The term post-production might seem simple but beneath the surface it’s a rabbit hole. That’s because Frame.io have put together the ultimate (their words) post-production workflow guide. It covers everything from capturing to exporting footage and is rounded off with dedicated case studies. Best of all? It’s free!
There’s just so much involved when it comes to post-production: Acquiring footage, codecs, conforming, editing, building and adding effects, color grading, sound design, exporting.. you name it. Every step in the process requires particular attention in order to maintain image (and sound) quality throughout post. Many weird specs and technical jargon are involved.
Post-Production Workflow Guide
Frame.io makes it clear right from the start: This guide is completely product-agnostic. It’s about the concepts, not particular gear, services or software. They worked with a number of professional filmmakers around the world to bundle as much expertise as possible into a comprehensive post-production workflow guide.
As David Kong, director of content at Frame.io, puts it,
“There are many amazing resources for post-production information scattered across the web. But these resources are all spread out, hard to find, incomplete, and none of them gives you a complete overview of the entire process. That will soon change.”
You might know David already from one of his extensive guides, such as his superb primer on video codecs over at Philip Bloom’s blog.
The post-production workflow guide splits into 9 chapters: Capture, Prep, Edit, Conform, VFX, Color, Sound, Delivery and Case Studies. Each chapter is divided into smaller, easily digestible sections. All together it’s a 100.000 word document and you’ll need about 90 minutes of pure reading time to work through it. In reality, of course, it will take much longer as there are so many images, charts and the above case studies which will glue your attention to the screen for quite some time.
Once you have worked your way through the thicket, this guide is still very useful for later reference. Frame.io states that they will improve and expand the guide over time. As Frame.io puts it, this post-production workflow guide is designed to be the
“go-to resource for anyone (rookie or veteran) looking to understand all (or certain) parts of the video workflow, from acquisition to delivery.”
link: Frame.io Workflow Guide
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