Digital add-ons aid the post pipeline


It was inevitable that once digital cameras rocked the postproduction community like an earthquake, there would be a corresponding tsunami of tools and education.

Consider the RED camera. Initially, the manufacturer didn't provide many tools for creating a functional post pipeline. But Crimson Workflow and Rubber Monkey Software's Monkey Extract are two companies that stepped in, enabling users to transfer RED's native file formats to and from editing systems and renderers, among other tasks.

"There's a business opportunity there," says Denis Leconte of Prime Focus. "There are a great number of third-party RED tools, and the picture is looking much better because of that."

That's true for other digital cameras, too. Glue Tool now offers software plug-ins for Final Cut Studio that also enable post workflows for the ARRI-21 and Phantom cameras.

Even such companies as AJA, Codex Digital and S.two that create recorders for digital camera output are eager to promote the advantages of their gear for postproduction.

"It works with every digital camera and is an excellent intermediate way to start editing right on set," AJA president Nick Rashby says of his company's KiPro recorder.

Since RED's manufacturers reach out to the larger indie market as well as professional filmmakers, their educational efforts are broader than one-on-one sessions at camera rental houses. The company's second REDucation Community Day in mid-October offered training courses.

But not all efforts to educate take place in public venues.

Behind the scenes, the American Society of Cinematographers put its stamp on the process by creating the Color Decision List, a standardized way to insure the integrity of color from camera to finished product. That process has since become integrated into several color correction systems and specialized tools.