Workflow

with 3cP Set+Post v7

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3cP Set + Post:

On-Set with the Alexa / Amira

Data Management: To utliize the built-in data management tools in 3cP, set your 3cP project type to "Arri Alexa / Amira". When a camera media card (SxS or CFast) is attached to the computer, within 3cP you can initiate a triplicate simultaneous background offload from the camera media to three seperate destinations (drives). The offload verifies digital footage using a standard MD5 Checksum, with other possible options for more or less data verification.

Technical Profiles (Looks): To quickly apply an Arri Log-C to Rec.709 transform, you can use our built-in "Log-C to 709" Technical profile. This transform is the ____ "step" of the image processing path in 3cP, and all grades done using color wheels, RGB sliders, etc. will be done "under" the transform, allowing for the greatest ammount of color fidelity.

Manage Metadata: Certain Arri metadata fields will "carry-over" from the camera media and allow you to manipulate the metadata in 3cP and pass it along to the dailies.

Create sync Dailies: Within 3cP, you can transcode the ProRes or ARRIRAW camera original files to nearly any possible offline dailies format, including ProRes 422, HQ, LT, Proxy or Avid DNxHD (MXF), with a corresponding ALE file. If sound files have matching timecode, you can automatically sync picture and sound. There is also a utility within 3cP to slip / slide the sound clip if timecode is slightly out of sync. These dailies are now ready for delivery to Editorial!

3D LUT/CDL Creation - Technical & Aesthetic: Create the right LUT / CDL to transform from Log to Linear, or combine that with a creative grade supervised on-set by the DP. This look can be "baked" onto the sync Dailies, and passed along to post in a variety of 3D LUT formats. The same LUT can be used for on-set monitoring & live grading when paired with the HDLink Pro (described below).

    Notes about Alexa / Amira Workflow:

  • 3cP Version 7 now supports ARRIRAW footage from Alexa
  • When using Alexa XT, Codex software is needed as a "pre-step" to offload footage from Codex Mag before ingesting into 3cP
  • Limited metadata transfered from Alexa / Amira. It is recommended to perform a test with 3cP to ensure the metadata you need carries through to the dailies
  • When working with ProRes, make sure you are running the latest version of Quicktime

Monitoring and Live Grading

3cP Set + Post is one of the few image management programs which can harness the full power of live on-set grading. When paired with the Blackmagic Design HDLink Pro, looks created in real-time in 3cP can be embedded in an HD-SDI stream coming from the camera, going to video village.

Advantages in an Alexa / Amira Workflow: When shooting to ProRes or ARRIRAW, the only way to truly monitor the image being captured is to view the image in Log-C gamma space.

The built-in Rec.709 "look" which can be toggled on in the camera menus, shows a representation of how Log-C would look with a non-descript "Log-C to 709" transform applied. The in-camera transform cannot be exported as a LUT, and the only method to ensure that is the look of your dailies is to "bake-it-in" and loose the benefits of Log-C.

Using 3cP, along with an HDLinkPro, gives you the ability to control the transform LUT, instead of relying on what's included in-camera. 3cP has a built in Technical Profile transform to convert "Log-C to 709", and this same transform can be baked onto the Dailies, leaving no margin of error for look descrepency.

This live-grading workflow gives more power over look management to the DP and DIT, allowing for custom looks to be sent to the monitor - eliminating the time spent fussing with in-camera menus to create looks. This workflow allows the DP to view true exposure and dynamic range in Log-C, while providing the Director, Producer and Clients at video village with an accurate, easy reproducable, rendering of how the final image may look.

Image Management in Post

3cP Set + Post is a "one-stop shop" for all the DIT deliverables required by post-production. These deliverable assets help accelerate the post-production process and help ensure that the highest quailty possible image is being manipulated in the Digital Intermediate.

Eliminate Transcoding Time: Using the color-graded, sync off-line Dailies, editorial is able to immediately begin ingesting and cutting footage, with no down time necessary for transcoding. 3cP is capable of generating dailies in native formats for Avid, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and more.

Look Management - From Set to Post: By exporting the on-set LUT in 3cP, colorist now have the ability to view the actual look set by the DP on-set - the ulitmate form of a "reference look". The on-set LUT can be integrated into the final color grade as a node / layer, or simply used as a visual reference point.

If on-set LUT has also been "baked" onto the off-line dailies, then the editor, director, producers and everyone involved with the editorial process can fall into "dailies love" with the dailies look - subliminaly putting everyone on the same "visual page" going into the final Digital Intermediate. Using a dailies LUT also helps solve the aesthetic problem of Log footage (low contrast, low saturation), transforming the image to standard color and contrast.

3cP LUT formats support all industry standard color correction programs, including Davinci Resolve, Assimilate Scratch, Autodesk Lustre, Pandora Systems, Apple Color, Adobe Speedgrade and more.

From the final color grade, the image is now finalized and should more closely resemble the true artistic intentions of the DP, because of the improved "look" communication process facilitated by 3cP Set + Post.

 

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