HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
I hope that everyone had a good break and is well rested for a productive 2010!
This is my first blog of the year and hopefully many more to come!!!
Let's kick off this blog with a popular user request - File based conforming a timeline using the DPX image file format and the Edit Decision List or EDL.
If you have never heard of DPX before, it is a really great format. It has its roots in the film world where film rushes were scanned to the DPX image format. The reason for using this format was because of the amount of data it can hold. The DPX file can contain 10 bit Log data for the film world as well as metadata information such as tape name, time code and edge code to name a few. It has made its way into the television production world with the arrival of digital cameras which use this format.
Even though we have other formats ranging from RED to QUICKTIME to MXF as well as other image sequences, the DPX file stores the image data as uncompressed and still widely used. Other younger formats such as OPENEXR might probably supersede DPX in the near future but the DPX popularity is still strong hence the strong requests I have received.
This video blog demonstrates the procedure of performing the conform with an EDL and DPX images
The material used in this video blog is courtesy of Sonne in Denmark and Robinsons
This video is best viewed at 1:1 with the full screen setting
The features shown are valid for the current release of Smoke (Mac/Linux) and Flame - 2010 ext 1 SP1
Everything you saw in Smoke is identical in Flame once in the clip library.
Remember the main tip is to ensure your project resolution settings matches the resolution of your media for a painless conform. Oh yeah... Time code and tape name are also vitally important as usual :)
I have a new blog in the works for source nodes which should be very useful... You should get that soon but keep watching the blog.
Thanks for the feedback but please keep more suggestions coming as always!!!!!
I hope everyone has a great week and take care where ever you are!!!