Cinedeck Introduces File-Based Insert Editing

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Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:05 -- Nick Dager

Cinedeck File-Based Insert EditingCinedeck today announced File-Based Insert Editing, which enables insert editing on digital deliverable files for the very first time. Cinedeck is the first technology manufacturer to develop this breakthrough software solution, which completely eliminates traditional, time-consuming and costly workaround procedures of editing and re-rendering entire final program content, or editing and laying off to tape then re-encoding to a delivery file, resulting in dramatically improved productivity.

Until now, digital deliverable files have been closed and inaccessible to editors, creating a barrier in editorial workflow and handicapping efficient program delivery when last-minute changes are required. However, Cinedeck File-Based Insert Editing allows editors to quickly perform frame-accurate video/audio insert editing into a digital file.

This unique feature supports popular intermediate file formats used in mainstream NLE systems, including Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut and Adobe Premiere, plus and ProTools audio workstations. It also harnesses industry-standard deck controls, and allows editors to work in a similar manner to traditional insert editing on tape.

“The matter of file-based insert editing has been a major productivity problem, that other manufacturers have not solved,” said Charles D’Autremont, founder and CEO of Cinedeck. “Now, Cinedeck has made file-based insert editing a reality. The process is familiar to editors, takes just a few minutes and, in many situations, delivers significant time and cost savings. Cinedeck File-Based Insert Editing also allows editors and producers to keep projects live for much longer in the delivery cycle, and to meet deadlines with more comfort than ever before.”

"Cinedeck File-Based Insert Editing is a major time saver when dealing with last minute deliverables,” said Michael French, at 16by9 post in LA. “By not having to re-render an entire program, when changing just a few frames of video or audio, will save hours of re-rendering time and free-up edit bays for other work."

Cinedeck File-Based Insert Editing is available with the forthcoming v5 software upgrade for the Cinedeck RX, MX and ZX record, ingest and transcode platforms. As soon as the relevant material is accessible on the Cinedeck platform, editors can select the source content and destination file, and perform a frame-accurate insert edit via the Cinedeck interface into the closed file. The Cinedeck platform then rapidly delivers the complete file in the original digital deliverable format.

This capability eliminates process of reconforming and re-rendering final program content. As it was not previously possible to edit a digital file, an editor would traditionally have to return to the original master material on the timeline within their NLE editorial system, perform the required edits, and then re-output the entire program in realtime to the deliverable format.

Cinedeck File-Based Insert Editing also enables workflows to be file-based from start to finish, bypassing tape all together. Many post facilities continue to use tape decks to lay off a re-edited timeline to tape then re-encode back to a digital file delivery. With this new feature, deliverables can be re-edited on a single pass on one device, versus two or more passes with insert editing to tape.

Cinedeck File-Based Insert Editing takes place on fast Cinedeck platforms, so there is no need for extra processing power or export to a render farm. It also delivers major advantages to quality control, versioning and continuity, as well as providing flexibility for last minute changes required by producers or legal teams.

Cinedeck File-Based Insert Editing supports the world’s most popular NLEs, such as Final Cut, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere, with a range of editorial codecs that include Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC Intra, Uncompressed and DVCPro in typical configurations working with Op1AMXF, DPP AS-11 MXF, OpAtom MXF and MOV files. Cinedeck v5 software is scheduled for release on May 15th.