What is Workflow?

If you've been involved in the video production world for a while you'll have heard the phrase "Workflow" without really understanding what it means. Don't worry you're not alone and with the advent of digital cinematography it was thought it would get easier, but with the multitude of formats, cameras and applications this has been far from the case. Workflow is basically how you get the images captured, your editorial decisions, visual effects and colour decisions all the way through the process to delivery. Good workflow is doing that without losing quality and spending the time as sensibly as possible. 1. Capture video data on set. 2. Create Proxy files from the original video data. 3. Edit using proxies in an offline suite. 4. Export EDL to be used in an online suite and audio mix. 5. Online suite relinks to original video. 6. Online suite then finishes the video (Colour Grade, reframe, and redo mixes/fades) 7. Online suite exports finished piec

How to edit HD on a cheap machine

Most people I meet complain about how slow their machine is and how they can't edit HD video without their computer grinding to a halt. The professional production world has been wrestling with this problem for years and hidden away in pretty much all editing software is the tried and tested solution to this problem without spending a penny more. The solution to this is to use proxies. A proxy is a lower resolution version of a video that has all the same properties of the original apart from it's much easier for the computer to process. The basic workflow is: - convert all the high resolution footage you want to low quality proxy files (with the same filename as the originals). - pull the proxies into your editing programme and edit with relative ease. Reducing the time spent rendering. - Make sure your edit is finished and everyone is happy with it (except for the low quality). - Reconnect all the media in your bin/timeline to the orignal high resolution files. - Now you can