We are well aware of the great importance and the vast number of skilled professionals taking care of flawless audio recording on set. However, film production can sometimes feel like a rather image-centric industry, as this saying illustrates: “You only know that you have audio when you suddenly don’t.” While we have to admit that our Silverstack products also mainly focus on handling image-based material, they do come with valuable audio features!
Taking inspiration from labels in the analog world, digital products adopted this generic concept for their specific purposes. Our products Livegrade and Silverstack, also let you add customizable labels to either shots (Livegrade) or clips (Silverstack). In addition, our cloud application ShotHub enables you to transmit labels for look matching in Silverstack. This blog post explains how to make the most out of this handy feature by highlighting essential practicalities and key benefits of using labels within the Pomfort ecosystem.
With the last update of Livegrade, numerous new features and grading controls have been added, which offer more variability in creating and adapting looks and further support the DIT in making them accessible directly on the film set. Over the past few months, we have posted a three-part series on this topic on our blog, which we would like to put in an immediate context in this compilation article and thus offer a good foundation for making working with Livegrade a real pleasure.
When starting a secure copy process of clips with Silverstack, you first ingest the video clips and all other related files into the Silverstack library. Silverstack supports you in detecting video clips automatically, to then supply playback, metadata etc. in its library. To work most efficiently with the clip library after the ingest, it makes sense to be aware of some basic concepts and also of spots in the UI of the app, that give you important information about what is currently displayed. This blog post aims to give you the most important basics when handling video clips and files with Silverstack.
The curve nodes in Livegrade and Silverstack Lab are powerful grading controls for applying creative looks and secondary color corrections. Having these grading tools available for live grading and dailies creation adds a lot of flexibility and allows to work more precisely compared to grading only with ASC-CDL compatible grading nodes. This article explains third-party compatible export formats and shines a light on the benefits of staying within the Pomfort ecosystem.
There certainly is no general, always valid guideline for executing on-set data management in film productions as the requirements can diverge a lot and are influenced by many factors. But there are certainly basic principles that practically nobody in the data wrangling and DIT world would argue about. Often these principles touch topics of security, speed, and clear organization.
For graded dailies creation, looks created in Livegrade can easily be transferred to Silverstack Lab. The provided looks act as a starting point for rendering dailies from camera original raw data into multiple formats. Livegrade and Silverstack Lab just added new color grading nodes and the option to adjust the intensity of grading nodes, so that color grading in Livegrade and Silverstack Lab gets boosts in speed, precision, and flexibility.
Pomfort ShotHub closes the gap to establish a seamless cloud based look workflow between the point of look creation and creating dailies with the intended look from original camera negatives. Looks created with Livegrade during the shooting process of a scene can be made available in a cloud project and then be fetched by Silverstack Lab directly for creating proxy clips with the right look. This enhances the existing file based look matching process, making it more seamless to receive look metadata and to associate it automatically with the clips from the camera card based on metadata.
One of the DIT’s responsibilities is to create and preserve on set looks plus make the corresponding metadata available for further processing beyond the film set. Especially if working remotely or shooting with multiple teams it becomes quite a challenge to fulfill these requirements. Here you can benefit from having a cloud connectivity on set for look metadata as well.
Data management on a film set has grown into a multidimensional activity. In many cases the camera card offload is just the starting point and the responsible person can become the central hub for many questions as she or he manages the central assets of the production.