were QC’d at your audio post house before delivery, a spot check to ensure lip-sync is all that’s needed to complete the delivery master.

Whether it’s adding or reversioning audio tracks, insert-editing a correction like a misspelled title or restriping the timecode of a file that was exported incorrectly, cineXtools is an all in one finishing environment that can instantly fix many of these small, but time-consuming mistakes to smooth your file delivery process.

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