Use Cases Based on Practical Experience.
"Great audio sync tool, makes things so simple!"
Dan Carling, UK
"Lab will be used on all projects where our main DIT station goes."
Karlis Jaunzems, Cineunit
"It is my first project using the Lab version on set and I'm loving it!"
Su-Jeng Sang (Local 600 DIT), US
Automatic and Manual Audio Sync
Merge Video and Audio Files by Timecode or Slate.
When audio is recorded independently from video in a separate audio recorder, these different assets need to be combined back before creating rushes or dailies. When timecodes of camera and audio recorder run in sync, automatic matching is possible. But sometimes also the manual process of syncing at a clapper board is required.
Let Silverstack automatically match and sync audio clips to video clips when timecode is in sync. Easily slip external audio clips and batch edit TC offsets across a video bin. Use the slate information from within the audio files for setting scene and take names. Manually add audio tracks to video clips and set slate markers in audio and video clips for defining manual sync positions. Create a proper stereo mix by leveling, panning, or muting audio tracks.
Maintaining a robust and automated workflow for preparing audio is essential in a streamlined dailies process. Silverstack offers a reliable and transparent way to bring audio and video together – which is part of a tailored feature set for a streamlined dailies creation process.
Maintaining a Consistent Look
Grade Matching of Multiple Clips with the Grid View.
Providing dailies in a consistent look makes life in editorial much easier. When the exposure, tint, or contrast of the different clips of a scene is varying too much, the flow of an assembled scene might get disturbed simply by the varying look of the single shots.
Use Silvertack's Grid View for displaying multiple clips at once. In your timeline or clip collection select the clips, that shall appear in a grid filling the screen or HD-SDI output. Interactively create a consistent look for lots of clips by switching between individual clips of the grid for grade interaction.
Matching grades to a reference from pre-production or between different cameras or lighting conditions is one of the main tasks when creating dailies. In addition to the powerful grading controls and look library, Silverstack offers the interactive tools to stay in control of your material.
Check the Quality of Source Material
Save time and minimize costly surprises directly on set.
Checking source material for quality and errors is an essential task - the closer at the film set the more valuable to the production in case of problems. Playback source material with up to a 10-bit color depth via HD-SDI with Silverstack XT.
Judge the quality of your clips directly when offloaded from camera cards: Check clipping, focus and exposure as well as compression artifacts. Verify audio and color and benefit from useful features like overlay frame lines. You can annotate, comment, and add the results of the quality check directly to your clip library even down to single frames (with cue points) if necessary.
Having all annotations and metadata in Silverstack's Library at any time is one of the key benefits of working with Silverstack. Silverstack's Library keeps track of all essential details of your work and prepares you for any questions from clients concerning files, media, and color.
Backup and Organize Footage on Set
Create and manage backup volumes and travel drives.
It’s the DIT who is responsible for data backups of all material that gets recorded in cameras and recorders. He makes sure that source files reach the editor or post production completely, consistently and correctly.
Silverstack allows to copy files to multiple destinations (such as SSD drives, external RAIDs, or LTO) - simultaneously at the maximum possible speed. All files are verified by using established checksum algorithms such as MD5, SHA-1, or xxHash. Thus Silverstack's copy processes can make sure that media backups are exact copies of the originals.
A chief benefit of working with Silverstack is the ability to work with multiple file formats within the same project. With Silverstack you are able to cover a variety of camera types with one robust workflow for all media management activities on set.
Optimize the Order of Copy and Transcoding Jobs
Precisely Schedule, Reorder and Suspend Jobs in the Jobs View.
Making sure that the right copy and transcoding processes take place at the right time can be challenging. Silverstack Lab helps you to react to typical but demanding scheduling challenges. Scenarios like e.g being asked to copy a 200 MB sound card immediately, while a camera card of several GB is already copying, can easily be solved.
Use the job suspension mechanism to interrupt the currently running copy job after the next file finishes without loosing copy progress, and conveniently resume it at a later point. Schedule the upcoming copy task as next job in the offload wizard, or reorder the jobs via drag and drop to the intended order.
With even more supporting features like the automatic interruption of transcoding jobs during copy processes, Silverstack Lab provides vast flexibility and gives you the freedom to respond to quickly changing situations that occur throughout a production day.
Keeping an optimized order of tasks is crucial to getting your job done in time. Silverstack Lab provides the right functionality to be able to reprioritize, squeeze in and automate copy and transcoding tasks. Flexible suspension and reordering of jobs helps you always stay on top of your system and maintain an optimized workflow at any point.