Editing and Effects Are Merging

Editors Guild by Dan Ochiva

Editorial Roles May Be Changing with Latest Software Advancements

Editing and effects are becoming closer than ever in post, if you agree with the trends displayed at NAB2013.

Both Autodesk and Adobe presented applications that more closely integrate traditional 3D creation with editing and compositing. Autodesk Smoke, which has been an extended public beta for nearly a year, debuted in its final configuration. Developed for Macs only, the program was completely rewritten around a traditional NLE timeline.

Adobe Premiere Pro Integrates Color Management

Adobe's Premiere Pro picked up the Lumetri color engine from Creative Suite stable mate SpeedGrade. Now looks created in the color grader — say a film-style Bleach Bypass — immediately appear on the Premiere Pro timeline. Meanwhile, another Creative Suite companion, After Effects, now offers a direct pipeline between MAXON’s Cinema4D 3D app.

Many were curious as to how SpeedGrade would work, since its first appearance in the Creative Suite at last year's NAB only offered a rough approximation of how the app would integrate. Adobe’s Al Mooney, Premiere Pro’s product manager, noted how color grading could now be more integrated throughout the editing process.

Looks created in SpeedGrade and imported into Premiere, he said, would even find their way on set during production, enabling a DP to see how lighting choices, for example, would change the final shot. “Giving editors a way to work directly with the aesthetics of a piece is something really unique,” says Mooney. read more...

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