As the tools for post production become more and more affordable, an increasing number of film projects are edited outside of a post-house. This can mean great cost savings for filmmakers, and increased flexibility for their workflow, but it can also mean that you don’t always have technical support to hand when things go wrong.
I can help you in a number of ways:
– Before you start your post-production, I can help you put together an appropriate workflow for dealing with your footage, ensuring that you have appropriate hardware and computing power, managing your storage and bandwidth needs, and making sure that you get your film out to delivery on time and on budget.
– We can talk about what the likely bottlenecks might be for your process. Is your CPU fast enough? Do you have enough RAM? What kind of storage are you using – is it fast enough for the media and video streams you need to work with? Would it be better to have two editing stations to be able to work in tandem organizing media and screening footage?
– Dropped frames or sluggish playback? I can analyze your footage and codecs, and decide if the drives and storage system you’re using is up to the task. If it isn’t, I’ll recommend something that will be. Maybe a single Firewire drive is just fine. Maybe you need a RAID. Everyone’s requirements are different, and just as there’s no point spending money to for no reason, you also don’t want to skimp on essentials and bring your film to a standstill.
– Are you finishing your film yourself, or sending it out to a colorist? Do you have the equipment you’ll need to accurately grade your locked picture sequence?
– How do you want to deliver – on tape? On DVD? Online? These different outputs will all have different requirements, and you’ll need to know the best workflow to ensure that you’re aware at each step of the likely time and resources each stage will take.
I can assist with Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro issues, as well as giving general technical advice for your editing systems and network.