I am finally getting my head around connected conform… with the valuable (and grateful) help on here and the tutorial videos that have been posted. Huge thanks to @Jeff and Grant Kay for their time spent producing the tutorials.
I have a scenario that I’d like your thoughts on.
I did a job recently where we had a master 30 edit with 16x9, 4x5, 1x1, and 4x5 versions. I connected conformed them from the camera rushes as normal, VFX was done in Flame and Nuke, the thing was Baselight graded and soforth. All good so far.
The client took our 30 sec master, and used that as a source to make the cutdown 20, 10, 6 and 5. each of these cutdowns also needed a 16x9, 4x5, 1x1, and 4x5 version. Because the client had used our master 30 export for the cutdowns, I used that for my source for the conforms… had to so the source timecodes matched their edls.
The client only supplied edls and offline references for the 16x9 versions, saying “just copy the framing for the socials formats from the master 30” socials.
My question is, what would be the best way to set this up so that all the 9x16 versions are connected sources… but different TL VFX to the 1x1s and the 4x5? And the 1x1 are also all conncted, so that if I changed the framing on shot 1 of the 1x1, it only changes in the 1x1 versions, not shot 1 of the 9x16 or 4x5
In this situaion, I mostly use the resize TL effect to do the panning and scanning on the socials aspect ratio versions, but because all the aspects came from the same source, whenever I tried to “sync resize to connected segments” it tried to sync it to all the other aspects as well. This was I think because all the cutdowns and all the aspects were all connected to the same source. That source beeing the 30sec master I re-imported.
Should I have imported the 30" master in 3 different times? Once for the 9x16, once for the 1x1 and once for 4x5 so Flame would have made 3 different “behind the scenes conections” and had a separate desktop for each aspect ratio?
Is there a better way? What would you do @Jeff ?
I ended up copying my resize TL VFX out to the VFX browswer thing (ctrl swipe right). Reformatting each cutdown conform to the aspect ratio I wanted, and then dragging the correct TL VFX out of the VFX browser on to the correct shot identified by the thumbnail! It worked, but it’s not very robust, and theres no segment connection made between the TL VFX, so if client changed the framing on one of the shots, I had to go through and copy the new TL VFX on to each instance of that shot!