How Silverstack Lab Integrates Dailies Creation Into Data Management 4 min read

Silverstack Lab is designed around the idea that data management and dailies creation are inevitably connected tasks. With the DIT being responsible for delivering the complete work result of the camera department at the end of each day, the optimal integration of all associated activities is a major goal in Silverstack Lab’s design. Silverstack Lab has all dailies and proxies creation tasks embedded into its powerful data management concepts for streamlining the daily routine.

Our white paper “Why Creating Dailies Is a Data Management Activity on Set”, points out why closely integrating the creation of dailies into the data management process in the age of digital productions is not only beneficial but also the logical step. With this blog post we want to  connect the arguments of the white paper with actual features of Silverstack Lab.

“The Earlier Is the Better”: Fast Transcoding Optimized for On-Set Requirements

It’s not only Silverstack Lab’s fast transcoding engine that enables early access to transcoded clips: The capability of transcoding to two different formats with two different resolutions at a time is highly targeted at optimizing frequent requirements for editorial and viewing deliverables. It enables the simultaneous transcoding to e.g. DNx 36 1080p and H.264 720p in only one transcoding pass and therefore saves transcoding and set-up and monitoring time.

“Benefit from the DP’s Creative Input “: The Comparison of Clips and Grades at Your Fingertips

With all the source material already ingested in the library, working on grades with the DP is only one click away. Silverstack Lab offers a range of primary color controls in the color panel. The grid view allows to display up to 12 clips side by side on the computer monitor and on a reference monitor via the HD-SDI output. It enables an easy comparison of clips to maintain a consistent look throughout a scene. In one streamlined process the material can be checked, metadata can be edited, grades can be reviewed and discussed and then be handed over straight into transcoding.

“Benefit from an On-Situation Process”: Full Access and Edit Capabilities at Every Step of the Process

All copy and transcoding activities run in the background in Silverstack Lab. A separated jobs panel keeps all information about running copy and transcoding jobs one click away but maintains a current job status always present in the main window. All information in the clip library can be accessed and edited at any time while the application helps you to keep an eye on all running processes. Furthermore, Silverstack Lab facilitates the management of resources and e.g. automatically pauses transcoding jobs to enable a fluid playback of clips. With this design, Silverstack Lab provides the user with full flexibility and continuous, instant access to all required information.

“Completeness of Work”: One Library With Many Little Helpers

To make sure that you have done all your work Silverstack Lab offers many little helpers. To make this possible, the automatic library re-ingest is crucial. On default Silverstack Lab registers the finished transcoded clips in the library and thus makes all of its functionalities (like e.g. secure backup, playback for QC, etc.) also available for the proxy clips. All your data (including source video, source audio and transcoded clips) is present in one single library that holds all the technical information about each shot. Beyond that, the “Workflow” section in the project overview intelligently uses the available information and gives you details whether all clips carry a custom look, have external audio added or have been transcoded.

“Transfer over the Internet”: Various Format, Reporting and Export Options

By choosing from various flavors of DNx and ProRes codecs as well as H.264, Silverstack Lab offers a lot of control over the bit rate for your proxies and dailies. In addition it allows to export different reporting types (Shooting Day Report, Clips Report, Thumbnail Report, Contact Print Report) in different formats (PDF, CSV, HTML) that also take transcoded clips into account and can easily be delivered with the offline material. An automatic metadata export option that seamlessly provides according metadata for the intended target application (ALE for AVID Media Composer, FCPXML for Adobe Premiere Pro, etc.) completes the package.

With these and many more features Silverstack Lab makes it possible to move the lab to the set, and integrate dailies creation into the DIT’s data management workflow.

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About the Author
Samuel is a product manager for Pomfort's on-set applications. Usually you can catch him working on new specs for the software products, writing documentation and shooting videos for our products – and sometimes writing blog posts about workflows and equipment.