The Setup Panel
Exporting Conforms and Summaries
The Movie View
The Block View
The Difference View
Letter to the Editor
The Movie Views
The movie views allow you to import two Quicktime movies to match the old and new versions of the cut. These movies are not required for Conformalizer to work but can be a very useful aid in deciphering the picture changes.
The movie views, in conjunction with the difference view, are a key part of the powerful VFX tracing features in Conformalizer.
1. Type cmd-1 to import the old movie
2. Type cmd-2 to import the new movie
3. Enter or capture the start time of the movies (if necessary).
5. Click on any edit in any of the three lists, or anywhere in the block view and the relevant movie/s will locate to the appropriate frame. You can then use the transport controls to scroll or step through a shot or sequence comparing the two versions.
This is an excellent way of checking that the EDLs/cutlists are correct and that the compare process has been accurate.
Navigating the conform
Conformalizer has a rich set of features to enable fast and accurate navigation around the conform.
The 'mov' buttons go to the head and tail of the movie.
The 'edit' buttons locate to the head and tail of the current event.
The '1' and '10' buttons nudge 1 or 10 frames respectively and holding these buttons down will scroll through both movies together.
Holding the SHIFT modifier will allow navigation of only the old movie, while the OPT modifier will isolate the new movie.
You also have the option of scrubbing the movies independently by holding CTRL and clicking in the block view.
NOTE: in PAL film mode, the EDLs exported from the picture editor are 25fps lists (running 4% fast). Since v3 conformalizer converts these to 24fps (film speed) on import so that the 'old' and 'new' lists will locate the film speed pictures correctly.
25fps (film-speed, stop frame) movies will locate to approximately the right frame, give or take half a frame.
Visual Navigation Feedback
When navigating around in the list or the movies, you will notice a number of visual feedback cues design to help you, and others watching over your shoulder, understand where you are and what you are doing.
Any time you hit a movie navigation button or keyboard shortcut you will see an icon flash over the movie view, indicating what you just did. If you hold the button you'll see the icon pulsing till you let go. This is especially helpful when you have a group of people standing behind you examining a new recut.
If, when selecting an event in the list, the start timecode for a movie turns a red colour, it means that the selected event falls outside the range of the movie.
If you are navigating around in the conform and notice the movie views change to a red coloured border, it means that the frame you are looking at was not matched in this conform - it's either new material (in the new movie) or dropped material (from the old movie).
If you notice the 'equals' sign change to a red 'not equal' you know that the old and new pictures are not in sync, even if they do both show a blue (matched) border.These features combined make it very easy to tell where you are, what you've just done and when you've made a mistake.
More on 'Movie Start Time'
The 'Movie Start Time' fields allow Conformalizer to work better with long-form projects and provide a way to use movie files with unusual start times. It is used by Conformalizer when locating a movie, creating a new event or capturing the in/out times of an existing event. The start time field will turn a red colour if a change event is selected which falls outside the timecode range of the movie.
In most situations the Quicktime files will include a timecode track which matches the EDLs provided by the editorial dept. When importing a movie, Conformalizer will first try to remember the start time you last used for this movie...
then it will look for any Quicktime TimeCode track...
then if all else fails it will not assign any start timecode to the movie.
In this last case, the 'start timecode' field will display 'no TC set' and the movies will behave as if they belong to any hour code - e.g. 01:00:08:00 and 02:00:08:00 will both locate the movie to 8 seconds. This is usually fine for reel based film projects but causes problems with reels or cuts longer than 1 hour.
To manually set a start time you can either enter a specific start frame (in timecode) or find the 'zero point' of the movie and have Conformalizer calculate the start time for you. The 'zero point' would be the frame which corresponds to the start of the hour - e.g. for a movie which starts at 00:59:30:00 you should locate the movie to 30 seconds where the timecode burn-in should read 01:00:00:00, then choose 'Capture Old/New Movie Zero Point' (CTRL-CMD-1 or CTRL-CMD-2). At any time you can use the small arrow buttons to nudge the start timecode up or down in 1 hour steps.