Wombok Forest

Stop Motion Animation

 

 

EDITING AND SOUND PRODUCTION

SEPTEMBER 2011

WOMBOK FOREST'S ONLINE EDIT BEGINS USING A PROMISE PEGASUS R6 6TB CONNECTED THROUGH A THUNDERBOLT CONNECTION TO A 2011 IMAC,16G of RAM AND A SSD and FINAL CUT PRO X

Finally after all these years we (2003 - 2011) we are to this point. Detailed on our Technical page is some of our journey technically to get to this point click here.

It was strange we were sitting here after working on a shot still figuring out how we were to render the files let alone edit them. We had made several computers through the years which we thought would be capable of doing our post production. But none really worked and if they did, they were unreliable and crashed and caused lots of problems. We had used pc's for years because it was the only way we could have the massive storage we thought we would be needing to complete the film. We looked into render farms it goes on. Anyway we had changed to mac osx and we were pretty pleased with stability of the system. We thought lets just get a loan and buy new computers. So we got online and this is when we heard about the Promise pegasus R6 that connects through a thunderbolt connection to the imac, we couldnt believe this new technology that had just come out. We were getting performance scores from geekbench from our other computers of a round 3000 and 2000 and the top of the line imac 2011 is supposed to give a score of 11639. We thought this combo is what we needed to work with the 4k files. We decided to go with an imac 2011 3.4gh prrocessor, 16g of ram with solid state system 250g drive. The pegasus R6 has 6tb of storage set up in raid 5. We then decided on a big move and go for Final Cut Pro x!

After a tormenting 3 week wait The computers arrived. We set up the computers and the pegasus and sat there in awe. We were rendering out the footage at 4k in After Effects Pro res 4444 on our old computer (it took 2 weeks). We networked the old and new computers and bought some of the footage into the imacs.

THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS WE HAD SEEN OUR FOOTAGE THAT WE HAD BEEN SHOOTING ( 3K NIKON D70 AND 4K NIKON D90)- - -WE WERE ASTONISHED---ASTONISHED IN THE CLARITY OF THE IMAGE, THE COLOURS AND ESPECIALLY ON THE IMAC SCREEN.

We were a bit hesitant with Final Cut Pro x, but it was such an affordable price we thought we would give it a go. We have a lot of experience with Premiere and a little bit on Final Cut7 (much the same) but it looked like FCPX was alien.

AFTER BRINGING ALL THE RENDERED FILES INTO THE PEGASUS RAID AND THEN OINTO FINAL CUT PRO XTIMELINE WE WERE AGAIN ASTONISHED THAT IT ALL OPENED UP ON THE TIMELINE AND TREATED IT LIKE WE WERE EDITING REGULAR DV (EARLY STAGES THOUGHT) WE STARTED TO EDIT AND GET OUR HEAD AROUND THE ALIEN LANDSCAPE OF FCP X AND FOUND IT T BE AMAZING ESPECIALLY THIS LITTLE TOOL WE FOUND BURIED IN THERE CALLED THE RETIMING TOOL - INSTEAD OF HAVING TO SET A SPEED CHANGE BETWEEN TWO EDIT POINTS THE RETIMING TOOL JUST LETS YOU DRAG OUT THE FOOTAGE AND IT WORKS!!!

 

We notice that while fcpx is rendering files (footrge with filters or retiming )the playback becomes a bit sluggish. But once the rendering is done the playback is smooth once again. It is early in the editing and we have lots of fixes etc that we may have to move to After Effects but we are so pleased with this set upand the price as our initial wishlist of 2003 would have been $35,000.00 for a fibre channel 5 tb raid without a computer and screen!!!!!

We hopefully will be updating this page regularly.