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When the Saturday Night Live season finale aired on May 18, the cast bid farewell to longtime Weekend Update correspondent Stefon in a sketch that used pre-recorded elements conformed on the innovative new tool reLink reTooled.
The short was directed by Rhys Thomas and shot by Alex Buono. Editor Adam Epstein cut the piece inspired by 1967’s The Graduate using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Colorist Emery Wells of Katabatic Digital color-corrected the footage in Scratch and rendered the final material to Apple ProRes 4444 for the final conform process. The piece was shot using a combination of Arri Alexa, Red Epic, and Canon EOS 1D-C cameras.
In previous edits, Epstein was forced to realign every shot in the Premiere Pro timeline, redo any repositions, blow-ups, and speed changes and make sure they matched the original offline cut. For the final Stefon sketch, Epstein turned to reLink reTooled, the groundbreaking tool that uses industry standard XML to relink to files of different durations and file names without the frustrations of traditional editing applications.
With the tight timeline of SNL production and post schedule, Epstein shaved precious time off of the process by automating the relinking process and maintaining key information like speed changes and motion properties. “We’re always working up to the last minutes before air, and the final color-corrected overcut is normally the final step. Being able to automate what is often a frantic process and have spare time to focus on other details of the piece is an immense help,” he said.
reLink reTooled can be used with programs like Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro and allows editors to relink timelines with user-selectable metadata.
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Ok, so if you’ve been following the site you probably know about reLink reTooled. You know that it was created to be able to relink files of different titles and durations, for things like relinking an offline edit to a color correct.
What you may not have realized is there is a ton of other ways to use it. In this video, we talk about using it in conjunction with Final Cut Pro 7’s Media Manager or Premiere Pro’s Project Manager. Now we all know we can use these features to archive our projects to make our project smaller. But we can also use them to be able to take our projects on the road without the overhead of all of the original media.
So here’s the scenario, you’ve been working all day on an edit and its starting to get late. You want to finish up the edit at home, but you don’t have time to copy all of the media to an external drive. After all, a large edit could easily contain hundreds of gigabytes worth of footage. Sure, you could media manage your project so you can trim your sequence down to just a few seconds of handles to finish your edit, but how would you then get your edit relinked to your original media when you get back to the office.
Enter reLink reTooled…
Just remember, all of your media needs to be .mov files for this workflow to work!
The fifth film in a series of shorts by Made by Hand was released today. It was directed and produced by Keith “keef” Ehrlich and edited in Final Cut Pro 7 by editor Matt Shapiro. The film details the story of bike maker Ezra Caldwell and his fight with cancer.
After doing his offline edit, Shapiro had his color correct done by Jamie O’Bradovich at Company 3, New York. He got his files transfered to Apple Prores 4444 and turned to reLink reTooled for the conform and relinking process.
Speaking to the conform process, Shapiro said, “The reLink reTooled app was incredibly efficient and easy to use. It made our conform process run extremely smooth when finishing our most recent ‘Made By Hand’ film. I can’t tell you how much time we saved over doing this manually.”
You can see the full site here:
The film has also been featured on Gizmodo:
You can listen to the interview here.
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