We announced the new version of Conformalizer from The Cargo Cult with the Video Compare feature, which could be an answer to prayer for so many audio post production professionals. Why, because of the challenge of asking, and more importantly getting, 2 video EDLs or a Change list to enable us to re-conform our audio edit and mix to the new picture cut. Being able to create a change list by comparing two video files could be a gift. So how well does it work?
Why Is This Such A Gift?
As we have discussed in our recent Conforming and Reconforming series, in audio post production we seem to no longer have the luxury of a locked of picture edit, which we can then tracklay, and mix the sound to. Nowadays the picture edit is continually being updated whilst we are working on the sound edit and mix, and so in audio post production we have the challenge of how we can move our audio tracklay, edit and mix around to match the new picture cut. There maybe new scenes, trims or just small changes, but we need a way of being able to modify our Pro Tools session so that we don't have to start again from scratch from an AAF or OMF. This process is called re-conforming, which can enable us to re-order the Pro Tools session to match the new picture cut. As we covered in part 3 of our series on conforming and re-conforming, there are two main players in the re-conforming process which are designed to take two video EDLs (Edit Decision Lists), compare them and then impose those changes onto a Pro Tools session.
So why is this video compare feature in Conformalizer such a gift? Well the problem is getting picture EDLs or a Change List out of the picture department. Until now without these in the correct format the only way we could re-conform our carefully crafted edit and mix was manually, going through the two videos, comparing them, and creating a crude change list. Now all of that angst could be history if the Video Compare feature in Conformalizer actually works.
So team member Alan Sallabank went out and shot a raft of footage and then produced two edits of the same footage, in fact he reversed the cuts, and then loaded both video files into Conformalizer 4.1 and tried it out.
As you can see in his test it worked remarkably well. So Justin Webster from The Cargo Cult has made a huge step forward in making the audio post production workflow a lot less painful.
Want To Learn More About Conforming And Re-Conforming?
Check out our recent study and overview into what is conforming and reconforming and a look at the tools available to undertake conforming and re-conforming.