Finishing Challenges, Part 2

With file sizes getting bigger and bigger, sending trimmed files is becoming essential
Last time I talked about today’s challenges when sending footage for grading. While drives can still be shipped, more and more projects require me to send files electronically. Because files are getting bigger and bigger, sending full-length clips isn’t practical. Sending trimmed files is becoming essential. When you work with trimmed files, it’s... Read more

Finishing Challenges, Part 1

Using trimmed footage for grading
These days, I’ve worked with remote colorists to get projects finished. For various reasons, the workflow has gotten a little more complicated. In the past, it was easy to send a drive with footage to a colorist via messenger or courier. I’d send either the selected original footage clips with an XML or all the footage and let the XML parse... Read more

Web Calls

My big surprise with live streaming
I recently wrote about using live streaming to edit remotely. I talked all about setting up the process, testing what worked and didn’t work. But there’s one thing that I didn’t mention, and that was the politics of the web call. Since I had been doing low-latency live streaming for clients, I was asked to help out in a production where they... Read more

Changes, Part 5

Achieving a smooth, high-quality edit viewing experience for clients
While wrapping up my posts on editing in the current environment, I wanted to talk about what the experience has been on the client-side. I previously mentioned that I stream the output from my suite to the clients with very minimal delay from my room to the client’s screen. The client “attends” in a web call, but their focus is on my suite’s... Read more

Changes, Part 4

Interacting with clients during the edit process
These days, in-person supervised edit sessions are few and far between. While I do a fair amount of edit and post, edit and post, there are times when clients need to interact live during the edit process. I previously wrote about setting up low latency (minimal delay) streaming to clients’ locations for edit sessions. I talked about getting the right... Read more

Wireless Sucks

Is wireless transmission an obstacle or an effective tool for video and sound professionals?
Is wireless transmission an obstacle or an effective tool for video and sound professionals? Why the Rant On Wireless Transmission? While I’m not going to say that this blog entry is an attack on wireless, though it may seem so from the title of it, I’ll state that in my experience, especially over the past six months, I’ve concluded... Read more

Changes, Part 3

Dealing with clients’ internet speeds
Last time, I started to write about live streaming my edit sessions. Over time, I developed a process that achieves a low latency (delay) of about two seconds or less. I send a stream to a content delivery network (CDN) that allows me to embed a low latency, high-resolution stream in a web page. That means all my clients need is a web browser and an... Read more

Changes, Part 2

A look at the setup and edit when live streaming
Last time, I wrote that I’m still able to do rare sessions with clients on-site. The keyword is ”rare.” Almost all of the time, I’m on my own. Sometimes work is accomplished by posting; then following up via email, phone calls or web conferences to discuss changes; then rinse and repeat. But as I mentioned last time, I have also had projects... Read more

Changes, Part 1

Editing is constantly changing
In my career as an editor, I’ve seen many changes. First, it was tape-based, now it’s all file-based. We went from interlace to progressive (although interlace just doesn’t seem to go away). And then we moved from SD to HD to 4K and soon 8K. While change can certainly be challenging, I’ve really enjoyed those leaps and bounds and have relished... Read more

Adobe Family

Is Adobe one company or several?
I got a chuckle out of an online discussion about Adobe changing their icons again. While the complaints were well argued, it seemed like a molehill compared to the mountain I see regarding Creative Cloud. Creative Cloud feels like a consortium of different companies rather than a symbiotic ecosystem. Since the Creative Cloud workflow suggested by Adobe... Read more