Production Technical Essentials
Working effectively on any editing system requires familiarity with certain technical concepts. These concepts form the foundation of everything that happens in the edit. An effective Assistant needs to have a strong technical understanding of the system in order to help keep the project on track.
This module is a primer to understand some of the key terms that need to be understood when using file-based material for editing. A good understanding of camera types and an appreciation of the various models, is very useful to have and exploit on a production.
Major brands that are of interest to you as an Assistant would be:
All productions start with a camera. These create the rushes that you receive to ingest for the editor to use. As an Assistant, it is essential that you understand what camera, or cameras, have been used and how the rushes will affect the productions workflow. We’ll come to the workflow a little later in the course but for now, let’s look at the cameras used in today’s modern productions.
Even with digital acquisition, Film cameras are still popular today, but their uses tend to be reserved for larger ‘Hollywood’ type productions. For use in Non-Linear suites, Film needs to go through a complex process of having the film developed, and then processed before being ‘digitised’ into a form that an NLE suite can handle. Additional metadata such as edge or film time-code is also passed onto the suite so that ‘cut’ lists can be generated to produce a final master reel. These reels used to be distributed to the cinemas for viewings but it is more common for digital reels be created for distribution..
Canon 5D uses H.264 compression
Camera storage formats and types
HINT: Make sure you know what your production will need to read its cameras rushes before you start!