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James Spicer
Offlining and Onlining in DNx 120. Workflow understanding.
on Feb 19, 2016 at 2:06:24 am

Hey Creative Cow,

Interesting workflow I'm seeing for a show that I'm not directly involved with, but I work for the same company.
Company is producing a low budget kids show, archive heavy, graphics, major focus on sound design.

So the clips are being AMA linked and then transcoded to dnx 120 for offline editing. To save money and time the plan is to also deliver the episodes from the 120 transcodes. The plan as I see it is to edit in Avid 8.4, grade in Resolve 12, round trip back to Avid and then deliver.

The step before AMA linking is what I am concerned with. Why is it necessary to bring all archive clips into FCP7, assign Reel ID's, export as ProRes 422, and then AMA link the FCP7 exported clips?

I would assume it would be easier to export an ungraded episode out of Avid. Bring the export into Resolve, import an EDL, grade and deliver from Resolve.

Thanks!


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John Pale
Re: Offlining and Onlining in DNx 120. Workflow understanding.
on Feb 19, 2016 at 2:39:24 am

It would be. Sounds crazy to me.
Why involve FCP at all? You can go between Avid and Resolve directly. You don't even need an EDL.

Why involve ProRes if you are transcoding to Avid DNX 120? Is the Archival stuff SD? ProRes can do SD but Avid DNX can't, so I guess that could make some sense.


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Michael Phillips
Re: Offlining and Onlining in DNx 120. Workflow understanding.
on Feb 19, 2016 at 12:37:34 pm

If AMA linking, Media Composer does not support any embedded REEL ID anyway - it uses the file name. I also question why the interim step to ProRes if grading the DNxHD material. And when roundtripping AAF to the MXF media (trnasocded) link and conform and pretty straightforward.


Michael


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Glenn Sakatch
Re: Offlining and Onlining in DNx 120. Workflow understanding.
on Feb 20, 2016 at 5:35:28 pm

Sounds to me like someone with a FCP background is simply insisting on ProRes files "cause they are better"

Glenn


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