On-set Professionals

Industry leading solutions for production dailies

Introduction to SCRATCH Lab for Production Dailies

Watch Emmy-winning Michael Forrest as he walks you through SCRATCH Lab on-set.

If you’re a DIT or video engineer, you know that digital cameras and file-based workflows have completely changed the production landscape in the last 12-24 months. An explosion of new cameras from the Epic and Alexa, to the F5/F55/F65, to C300/500 and Phantom to DSLRs like the 5D, 7D and GoPro have created amazing choices for Directors and DPs, but have created a tremendous amount of complexity, because their workflows are all different. But that’s not all, because your deliverables have changed as well. Directors and producers want to leverage these new digital workflows to save time and money in every production.

The Advanced Dailies Revolution

Today’s dailies are more than just ingest, back up, throw on a LUT and render. In the new era of Advanced Dailies, the lines between what’s done on set, or on location, are blurred with what’s traditionally been done in a facility. So, what are Advanced Dailies? Today’s DITs and video engineers working on projects ranging from features, to episodic TV, commercials and spots are now required to:

  • Manage the data from multiple cameras and camera types - (with some being added even in the last minute) and keep huge amounts of data organized
  • Sync audio - sometimes with the luxury of accurate timecode, and sometimes with no timecode at all
  • Set looks and manage LUTs. Sometimes, LUTs are given to you, sometimes you are the one that makes them
  • Advanced QC and color correction. Directors and DPs want more confidence than ever in their shots. Meanwhile, producers want to do as much on set as possible to save some of the money they spend of facilities. So, DITs and video engineers are being asked to color correct the dailies as you go, and even set a key on a green screen to ensure it has been lit properly. These are tasks well above and beyond the requirements of yesterday’s productions.

 

SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab MEAN Advanced Dailies:

SCRATCH Lab® is the fastest, most flexible and most accurate way to meet the challenges of even the toughest dailies workflows. Period. Any camera, any deliverable, plus the support ASSIMILATE is world famous for- all at a price you can afford.

Key advantages of Lab include:

  • Better shot and reel management than anyone else. Lab’s unique CONstruct interface allows you to organize your shots any way you like - by day or week, or by scene and take. Manage unlimited numbers of versions and switch between them, or see them side-by-side.
  • Support for more native camera formats than anyone else. Mix and match camera formats, resolution or colorspace in the same, single view.
  • Advanced audio sync either automatically via timecode, by analyzing the audio waveform, or by moving the waveform manually
  • Unrivalled timecode and metadata management. Easily manage, change and carry any metadata through the entire workflow. Even add timecode to shots that don’t have it. Roundtrip with Avid or FCP with confidence for fast, flexible conform.
  • Powerful QC, LUT and look management. Create looks, LUTs and CDLs, or seamlessly integrate with 3rd party tools like LiveGrade.
  • Wicked fast background rendering. Create one-click templates that can render any popular deliverable combination in any sized cue- completely in the background, while you load your next shot and carry on working.

Click here to read more about production dailies with SCRATCH Lab.

Video Case Studies

  • Leandro Marini of Local Hero Post and Director Tom Elkins discuss color grading and compositing in SCRATCH
    Post date: Tue, 2013-04-16 21:39
    Color Grading
  • Cinematographer Paul Cameron ASC and DIT Mark Wilenkin discuss the benefits of color-grading dailies on-set
    Post date: Fri, 2013-02-01 01:26
    Dailies review

Tutorials

  • SCRATCH and LiveGrade
    SCRATCH Lab

    Learn how to use Pomfort's LiveGrade and Blackmagic Design's HDLink Pro to generate luts and CDLs for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH.

  • SCRATCH Lab 6.1: New Metadata Tools
    SCRATCH Lab

    Learn how to use the new features in SCRATCH Lab 6.1 for faster, easier workflows with Metadata Stacks, custom fields, timecode regeneration and trays.

Webinars

  • 29 October 2013 - Filmmaking to Go: The Tablet Revolution in On-Set Workflows
    SCRATCH Finish
    Filmmaking to go: Duck Grossberg, who designs and manages digital acquisition and dailies pipelines for features, commercials, and episodic projects, shares how he uses portable devices to improve on-set workflows during filming.
  • 06 February 2013 - Everything On-set Professionals Need to Know About Color Correction
    SCRATCH Lab
    Get the scoop on color theory and grading on-set with Emmy award winner, Michael Forrest, and Juan Carlos Ortiz-Duran, colorist, DIT and local 600 member. Topics include the relationship between image color, look generation and lighting and how to use tools to achieve looks and color grades on-set.

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Case Studies

  • SCRATCH Helps Advance Jeff Flohr from DIT to Colorist on Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring
    Post date: Wed, 2013-10-09 18:34
    Case Study Category:
    Color Grading, Finishing
  • SCRATCH Streamlines Multiple Aspect Ratios and Versioning of VFX Dailies on Snow White and The Huntsman
    Post date: Mon, 2012-08-27 18:54
    Case Study Category:
    Dailies review

Credits

  • The Bling Ring
    Jeffrey Flohr
    2013
  • Audi Commercial
    Brownian Motion
    2012
  • Being Mary Jane
    Joe Elrom
    2012
  • BMW Commercial
    Brownian Motion
    2012
  • Calvin Klein - Euphoria Commercial
    Jeffrey Flohr
    2012
  • Chasing Mavericks
    Digital Sandbox
    2012
  • EA Sports Commercial
    Thomas Wong
    2012
  • Glee
    New Edit
    2012
  • Harry's Law
    Warner Brothers
    2012
  • Klondike Commercial
    Thomas Wong
    2012
  • Knorr Commercial
    Brownian Motion
    2012
  • MLB Commercial
    Thomas Wong
    2012
  • Revlon Commercial
    Jeffrey Flohr
    2012
  • Second Generation Wayans
    Joe Elrom
    2012
  • Sony Playstation Move Commercial
    Thomas Wong
    2012
  • Sony Playstation Vita Commercial
    Thomas Wong
    2012
  • Sparks & Embers
    Jody Neckles
    2012
  • Target Commercial
    Thomas Wong
    2012
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