Sunday, January 09, 2011
Yesterday the Cinema Audio Society had another of its excellent seminars at Sony studios. The topic was the Digital Gameplan, how to use proper work-flow to deal with synchronization issues. You would think that after all these years things would have been worked out, but especially with the advent of 3D, synch is more important than ever, and with many shows using multiple cameras and many microphones all the time, it is more complicated than it has ever been.
John Coffey did an excellent job of organizing the event, and all of the guest speakers contributed important tidbits about new technologies. However the most interesting part of the day was listening to comments and questions from the audience. It's very clear that there are many differing opinions about what the right work-flow path is, and that the biggest issue will always be the fact that it is a community of people who have to work together to ensure synch stays perfect throughout the complex work-flow that most shows are now working with. This was just the tip of the iceberg, and with Avid's help, a white paper is being started to document some of the many issues that people are dealing with.