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Remote editing for Holland’s Got Talent

Pre-editing starts from home now

This year, Blue Circle has started using a smart workflow procedure in post-production: remote editing. By means of a thin client, directors may start pre-editing from home. This saves both time and money.  

Editing usually takes place at an editing set, which is still advisable for high-end final editing. But by means of remote editing, rough pre-editing may be done from any workplace as long as it has good-quality internet connectivity.

United media manager Stijn Zeegers explains: “At United, we work with a virtual machine platform, a large supercomputer that can access all material we allocate. Whether that be Boer zoekt Vrouw (Farmers4Love), Wie is de Mol (Who is the mole)? or Holland’s Got Talent. Users of our remote-editing solution borrow a computer the size of a mouse pad, a thin client, for which we allocate the material it can access. By means of the thin client, the user connects to the virtual machine and starts up Avid. Thus, he takes over the computer used for editing. If a program needs more power, we can scale up the virtual machine. The user may take home two screens, a keypad, a mouse, a graphics tablet, whatever he needs. The best thing about this system is that we can log in to provide support. For example when the computer needs a reboot.”

Pre-editing of audition days

Blue Circle’s Benthe Raadsheer is producer of the program Holland’s Got Talent. It is her third season. Benthe: “In five audition days we shoot a great deal of material from which we compile six episodes of 90 minutes. In the studio, we shoot with eight Multicamera cameras and four ENG FS7s. And then there are the semi-live studio shows. During these shows, editing is done while shooting. Then, for example backstage stories are added.”

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Remote editing for Holland’s Got Talent

Such a lot of material on such a little box?

The audition phase is relayed to four directors. One of them is Maarten Post. He was rather sceptical at first because of the amount of material and the different sources: “We have one timeline for the material of twelve cameras, to which 24 audio layers are added. So it is no small matter. We didn’t think such a huge project could be undertaken by means of such a small remote set. But, to our surprise, it worked like a dream.” Maarten does want to use a serious set for the final editing on account of the presentation screen. This enables you to see whether a shot is stable enough. “But pre-editing the program may be done from home without any problems. You are able to work undisturbed for long stretches of time, since you are not distracted by what’s going on at the office. I can work faster and start sooner. In that program period, I used to work at Blue Circle round the clock, from ten in the morning to ten at night. Working from home means I get to see my girlfriend during the week. And if I am to become a father, this seems ideal as well.”

Budget-friendly

“The directors are huge fans”, Benthe says. “One of the benefits for me is that it is a lot cheaper.” Benthe has worked with the same directors for three seasons now, which inspires confidence. “If you have good directors who stick to the schedule, then working from home is not a problem.” She emphasizes that you do need proper planning.

The more the project advances, the more often the directors meet. Benthe: “Giving one another live feedback is easier. So, they still regularly meet at Blue Circle.” And during the semi-finals and the finals, Blue Circle is still the place to work. Maarten: “Abridging the recordings of the semi-finals is too demanding to do at a remote-set.”

Bypassing media manager

With the help of the viewing platform Frame.io, a kind of private YouTube, editor-in-chief Tijs Hartman assessed the items. Benthe: “He was enormously excited, for he could watch and assess the pre-edited material by means of an app anywhere.” Stijn: “We built a connection between Avid and Frame.io so that we as media managers needn’t interfere. The boys post their timelines in a directory and, within minutes, it arrives at Frame.io. The editor-in-chief is then notified that the pre-edited material is available. They are in control themselves, since there is no human interference anymore. And it’s working!” Maarten: “Frame.io allows you to simply upload the pre-edited material into the program for reviewing. Remote editing in combination with the app works like a dream.”

Joint kick-off

Stijn Zeegers was the United media manager who set up Holland’s Got Talent. “From selecting the cameras and creating workflows to helping with spotting and logging.” He considered a joint kick-off to be very useful. “All disciplines joined in to discuss the workflow. That helps to make things work.” Benthe adds: “You agree on who does what and are able to take it from there. As a producer and service company that is the smart way to do it.” Benthe enjoys working with United. “It has been a really good year for looking at all the options and helping each other.”

Want to get in contact?

Do you have a question or do you want information?
Get in contact with:

Guido  van de Walle
  • Guido van de Walle
  • Manager Postproduction & Digital Services
  • sales@united4all.nl
  • +31 357733100
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