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Parking & Transportation

Our building is approximately 1/2 block from the Town Square Garage (also known as the Ellsworth Garage) in downtown Silver Spring, MD. The rate for the garage is $1.00/hour.

When exiting the garage, use the stairs to level 2 and turn right after exiting the garage onto Fenton Street.  Cross over Roeder Drive and the entrance to our building is a few storefronts up on the right hand side of the road facing Colesville.

Project Prep

Project preparation and handoff are an important part of finishing success.  There are three workflows that we suggest to our clients.

#1 Conform

Conforming means rebuilding your editorial timeline in our color correction systems (DaVinci Resolve).  In general, this our preferred workflow but it does have some important pros/cons:

Conform Pros

  • Ability to access Raw metadata from cameras like Red, Arri, Canon, Sony, Blackmagic.  This may or may not be vital depending on the project and how it was shot.
  • Ability to supply handles.  In a conformed workflow, because we’re working with the original media (or a slightly trimmed version of it) we can render footage with handles and in general, complete what’s called a ’round-trip’ NLE > Color > NLE.
  • Access to position/framing parameters
  • Access to speed change information
  • No problems with transitions

Conform Cons

  • Issues with NLE media management
  • Potential problems with framing/speed changes due to differences in the math used between systems
  • Increased project time
  • Potential problems with effects used in editorial

#2 Flat/Baked File

After discussing your project we might suggest a flat or ‘baked’ workflow.  Essentially this means that your timeline is preconformed or exported as a textless master file.

 Flat Pros

  • No issues associated with conforming, including dealing with timecode problems, speed changes,  or sizing
  • We can often get started grading much faster in a flat file workflow, which equates to less time in project preparation

Flat Cons

  • No access to Raw metadata
  • No ability to provide handles on render (we can still round-trip)
  • Potential issues with transitions
  • Potential problems with baked effects

#3 Hybrid Workflow

When it comes to a conformed or flat file workflow, it’s not an all or nothing approach.

Here are some examples:

You might deliver to us a flatted version of a project but supply specific clips in the original form so we can render handles or have access to Raw metadata.

We might conform your project but there are sections that are super complex and that for time/cost reasons it makes more sense to make a flat file of that section.

 Hybrid Pros

  • No issues associated with conforming, including dealing with timecode problems, speed changes,  or sizing
  • We can often get started grading much faster in a flat file workflow which equates to less time in project preparation

Hybrid Cons

  • No access to Raw metadata
  • No ability to provide handles on render (we can still round-trip)
  • Potential issues with transitions
  • Potential problems with baked effects

Streambox Technical Information

If you can’t make it into the office for a supervised session or review, we have you covered by being able to stream directly to your device.

Here is our guide to setting up your screen, environment and the Streambox player of your choice.

Streambox Client Instructions

For a more comprehensive overview of the Streambox Ecosystem, please check out this article written for our training website MixingLight.com

Streambox With One Of Our Supplied iPads

We think that an iPad Pro is a very good review and approval device – with a high-quality, accurate screen in an easy to use form factor.

We maintain a small fleet of iPads we can send one to you if you’re worried about the quality/accuracy of your screen.  These iPads come pre-loaded with Streambox Player for iOS and other handy tools you may need in a session.

We ship all of our iPads in a Pelican Vault case for the utmost in protection, we ask that you do not disassemble this case.  The case has a kickstand on the back -please use the device in landscape mode.  This package also includes a USB-C to USB-C cable and charging block.

Logging in to the iPad is done via security code.  We will provide that code when when we ship the iPad.

In the dock of the iPad, the Streambox Media Player app as well as common video conferencing tools.  Please pick the communication platform you’re most comfortable with and enter your credentials to login – please be sure to log out prior to returning the iPad to us.

We ship each iPad with display settings optimized for critical viewing, all of which can be found in Settings > Display & Brightness

  • Automatic Brightness disabled
  • Brightness is set to about 40%-50%, which mimics 100 Nits recommended by standards bodies.
  • True Tone disabled
  • Night Shift disabled
  • Auto Lock set to 10 min

The iPad Pro has powerful speakers but if you require better audio, you’ll need to pair a set of Bluetooth headphones with your supplied iPad.  To do so please consult your headphone/earbud instructions for placing them into pairing mode and then open Settings > Bluetooth and look for your device to pair.

Our iPad bundle also includes a return shipping box/label. When we’re done with your project simply place items back in the box, seal and take to your local UPS Store location.