How will the data workflow work for high-end online systems? i.e. Discreet FFI (SGI and Linux), Quantel iQ, Nitris DS, etc.
A- Finish offline edit. Output EDL, cutting copy.
B- Bring EDL into Redcine. Redcine copies section of Redcode media onto an external drive (i.e. RAIDed FW800 so the transfer goes faster).
C- Drive is couriered to online facility. This is unless the offline editor is in the same building as the online, which does happen.
D- An online assistant takes the footage and dumps it into a computer with Redcine.
E- Redcine converts media into a file format that the online system will accept (still TIFF sequences?). Is it safe to assume that performance of these (possibly uncompressed 4:4:4) files will be the same as 4:2:2 Y'CbCr? And what about clipping of out-of-range values?
*It may be that the online system accepts some 4:2:2 Y'CbCr data format. I don't know.
F- These files are written directly onto a SAN or the online system's storage. Is it safe to assume that the network protocols and/or file systems are compatible, and that network speed is fast?
G- Things like field order and pixel aspect ratio are guessed correctly. If not, it is not a big PITA to manually change these settings.
H- If you had shot 24p (NDF) and you need to edit in 60i (NDF), and you go through this process, with that complicate things? Can the Red pull list work backwards from a 60i EDL and reference that to the 24p Red clips?
I- Can the online system take in an EDL, and conform that from data files? The online system needs to be able to read timecode from the data files.
J- If you need to change the reel names to no more than 5, 6, or 8 characters, can Redcine handle that?
K- Can Redcine warn you if you put a "B" on the end of the reel name? This would be to avoid conflicts with B-reel naming convention; I'm not sure if this is necessary.
My inquiring mind would like to know! (in the context of HD and SD production for broadcast)
Some previous discussion: