Capturing a live performance can be challenging – for the DP and camera assistant, as well as for the DIT involved. When Ryan Nguyen worked as DIT on the Netflix Comedy Special “Happy to Be Here” by Standup Comedian Tig Notaro, he had to make sure that 15 hours of footage from the night were secured, QC’ed and transcoded.
Are you new to Silverstack Lab and curious to learn more about getting started with the software? The following article will give you a comprehensive overview of video tutorials that outline everything that’s helpful to know when starting to work with Silverstack Lab.
Getting all your technical equipment and the entire crew to the designated shooting location can easily become a challenging scenario, especially when shooting at remote locations with hardly any road access. That’s exactly what DIT Stefan Weßling experienced on the production „Capelli Code“, when he had to get his setup to a location in the Swiss Alps that was only reachable by a 45-minutes ride on a snowcat.
Working for film productions from two different countries can be an exciting experience for everyone involved. For Christiaan van der Knoop this was the case when he worked as DIT on the award-winning Dutch / German co-production “My Extraordinary Summer with Tess”, on which he handled on-set dailies creation with Silverstack Lab.
To convert digital film footage, every transcoding software requires two overall components: The source clips themselves, and some kind of “instructions” as to what should be created from the source clips during transcoding. In Silverstack Lab we call these instructions transcoding configurations.
When preparing for a job on which you will be responsible for transcoding, it’s important to choose the hardware with the right processing power. The type of processing power has significant influence on your transcoding performance, so choosing the right CPU/GPU-combination is important in order to optimize your transcoding speed.
One purpose of transcoding in Silverstack Lab is the creation of viewing dailies from the camera originals. It’s common practice to upload those dailies clips to a web platform that makes them easily available for everybody necessary. ARRI Webgate cloud services is such a dailies platform. Silverstack Lab now integrates with ARRI Webgate and makes it possible to view clips and metadata directly on the dailies platform.
The DIT handles a variety of different tasks on set. While the creation of camera backups might still be the most well-known to others, his work in fact goes far beyond that. And so do the benefits he creates for others. In this article we will outline 5 examples that show how others benefit from the work of the DIT and discuss how professional software can support the DIT.
Copying and verifying source material is one of the most essential tasks of data wranglers and DITs alike. Silverstack provides various ways and many levels of detail to control and complete copy and verification tasks: It helps entry level users by reducing complexity, as well as advanced users by giving them more options.
When you are working as a professional DIT it might at some point be the case that you are asked to go one step beyond the backup of camera cards, and also create dailies on set or near set. This extends your responsibilities and raises a lot of additional questions that need to be addressed.
To help you get started with proxy creation on set we compiled a little guide that outlines a selection of 3 of the extended duties that come along with the new responsibilities.