Hi, all. I'm using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 on OS X. I am a subscriber to Adobe Creative Cloud and I also have Motion on my machine. I have a Windows machine that currently has no relevant software installed.
Our video productions require colour correction, and I can't do that because I'm severely colour blind. I have a mate who can do it but he's in another city. He uses Apple Color. He has Final Cut Pro Suite, and CS 5 (not 6) on Mac.
I want to export my projects in such a way that he can colour correct them and export them so that I can load them back into CS6. I'll probably have to transfer files over the Internet so it would be good if we can make them as small as possible. Any ideas how we can make this work?
Just an observation...but transfering video files suitable for serious CC / grade over the internet... will be one very good reason to reconsider this proposed workflow.
Secondly..the cross application , potential complications may also be a source of frustration and grief.
THirdly...why the need to round trip back to Premiere once CC and Grade?
1. I'm also experimenting with sending him hard disks through the mail.
2. Yes indeed. But what else do we do? I'm committed to Creative Cloud because it's affordable and it makes me employable.
3. I guess I want things back into Premiere CS6 so they can be final-rendered and archived, and perhaps modified later.
The final products contain graphics, and dissolves and dips and so on, so it's not as simple as grading individual clips in a long movie. You need to have the unmodified clips.
In your situation...I would be looking for a local solution.
eg an artist that can CC/Grade on your system or alongside it.
FWIW - I work cross platform and cross facility..but it is local...and it is easy.
But...I do not tend to round trip it back to my suite though because it is an accessible project in the other suites. (less complication). Graphics etc are added in the other suite after CC / Grade / FX ( eg Flame)
I don't disagree with you, but this is a charity so the grader is working for free or for small favours. I've asked for gratis colour graders in Brisbane, Queensland, but can't seem to find any.
You do what you can with the resources you have.
With the options you have all you can really do then is use a codec that is either lossless or visually lossless. You also have to use a codec that will work with his edit system. Which really limits the choices because apple's edit products don't play nice with many different formats.
Obviously what Jim and Shoot have suggested would be better but as you mentioned already you have to play the hand your dealt.
But in the meanwhile I'd start trying to find another solution for the long term. But like I said for the time being you're probably going to have to go with some type of Lossless Quicktime choice since he's using apple based editing software.
Hi, Shooter. All 4 of our current projects are due by 3 August, so we'll run out of time. But we'll be doing more stuff in future and I'm looking to set up some sort of workflow for next time.
The client is the Cerebral Palsy League. If you PM me your email, I'll send you a link to our current productions. Some are pretty simple. They're not yet ready to be published to the Internet at large, but I can let you, or another videographer, see them.
Make sure all the clips are on Video 1 track if possible (Apple colour doesn't deal well with multi-track video, Resolve is much better at that - and free!). Remove any multicam clips and replace them with the original footage (simply cut them as needed).
Export your project as an FCP XML and send it along with all the fotage to your friend. He should be able to inport the XML and work with it from there. He can then send you back a completed file.
Exporting as FCP XML doesn't work very well. Even a very simple sequence cannot be translated properly - eg graphics, cross-dissolves involving only one clip, etc. I'd rather send him the original files and a final render.
I viewed your programs and yes ...they would benefit from a little more CC and Grade to pull back the "video look".
I do hope someone local will help you with that considering the charity and cause but failing that..you are left with getting the files to your colleague (with an EDL maybe).
Yuur programs are short and simple and could be graded decently in 1 - 2 hours max.
Suggestion....is there a film school near you. Get on to them and get some students to help for their practical work experience or tutorials.