Creating Great Comments In Your NLE

13 02 2008

Not to get too geeky on you but Scott Janush, over at Post Production Standards, has a great tip for entering exportable comments in an Avid bin. He creates columns with specific uses and then… well, I’ll let him tell you:
Information is my friend, so I am always looking at things and trying to find new ways to organize that info or refine existing info.

So, in the AVID, they give you the standard array of columns, which is growing by leaps and bounds, but not always the way I want or need.

Add a few new columns and name them:
Comments_Pix
Comments_Snd
Comments_Mx
Comments_VFX
Comments_DI
Comments_Whatever…

When you export to a codebook, your comments are broken out by category making it really easy to do a search for sound problems and not having to sift thru ancillary comments.

As a side note, this blog always has some great tips and tricks. So put it in your RSS feed, sit back, and enjoy.

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14 02 2008
Alex

You can do the same in a more limited way in Final Cut. You can have up to four custom comment headings in the browser. These custom headings are project specific. To set them, choose ‘Project Properties…’ from the Edit menu. Note that these headings aren’t used when searching for items. The ‘Find’ tool uses the default headings: ‘Master Comment 1’, ‘Master Comment 2’ etc.

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