We’ve finally got 2022.1 installed on a test machine, and I am kicking it around on a real job to see if we’re ready to dump Lustre for grading in Flame. With the addition of the ColorMgmt matchbox the grading tools themselves seem like they’re there. However, previous efforts to grade in Flame ended with me hand copy+pasting mass quantities of timelineFX from one sequence to the next, which absolutely cannot be how it goes from here on out.
I suspect the solution lies through Connected Conform. I’ve got it sort of working, but keep managing to break my Sources and Shots Sequences when I add a revised cut after working for a while. My mental image of what the workflow looks like is: conform the first spot, then start grading. A revised cut shows up, so I create Sources and Shots Sequences, then bring in my revised cut. I conform the revised cut, then Update both the Sources and Shots sequences, eventually doing a “Sync Connected Segments” from the Shots Sequence to magically propogate my 55 little Image nodes onto the unsuspecting new edit.
I can get this to work if I pretend I’m a demo artist. I bring the first AAF in, link it up, create the sequences, then bring in the 2nd AAF, link it up, update the sequences, and it all works like magic. The problem, as always, lies when ugly reality intrudes. This is one of those stock-o-matic pandemic jobs where most of the footage is from getty, shutterstock, pond5, and old client videos. Getting the conform to where I can even start safely grading is half an hour or so of YOLOing a “File Name / Handles” Match Criteria, and then a ton of hand adding of timewarps and slipping to deal with the pastiche of framerates. It’s in here that I suspect I’m breaking something under the hood, but I’m not sure what, and I honestly don’t see a way around this, as I need the conform lined-up before I start any creative work. At this point, when I bring in the next edit and attempt to update the Sources and Shots Sequences, they double in length with duplicate shots, half linked to my first edit and the other to my second. No bueno.
Any idea what I’m doing wrong? If there are any experts out there that want to slide into my DMs and check out what I’m doing on Zoom/screenshare, there’s a bottle of booze with your name on it!