It was very apparent at yesterday's DGA Digital Day that there is a significant sea change taking place in our industry ... with the rapid adoption of digital dailies and mobile post-solutions it is evident that "post" is quickly moving out of the large brick facilities and onto the set and near-set .... post is rapidly becoming free of geo-physical constraints.
We demoed Express Dailies and Resolve 9 running on mobile solutions ... most of the DGA attendees totally got (and accepted) that we can now take post to wherever it makes most economic and logistical sense for Producers, Directors and DPs ... when I was looking to trademark the name for our new near-set service, the name 'Post In A Box' was already taken by some obscure mailing company which is why I had to compromise with the name 'Dailies In a Box' .... however, on-set and near-set digital dailies are but the tip of the iceberg .... post is moving out of post exactly in the same way the editing has moved into production offices and studio corridors.
This coming year is going to see a massive re-structuring of the post industry .... as ever, in periods of rapid technologically driven business change, there will be winners and losers ... geography independent post-producton will rapidly become the norm.
As well as demoing Express Dailies running on a standard MacPro Tower with a $39k Dolby reference grading monitor (very nice) we also had a Retina Display MacBook Pro laptop attached to a 27 inch Thunderbolt display running Resolve 9 AND Express Dailies AND Smoke 2013 as well as Media Composer and FCP ... this super slim "box" represents the future of post for all of us ... it's the best example of Moore's Law i've seen in a long time .... it won't be long before we're processing dailies, editing, compositing and finishing whole movies on a chain of laptops linked together over the Internet or 10gigE.
If you're scared of change, suggest you look away now ... on this system below we are processing 5K EPIC files using a free pieces of software on a $2700 laptop! .... the world is spinning faster ... the heat is burning quicker: