Community member Toby Campen got in touch and asked us to look at the thorny issue of conforming reconforming sessions in Pro Tools.....
I work in TV post production and frequently encounter the issue of conforming projects with lots of dialogue, SFX and foley tracks to a new picture edit. It is a common headache among post production audio editors and mixers. Especially when editors provide us with a new picture edit where many shots have been cut or extended by a few frames.
I am aware of the Pro Tools Insert Time feature, and use the QuickTime player to watch two videos side-by-side when comparing edits, but could you share more elegant solution for performing this task please?
Toby we have covered the issue of conforming and re-conforming in the past on Pro Tools Expert but your question is a timely one and so we are going to run a new series of articles on this issue. The problem you refer to is a re-conforming problem and we will cover that in another article in this series. But first I want to look at conforming.
What Is Conforming?
Conforming, or sometimes called Assembly is the process of imposing the edits made by the picture editor using a guide audio track onto multi-track source audio files so we can use the individual mics but not have to select the appropriate takes etc manually. There are two key players in this area.
Podcast Extra Interview With Mike Wabro On Conforming
In this podcast Mike Thornton discusses the issue of conforming with Mike Wabro
- What is an EDL
- The history of conforming
- How do OMFs and AAFs relate to the conform workflow
- What is the difference between conforming and re-conforming
- Conforming with Ediload from Sounds in Sync
- Conforming with Titan from SynchroArts
Ediload v3 from Sounds in Sync
EdiLoad is an application that allows sound editors and mixers to perform a variety of crucial and time-saving tasks. From re-conforming (re-cutting) a Pro Tools session when picture changes occur, to conforming (assembling) location WAV files in Pro Tools, EdiLoad can streamline the workflow of any film or television sound-post production.
At its heart EdiLoad contains powerful functions that can manipulate edit lists through its filter, batch modify and cleaning controls. With its unique ability to import and export Pro Tools sessions, new work-flows can be created to automate repetitive tasks, or enable new processes on custom productions.
Titan From Synchro Arts
Titan has been around for ages and has been constantly improved over the years. Both applications have their strengths and weaknesses and as Mike Wabro says in our podcast interview above, it will depend on various circumstances as to which one he would use.
Titan is a set of three processes for use in audio post production workflows.
- Flash Conform - conforms multi-channel location sound recordings to picture editors EDL’s.
- Fix Sync - corrects synchronization discrepancies between location sound and audio from the picture editors.
- Flash Cutter - re-cuts Pro Tools sessions to follow changes in picture edits.
In part 2 we are going to get into the conforming workflow with a detailed tutorial on conforming from Mark Franken of Sounds In Sync in which he covers getting an AAF or OMF that contains the audio that you need, or that can be used to expand your location WAV files in Pro Tools.