How the new Pomfort ShotHub supports your on-set look workflow 6 min read

On set look management begins by setting up light and camera according to the DPs creative intent. From there the camera department needs to define and apply a color pipeline from camera to the on-set monitor.

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. 

The same way we take for granted that data in a cloud like bookmarks or addresses is accessible from anywhere and with any device, you can benefit from having a cloud connectivity on set for look metadata as well.

Expand Livegrades Usability

Pomfort ShotHub (formerly Silverstack Cloud) is a cloud based system that enables you to collect and share information deriving from the desktop applications Silverstack and Livegrade. Once connected with Livegrade your shot library is uploaded to ShotHub – including thumbnails, if needed. The upload includes all metadata captured in Livegrade (e.g. read from HD-SDI signals or network connections), values of all grading nodes as CDLs, LUTs or curves, as well as manually entered data like script information. Once uploaded you can access all the shot and look information collected on location in your Livegrade cloud project in ShotHub via web browser. You can also invite other team members to view or even contribute shot metadata to your Livegrade cloud project.

Have your on-set look data within reach

Whenever a question about the on set looks is popping up you can answer it by just taking a look at the browser in your mobile phone or any other computer device at hand. The entire metadata of a shooting with the look-and-feel and the structure of Livegrade is available no matter where you are.

ShotHub is easy to use especially if you are familiar with Livegrade. Your libraries are represented in the project outline on the left side. On the right side you can switch the info panel between the shot metadata or the look information tab including the grading nodes. The main part in the middle shows either a list of shots or a full image preview of your shot library. 

You can sort the list by columns and search within your metadata such as look name or scene. Customise your Shot Library View by dragging columns to sort them individually and choose particular columns to create your own viewing preset. Your saved presets are available in all your Livegrade cloud projects and can be shared with others.

ShotHub’s web interface comes with a light and dark theme   for best reading in dark studio environments as well as in daylight.

And when the shooting is finished you can keep all shot metadata available in a project archive and access it in the same way via ShotHub. 

Share your Livegrade cloud project within your team

As mentioned above you can send out invitations to your Livegrade cloud project from ShotHub in your web browser. As an option you can include thumbnails and provide one of your custom viewing presets with your invitation to make sure that the most relevant information is shown when your cloud project is accessed the first time.

As an “admin” you decide about the role of an invited user. A viewer can access your Livegrade cloud project and see all uploaded shot information. In addition to that a contributor can even upload shot metadata from another instance of Livegrade to the same cloud project. 

So if you are working in a team of DITs or at various locations with multiple instances of Livegrade you can combine their respective libraries into one cloud project in ShotHub. Overviewing several shot libraries makes it easy to communicate with your colleagues and to check the consistency of camera settings or naming schemes. 

All created looks belonging to the project are provided in one cloud space, for instance they can be reviewed and retrieved for the dailies creation at the same time. At the end of every shooting day everybody is on the same page and tasks can be shared more flexible within your team.

Review stills from past shoots

As an option the thumbnails of your library can be uploaded as well and as an “admin” role you can decide who is allowed to see them online. Of course it makes sense if the DP is able to see and scroll through graded stills with a full screen preview on any place off-set. In this way you enable the camera team to review looks anytime and potentially use them as a reference for new or ongoing shooting or as a starting point in the color grading suite. As all camera and lens settings are saved with the shot the created looks can be easier reproduced if needed as well.

Prepare dailies creation

On set looks are essential for the dailies creation, and the grading information has to be transferred to another dailies system. ShotHub connects Livegrade and Silverstack, so that file-based look exchange between these two applications becomes unnecessary. 

You or an invited user of ShotHub can access the color grading information saved in your Livegrade cloud project straight from Silverstack. Just choose the appropriate bin or folder in your project and Silverstack fetches the selected looks from ShotHub. You can match these looks by various criteria as timecode or clipIdentifier and all grading nodes applied in Livegrade will be exactly reproduced.

More details about the look matching options via ShotHub and creating dailies will be covered in an upcoming blog post.

Conclusion

With ShotHub you easily extend the usability of Livegrade and Silverstack through cloud connectivity. 

If you want to find out if ShotHub supports your on-set workflows download the latest beta versions of Livegrade and Silverstack for free and sign in to ShotHub: https://cloud.pomfort.com/ (register or use your Pomfort account)

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About the Author
Selina is a product manager for Pomfort’s on-set systems. With many years of practical experience in post production she knows how to develop workflows for ever-changing needs, and appreciates when smart on-set information management supports all production steps.