AutoDesk Smoke :: AAF Workflow With MP4 Files

Aug 18, 2011

I'm working on a feature film and I have a question about relinking AAF to mp4 material.First let me explain the steps I took:

-source material mp4 files from camera
-transcoded to .mov files so we could use it in Avid
-export AAF from Avid.

-imported all the source clips (mp4 files) with the gateway into Smoke
-imported the AAF file
-put the AAF file in same reel as mp4 files.
-choose Tools/Unlink/Relink and enabled 'Use Clip Name' and Use Timecode.

The problem now is that all the clips are getting linked by timecode only.I discovered that it's because the clips used in avid are .mov files that I want to relink to the mp4 files.

Is there a workflow to substitute the .mov for mp4 in Smoke somehow?I hope there is because now I have to do a lot of manual work (and there is not enough time for)

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AutoDesk Smoke :: Best Export Workflow For DCI - DCP Conversion

Nov 5, 2013

I have finished a project for broadcasting. Now it is going to be used for cinema use as well.
How should i go about it? Export a normal ProRes4444 and that is it? Or how could i (and should i) flip it into XYZ colourspace before exporting?
I want to deliver the material that gives the least risk of error during the image conversion.

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Jan 25, 2013

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Is this advisable for a 90 + min edit with Red footage? It might be doable but is it feasible meaning would performance be very sluggish? I have a 2009 Mac Pro, 24 GB RAM, 8TB RAID, RedRocket and Quadro 4000 card.

Would I be best off having the editor break the movie up into 10 - 12 minute sequences and then import each XML as its own sequence into one Smoke project?

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If I work with proxies would all of my tracking and paint work be valid when I switch back to the 4K version for final render?

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Jun 2, 2013

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And what should drive such a decision on a per shot basis?

I figured you do not do this pre-comp, due to the fact that noise reduction has the effect of removing detail quite often and may effect edges.

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Dec 22, 2012

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Aug 6, 2013

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Jun 12, 2012

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I think these medias should be transcoded automatically since it's a popular codec right now but unusable for edit.

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Feb 1, 2013

we normally used 1280 resolution clips with 25 fps..

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is it possible...?

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Jul 17, 2013

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Jun 21, 2012

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Nov 2, 2012

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Jun 17, 2012

I worked for two days with Smoke 2013. Much easier to get around than previous versions. but for now I will only mention the problem I have, not the qualities I found in this new version.

First day of work was fine, everything felt as expected. Second day the problems start:

> same User, same Project, same Original files and hard drives.

- at startup error message briefly displayed: "failed to create tar files"
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- if I then drag the files from the Finder to Smoke, they appear in yhe library but cannot play (Render Pending message). On first day I worked with the same set of files and Smoke seemed happy. I felt things were going nicely.

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May 30, 2012

I have a bunch of audio files. They are all wave files, but Smoke says they are empty....(but they aren't)

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One shows my finder where the psd files are, and the other shows my desktop within the Smoke library. Only one psd file gets recognized.I tried copying them to different locations, and renaming them, but nothing worked.The ones that don't get recognized are in CMYK colorspace. Is that a problem?How else can I get the layers into Smoke? By converting it to RGB, my layers get flattened.

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How can i remove processed files from my HDD. it is taking lots of space in there...??

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Feb 2, 2013

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My Smoke just crashed and there is the possibility of loosing all my projects. I have localized some files that I want to "recover" even if they are all scrambled. The problem is that these files seem to be single frames .mov files. If I try to import them to another Smoke they will be imported as single files and there are 6000 of them. How can I tell Smoke to treat the individual .mov files as a single sequence. I renumbered the files.

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Jul 13, 2011

Is it possible to change the settings of red files that exists in a sequence?

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Jun 11, 2013

Trying to import some still images into Smoke 2013. There are 15 files, all from the same source, all the same format (.png), however, when I open the folder in the mediahub, it reads 2 or 3 of the files and nothing else. The other files are in the folder and are no different than the ones Smoke does read, yet for some reason the other files are nowehere to be found through the mediahub. This isn't the first time I've had something like this happen.

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I tested this by importing with & without headroom & exporting dpx of both. I then compared these to the full range imports in Resolve & the dpx derived from not enabling headroom was the match.

I ask this as I want to ensure my comps go to Grade ok, and the colourist is happy! Last time I did this we were working with 422 10bit files & I had to enable headroom in Smoke in order to match Resolves 'full range' import.

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