What Is the Distributed Production Library?
As a DI facility or post house, you are receiving asset data from multiple sources, maintaining the integrity of information, and coordinating its proper distribution across departments. Often this becomes a logistic and technological mammoth task – but it doesn’t have to be.
Pomfort’s Distributed Production Library enables a streamlined, both desktop-based and cloud-powered process for project-wide data collection and information exchange. This leads to game-changing connectivity and project transparency among key parties – whether operating as part of a team, facility, or service provider – on set or in post-production.
Make Production Data Relevant for Action -
Across Locations and Processing Steps.
Pomfort’s Distributed Production Library creates a direct link between film sets and the facility. This enables authorized users to work dynamically with sought-after production information when performing their respective tasks. Check out a few examples of how the Distributed Production Library supports professionals along the production pipeline:
- Digital Imaging Technicians can instantly provide structured clip and file information to others, thus laying the foundation for further processing.
- Data Loaders can track and transparently disclose information on the amount of OCFs and their backup locations.
- Camera Assistants can document and retrieve information for every camera setup to prepare reshoots or trace back camera issues.
- Directors of Photography can quickly review stills and grading information to stay in full control of the image.
White balance, exposure, tint, T-Stop, filter, LUTs, looks, clip & file information, data summaries, library structure, file path information, number of media assets, and more.
- Dailies Producers can monitor project progress, preview the amount of data to process and assess if any specifics need to be considered.
- Dailies Colorists can base their color matching on the looks and accompanying remarks provided from set.
Data statistics, data amounts, volumes/drives, number of files, number of backups, verification, camera model, number of cameras, clip & file information, library structure, looks, and more.
- DI Operators gain access to the on-set clip library, enabling an immediate and targeted distribution of metadata to other departments.
- Online Editors can see how clips were processed for dailies, which simplifies conforming OCFs to the final grading timeline.
Reel, source file name, file paths, source codec, framing, color space, LUTs, comments, QC notes, and more.
- Assistant Editors receive structured metadata for video and audio clips, including audio sync information, making it easy to trace back inconsistencies.
- Editors receive data enriched with on-set notes, including circled takes, comments, and custom notes.
Slate information (scene, take, shot), audio sync information, clip identification, on-set notes, ratings, circled takes, labels, comments, QC notes, custom fields, and more.
- VFX Artists can check additional camera and lens metadata to enrich provided VFX shots with further production knowledge.
- VFX Producers have access to all available clip details and can easily extract specific metadata if required.
Camera model, color space, focal length, lens type, T-Stop, focus distance, camera orientation, color space, framing, resolution, and more.
- Colorists can provide looks and LUTs for on-set usage and testing ahead of the shoot. They can also look up the original codec and color space of OCFs when encountering unexpected color inconsistencies.
LUTs, source codec, framing, color space, framing, preview stills, comments, QC notes, and more.
Experience Cloud-Powered Efficiency
Along the Production Pipeline.
Many complex and interweaved production steps are needed to take a movie project from start to finish. Pomfort’s Distributed Production Library supports the smooth flow of production data - from set to post and beyond.
Accelerated Cross-Disciplinary Workflows
Let Post-production Start On Set.
Upon offload on set, an abundance of mission-critical data and metadata gets fed into the Distributed Production Library. The collected information becomes instantly available via the cloud, which further ensures all data entries and alterations are updated dynamically and in real-time.
Shared access to a consolidated database breaks up the rigidity of linear workflows as it enables production and post-production departments to work in parallel. All users get empowered to access information right when they need it - even if that means straight after the offload of OCFs and from a different continent.
Let departments work in parallel as sought-after information can be retrieved immediately and independently - without wasting time on back-and-forth calls or emails.
A collective approach to working with production knowledge ensures that all key parties work on the same information basis and can easily comprehend project updates, alterations and progress.
Get set up and connected to your established workflow without reinventing existing processes: Benefit from seamless integration with Pomfort’s on-set applications and compatibility with leading third-party tools.
Seamless Dailies Creation
Take Over Clip and File Information From On-Set Project Libraries.
Ingesting and distributing OCFs of multiple projects simultaneously requires close collaboration with the on-set crew and post-production departments.
Pomfort’s Distributed Production Library grants DI facilities early access to shared on-set projects. Thus, staff can foresee the amount of shot footage and schedule in-house tasks and resources accordingly. As the library sync works bi-directionally, clip metadata collected on set is instantly available and updated automatically. Even if the OCFs were already shipped to a facility and backed up to central storage, DITs can still add script notes or comments from set so that no information gets lost.
Once dailies-creation starts and looks from a Livegrade cloud project are matched to clips, the DP can use ShotHub to review if the dailies’ look is the same “as seen on set” and look up additional clip properties via its unique ShotID link.
Streamlined On-Set to Post Data Transfer
Manage Media and Metadata Across Production Teams.
When one facility handles a production spread across several locations with multiple crew units, collecting the OCF should be centralized, streamlined, and synchronized with all involved parties.
Pomfort’s Distributed Production Library allows to set up a synced project before the shoot to share project requirements, including library structure and naming conventions, or to provide looks for preparation and preview.
During production, the facilities automatically receive on-set data created by the teams on location. That way, it’s easy to make sure that every crew unit uses the same templates for offload and file processing, including file paths and wildcards, framing decisions, custom field usage, or audio configurations. In addition, with all data running together in one central place, facility and crew units are on the same page and can notice inconsistencies early to adapt the workflow if needed.
Preserve On-Set Library Data for Further Post-production.
As soon as the DI facility receives the OCF, they are responsible for managing and processing the OCFs for further distribution.
Having the on-set project at hand enables the facility to create clips with respective metadata for other departments according to the needs of each project. Especially in long-term projects, requirements might change for various reasons. For example, it might happen that the editor or the NLE gets replaced. Then it’s necessary to generate new sidecar files as ALE or XML so that clips are transferred with metadata as reel, scene, take, QC marker, or comments. Moreover, VFX houses can get additional camera and lens details or corresponding pre-grading information. With Pomfort’s Distributed Production Library, the facility can also invite the VFX artists or assistant editors to the ShotHub project to trace back the OCF properties such as lens metadata or CDL values via a clip’s ShotID link.
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Image credits: The stage photo was taken at Panoptimo GmbH, which kindly made their space available.