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Anyone who works in a facility that works with an offline and online process probably knows that the online, or conform, process has typically been handled by the big guys. Smoke, Flame, Pablo, you know, the expensive ones. (Ok, maybe Smoke isn’t THAT expensive anymore, but you get the point).
The main reason for this is trying to relink an offline edit to your trimmed color correct files has always been a nightmare. If you were to take an offline EDL or XML into FCP7 or Premiere Pro, and try to reconnect to the clips manually, it was an insanely tedious if not impossible process. Those applications want clips to be the same length as the original, the same names, the same frame size. With a color correct, however, that won’t be the case. Maybe you did your offline edit at proxy resolution. Maybe your file names have changed. And even if none of that happened, the clips length won’t match. When you edit, you edit with long clips. Then you might use a few seconds of a several minute clip. Color correct with a few seconds of handles, and want to relink. You might also have several source clips from the same original clip, necessitating new file names.
That is where reLink reTooled comes in. You take your offline edit and export an xml. Then open up reLink reTooled, load that XML and point it to your new media. Then you can choose your relink criteria and save out an XML that references your new media. That’s all. I’ve been using this tool for many months now, and have put it to the test on large national clients. Using a combination of FCP7 and After Effects, conforms have been simplified and transformed from the days of capturing from a D5. The whole process is intuitive and simple. But your best bet is to just watch the video and see it in action. Check out a brief teaser above and a full demonstration below.
In this Premiere Pro tutorial we compare audio and video linking in Premiere Pro vs. Final Cut Pro. We also discuss Premiere Pro’s Group Function and how you can use it to extend your timeline functionality.
In Premiere Pro these are the ways to link audio and video clips together:
- Use the Clip Menu/Link or Unlink Command to Link 1 piece of Audio with 1 piece of Video. If the audio is in the video file, they will be linked automatically.
- If linked, these clips can be temporarily unlinked by holding the alt/opt key and clicking, moving, trimming, or cutting.
- Use the Clip Menu/Group or Ungroup Command to Link multiple pieces of Audio and/or Video. The clips will be dragged, trimmed (see video for how this works), or slipped together.
- If grouped, these can also be temporarily ungrouped by holding the alt/opt key and clicking, moving, trimming, or cutting.
- When comparing Premiere Pro with Final Cut, the real difference is the way you temporarily unlink audio and video (and of course the Group Function, which Final Cut lacks). In Final Cut, you use the button on the top right of the timeline to turn linking on or off. In Premiere Pro, you use the alt/opt key. Depending on the instance, I like each technique, and sometimes I find myself wishing for the other when in the opposite program. What do you guys think?
Credits: Thanks to John Gumaer for doing the intro sound design.