The Facts about File-based Insert Edit
Cinedeck Insert Edit is a game-changing feature allowing efficiency breakthroughs for post workflows that have never been thought possible. Read on to find out why it matters and how it works.
RADICALLY NEW WORKFLOW
Cinedeck Insert-Edit provides a radically new post workflow. The resulting file after Insert-Edit is NOT a different file or some form of MXF package or Quicktime reference file; it is a flat, fully compatible, normal ProRes, DNxHD, AVC-lntra, JPEG2000 and XDCAM file. Unlike the process of editing the metadata of something like a MXF AS-11 file to point to content newly added into the package, when an insert is done using Cinedeck’s Insert-Edit, you are actually replacing parts of the original flat video and audio essence.
Moreover, because changes are being written into the flat audio and video essence, file compatibility is maintained. The resulting file after inserting is the same file; it’s just that some audio or video frames were replaced.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Cinedeck Insert-Edit solves the time and resource-sucking problem of repeating an entire export and QC process, just to make a small change in a program, by giving you direct access to the video and audio essence in your flat deliverable files. In other words, Insert Edit allows content to be accurately replaced in a file based on timecode in and out points, pretty much just like working on tape.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Cinedeck Insert-Edit understands where the content is located in the files, somewhat the same way a tape machine understands where frames reside on a tape, allowing you to accurately go in and replace specific video or audio content. So instead of exporting an entire program after making a change in your non-linear system, you just export the changed section – just the minimum of required content.
Digital Cuts and inserts can also be done from Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro, directly to your Cinedeck, making your job even easier. (more about this)
HOW WILL THIS HELP ME?
Insert-Edit can reduce a multi-hour or multi-day re-export and QC process to just a few minutes by editing new content directly into a ProRes, DNxHD or AVC-lntra flat deliverable file!
Instead of a massive multi-step dance to produce a new corrected deliverable file, with Insert-Edit in your arsenal, you simply create a small file containing just the elements you need to replace.
WHICH FILE TYPES?
Cinedeck Insert-Edit currently supports Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD ond AVC-lntra, JPEG200 and XDCAM files. The content can be contained in a MOV (quicktime), MXF Op1A, or MXF OpAtom wrapper and the files to be edited can be from anywhere. They might come from Final Cut, Media Composer, Premiere or any number of other production systems … In any case, they do not need to be Cinedeck generated; but of course, Cinedeck files can be edited as well. As long as your file is not some sort of non-standard creation, Insert-Edit can make changes in it and save you time.
It is also important to point out that the resulting file is NOT some form of MXF package or Quicklime Reference file. Unlike the process of editing the metadata of something like a MXF AS-11 file to point to content newly added into the package, when an insert is done using Cinedeck’s Insert-Edit, you are actually replacing parts of the original flat video and audio essence.
THIS MEANS SEVERAL THINGS:
- The process not limited to AS- 11 files.
- The Cinedeck system can change MOV, MXF OpAtom, MXF Op1A or the more specific DPP Op1A files, containing ProRes, DNxHD or AVC-lntra essence.
- Because changes are being written into the flat audio and video essence, file compatibility is maintained.
- The resulting file after inserting is the same file; it’sjust that some audio or video frames were replaced.
And for those of you who are curious, Cinedeck is not stopping there. The Cinedeck recording systems support just about every codec used in production today so additional codec support for Insert-Edit is planned.
WORKING WITH PRE-STRIPED FILES
Pre-black a file with the desired format and add video and/ or audio ANYWHERE and Anytime – just like a blacked tape. Working with a pre-striped or “black file” is analogous to using a blacked tape in that you create a file with format, codec, timecode, up to 32 audio tracks, etc. Instead of real-time like tape, it only takes about six minutes to create an hour long blacked file. Also, as with tape, you can have pre-blacked-files saved on a disk (a virtual shelf of sorts) and simply copy one to your workspace, so you save time no matter what. Once you have your blacked file, Cinedeck’s insert editing can be used to place video and/or audio content into the file, anywhere and anytime.
Many recording systems are limited to just a few audio tracks, sometimes just 4, sometimes, just 8 and SDI only carries 16 channels but files can support more. Using Insert-Edit, it is possible to work with up to 32 channels of audio in your deliverable file.
And instead of dealing with tape or transferring the finished audio to the video editors,using Pro Tools’ transport controls, your sound team can directly punch in and out of video while in Cinedeck’s insert record mode to edit audio for master files in real-time. Or, insert the audio layoff with a standard 3-point edit.