We’re at NAB! And we’re so excited to show off everything we’re working on tomorrow. For those of you at the show, you can find us at the Pomfort booth, C8441, in the Central Hall. Come on by and check us out!
One of the reasons we decided to team up with Pomfort for NAB was, of course, to show off the new transcoding software they’re building for the D16. We have the first version of the software up and running, and it’s looking great.
If you remember from the first blog post about the software back in January, we’re separating the functions of transcoding into four “rooms” – Copy, Organize, Color, and Export (with Edit coming later). Here’s a quick look at how the software actually works:Step 1: Open software and add Source drive
Upon opening the software for the first time, there are no source drives and no destination drives. It’s naked! Let’s get on that. On the bottom of the left column, there are “Add” and “Remove” buttons. Click “Add” to add a Source, most likely a card in a card reader. Tada!
Add your Destination drive the same way you added your Source drive.
Once the drive appears in the right hand column, check it. Now if you look at the “Summary” box at the bottom of the screen, it confirms that the footage from the Source (in this case, 3 clips) will copy to the selected Destination drive. If this is what you want, hit the big “Start Copy” button on the bottom left.
The first thing you’ll notice is that in the task window — the megaphone looking gray area on the top right of the screen — the green check mark will immediately change to a rotating icon letting you know that footage is indeed copying.
When you move into the Organize room, the first thing you’ll notice is a row of folders down the left-hand side of the screen. The first section of folders is “Events”; aka your latest transfers in this project. (We had 4 footage dumps today, hence 4 Events). Below that are Smart Folders that automatically sort the footage from your project into different folders that might help you in your transcode. (You will also be able to create your own folders). Select an event to see the footage from that dump.
Now that you’re in a folder, you can see the three clips that we’ve dumped. We’ve selected the last clip. You can now see the metadata for this clip on the right-hand column. Some of this data is editable, such as clip rating, scene number, etc. You can also play the clip at different sizes/qualities, and set in/out points.
Step 4: Color
Sliding on over to the Color tab, you get a similar layout to Organize, with the addition of these controls beneath the playback window:
The numeric sliders will eventually be present on all of the color effects, and of course color settings can be saved to use on other clips and other projects. You can also apply color settings from one clip to another.
Step 5: Export
Now that we’ve copied, organized, and colored, it’s time to Export the chosen clips into a format we can edit in or upload to the web.
Select the clips (or folders) you want to Export. Just like the Copy room, you’ll select a Destination for the exported clips. The one final step is to drag one of the export presets (there are 6 to choose from now, but you’ll be able to make your own in the final version) onto your Destination. Double check the Summary at the foot of the window to make sure the right clips will copy to the right place in the right format, and when you’re ready, hit “Start Export”. When the green check appears at the top, you’re all done!
There’s still some UI to be worked out — nothing but the basic functions have their buttons and graphics in place, and we need to add our histogram, curve line, and other more complex color functions — but we’re making great progress, and glad to be able to show this to everyone live at NAB!