Join Rob Garrott for an in-depth discussion in this video Post production, part of NAB 2015: Navigating the Landscape of Video Production and Post.
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- This year's NAB show presented some impressive solutions for working with ultra high resolution files on a variety of local, shared, and cloud-based storage solutions. But before we talk about high res workflows and storage possibilities, let's start by talking about everyone's favorite topic: new software. NAB showcased the latest updates and there were some exciting announcements across the board. Blackmagicdesign announced DaVinci Resolve 12, which continues to bring Resolve from its perch on the top of the color grading mountain and into the sphere of other heavy hitter NLEs.
This could be the first year that Resolve can offer what all post production professionals desire: a competent NLE with all the color grading tools needed to get the job done in one seamless, end to end workflow. Adobe also took big strides in combining NLE and high end color grading by reworking Premiere Pro's color tool set. Now editors can leverage powerful LUT editing functionality. In the past, LUTs, or look up tables, allowed colorists to remap light and color values in a specific way, which offered a great starting place for grading shots.
But actually editing those LUTs had to be done in speedgrade. Now that feature is right inside of Premiere. And then for something completely new, there's the addition of the debut software, Character Animator, where you can design 2D characters in Photoshop or Illustrator and then animate them with movements that you make with your webcam. This takes the previously manual keyframing model out of the equation and lets artists interact physically with their character to bring it to life. I got a chance to try it out, and it's really fun.
Now let's talk a bit about this ultra high res business. We're talking about 4k, 6k, 8k, and more. And to break this down, we'll focus on 4k, which is especially hot this year. 4k, or four thousand, refers to the amount of vertical lines of resolution of an image. So we're talking four times the information of traditional 1080p HD in every frame. And editors and motion graphics artists often appreciate every one of those pixels. - I think there's a handful of times 4k can be very useful, especially in Philadelphia, we do a lot of pharmaceutical work, and sometimes doctors only give you a couple minutes of their time.
Being able to shoot 4k and you know, get two or three shots out of that, two or three compositions out of that, is very useful. - And if you're going to work with 4k from start to finish, or what those in the industry call end to end workflow, then you're going to need the right type of storage and configuration. Now being able to work natively at higher resolutions is only part of the picture. Working with shared storage allows access to scaleable, real-time collaboration with integrated asset management. Huh? Okay, let's break that down. Scaleable means that you can grow your storage solutions as your needs grown.
You start out with smaller configurations and then add more as you need more storage. Real-time collaboration means that multiple editors can work in the same project simultaneously, safely accessing each other's bins and sequences to edit as a team. This often works across most major NLEs. Integrated asset management refers to other important features like logging, tagging, cataloging, and searching. All essential things that allow you to interact with your assets intelligently and immediately. - My shared storage solution is obvious to post production workflows, but there is still a very simple response to people that have been working off of islands of dedicated, direct attach storage.
The day that they, you know, can play one clip on two timelines, you can still get people to be, "Oh my god! This is going to change my life!" And it's immediate. - Now let's take things a step further into the cloud. By storing your files on 3rd party servers, which are then backed up in multiple locations, you can access your files wherever you have an internet connection. This is done seamlessly through automatically creating high quality proxy files across the web that you work with during the creative process. - So the whole problem is stuff being stuck in your office.
If you want to get it to someone else, you're having to grab it and move it, create more copies of it. If you get your content and you put it up into the cloud, you can give people access to that instantly. Suddenly, your content's getting used more and more, which hopefully means more people see it, which is in the end, why we make this stuff anyway. - So no matter what your post production needs, NAB was a treasure trove of innovation for professionals and consumers alike.