Workflow

Project copy v1... v2... v3...

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was a bit put out that there was no sensible solution to sharing projects in a read only fashion.
I just wanted to expand on that and outline where I find this to be a problems and what a possible solution would be to rectify this.

Why...
I have always been a big fan of the shared asset library/project. I use them for sound effects, music, graphics, clocks/bars/tone/company branding and logos etc. Anything that is not project or episode specific.

Sharing is best when you can

As with many people using FCP with a SAN, we stored our projects on the SAN moving them local to work on them and putting them back when we'd finished with them. This worked fine. But the idea of having project sharing was a great plus point to having FCServer.

I didn't start using the project check out/in straight away as when we installed Svr, we were already in production and were used to the workflow we had in place. However, for some reason, I was keen to get it working so I could work from home a bit easier - quite why I'd want to do that, I'm not entirely sure ;)

Final thoughts on Final Cut Server

I'm coming to the end of a two year contract at Astley Baker Davies where I have been working on 3 animation series. Since the start of the project, I've gone through a couple of different workflows but the one I've spent the most time with (and found the most useful/cost effective) is the Final Cut Server one I'm going to write about. I'm going to split this up in to a number of smaller posts over the next few weeks as there's quite a lot to get through. Feel free to comment or ask questions/point out my mistakes and stupidity at any point!

Split Tracks AppleScript

This is a handy script I use to make split track video files for our composer. He likes sync on the left and guide music/effects on the right so I set my sequence to Dual Mono in the Sequence Settings in FCP and then set the output for each track to the correct channel on the timeline. After I export and/or send the track through Compressor, both channels of audio are centre-panned.

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