Stereo workflow - track copy and media replacement


Two new functions have been added to Nucoda to make the stereo workflow more streamlined.


The functions are:  


Copy tracks


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Copy tracks will make copies of all selected tracks and place the copies above the existing tracks.

In a stereo project, the tracks will be copied to the same eye


Copy S3D (Stereo 3D)


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This function is only available in a stereo project and is used in conjunction with the Copy Tracks function.

After selecting and copying tracks using the copy tracks command, pressing the Copy S3D button will automatically move the new tracks to the other eye (depending on whether the left or right eye was copied) at the same time it will scan the source location of the current source and matte files for the material that corresponds to the eye that is being created. If the new media is found, all the material will be automatically replaced with the same material but from the opposite eye.


This works based on the naming of the material and requires that the material for the other eye is available from the same drive letter, and that the material and directories clearly indicate whether the material is for the left or right eye. The default is to look for the following patterns (case-insensitive):


Left eye: “left” “le” “li”

Right eye: “right” “re” “ri”


It will only work if these letter combinations appear on their own, for example :


“Shot_02_panleft_left” will correctly be replaced by “Shot_02_panleft_right” because we ignore ”panleft” as an indicator, the same is true for directories.


In this example we will find the words left and le in both the directory and filename, replace them with right and re and conform and import the new material.

 

*FROM FILE S:\Undead\Media\S3D\Left\Undead-S3D-LEFT_259407.dpx

*NUCODA_LAYER Primary

*NUCODA_LAYER Matrix -effect GammaMatrix


*NUCODA_LAYER 6015_v002 -matte.r S:\Undead\Media\VFX\Mattes\mt_003\le\mos_reel03_scn0043_shot6015_v002_mt_003_le.0001.dpx

*NUCODA_LAYER 6015_v002 -matte.g S:\Undead\Media\VFX\Mattes\mt_003\le\mos_reel03_scn0043_shot6015_v002_mt_003_le.0001.dpx

*NUCODA_LAYER 6015_v002 -matte.b S:\Undead\Media\VFX\Mattes\mt_003\le\mos_reel03_scn0043_shot6015_v002_mt_003_le.0001.dpx


Stereo workflow with copy track and copy S3D options


The new options are most valuable when using the workflow of finishing the main eye (left or right) and then copying the grades from one eye to the other and reconforming the media. This is a common workflow for animation.


Using this workflow:


  1. Conform the main eye and complete the grade on the main eye.

  2. Once done, select the tracks you need to copy - ie all tracks in the main grade.

  3. Use the Copy tracks function,  it will copy all selected track from one eye to the other.

  4. Once copied, pressing the Copy S3D button will use the defined values for Left / Right to link and import the corresponding media for the other eye and link it to the clips on the new copied track.

  5. You will now be able to go through the timeline and make changes to shapes as required