Prepping For A Cost-Effective Finishing Session
revised July 2007To
ensure the smoothest possible edit with a minimum of extra
expenses we offer you the following tips (in no particular
- Bring your own tape
stock. It's almost always less expensive than buying the
stock from us (to which we have to apply a healthy markup
to justify keeping it on hand).
- Get us involved as
early as possible. Send us a screener of your offline and
we'll be able to give you much more precise guidance on
how to approach the finishing session.
- Remove any color
correction filters you've applied. Ask us about any Black
& White, Sepia, or Colorized you may have applied.
Sometimes they're useful as guidance.
- If you're handling your
own uprezzing: On analog tape decks (BetaSP) have your
assistant editor or editor set up to color bars. On
digital formats (DV, Digital Betacam), do not have them
adjust hue/video/setup from the deck. And
adjust colors on the tape
deck on a shot-by-shot basis. Why? If there's a hardware
failure and your material needs to be recaptured, our
color corrects will be useless since the recaptured
source footage will never ever exactly match what was
given us... If, however, they follow our guidelines any
recaptured material will match the original footage -
saving us headaches.
- If you're working from
DV, do all your captures and outputs via Firewire. It's
the best way to preserve the quality of your footage. If
we decide we want to uprez your footage, we'll use our
DSR-1500a which has SDI outputs and does an excellent job
of uprezzing - maximizing the quality of your footage.
For finishing, never capture DV via analog composite or
- Clean up your timeline.
One of the things that slow us down are timelines that
build upwards, as editors leave old choices in their
timeline covering over it with new choices. It's a huge
benefit to us (and your wallet) if your editor cleans up
the final timeline and pulls everything down to only the
minimum number of tracks / shots required to play back
your project. Yes, your editor might complain so you'll
have to decide if the money you save is more important
than the grief they'll dish :-)