Remote Grading
Available virtually anywhere.
Covid-19 has drastically impacted Hollywood production and post-production.
Rather than wait for a return to business-as-usual, we can take the opportunity to innovate on the way we work together to produce high-quality content.
The Traditional Model isn't working.
The traditional model of post-production centers around filmmakers and colorists working together in the same room.
Only when absolutely necessary has remote grading been employed. In those cases, the post-production facility could transmit real-time high quality video to another compatible facility across the country.
The technical requirements for this were significant, which precluded independent productions from utilizing that workflow.
Now that social distancing requires many people to work from home, a new solution is needed to address the need for collaborative post-production...
We can do better.
Streaming video requires a continuous balance between quality, latency. In most high-quality streaming video platforms, there is a high degree of latency between the time the streamer (gamer, reporter, performer) does something and the audience sees it. This latency doesn't work for collaborative work because the client would always be seconds behind the colorist.
Real-time cloud-based meeting solutions like Zoom address the latency issue by sacrificing quality and frame-rate. Streaming video quality on those platforms is insufficient to make critical color decisions.
Real-time point-to-point video streaming can achieve broadcast-quality transmission with sub-second latency for studio-grade interactivity, but at a mere fraction of the cost and using public Internet.
Remote color grading sessions provide us all with a safe way to produce quality content together. Gone are the days of slow, asynchronous review over stills, QuickTime files, or Those still have their merits for off-line viewing. But nothing beats a real-time interactive session with a colorist.
How does it work?
At the start of a project, you can deliver assets and materials either on a hard drive or through my direct digital upload portal – high-end commercial file transferring, better than Google Drive or Dropbox.
Prior to our first remote grading session, I'll walk you through network configuration and setting up the receiver software on your computer over remote screen-sharing using TeamViewer. After the initial setup, you can easily enable the receiver on your own at future grading sessions.
We'll conduct the session over phone or Zoom audio.
Color-accuracy is naturally of high importance. Given you will be monitoring outside of a studio environment, I will guide you through monitor and display setup for optimum viewing accuracy.
Qualified devices include but are not limited to:
MacBook Pro (2016 and newer)
LG, Panasonic, or Sony OLED TVs (C7 and newer)
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