Jul 7, 2011, 12:27 PM
Post #1 of 13
So, I finally broke down and upgraded to Pro 10 and I also purchased Production Assistant. I have been editing with Vegas Platinum for the past year and a half so I am pretty familiar with how everything works. However, after watching the tutorials (great job by the way DSE!) I just can't seem to figure out how this is going to speed anything up for me.
I was under the impression that there was some way to have PA automatically import the files from my card, drop them into the template where I could make a few tweaks and then have it burn the dvd.
I am quite certain that I am missing something, but would be really grateful for advice on how people are using PA.
I do my own editing and average @10 - 15 jumps/day. We try and give the customer the dvd before they leave, but will mail them if we have to.
DSE (D 29060)
Jul 7, 2011, 3:00 PM
Post #2 of 13
Step 1; build your custom templates with the template creator Step 2: Set PA2 to detect when a card is inserted, and copy media. Step 3: trim any files that need trimming (if you shoot with this in mind, nothing needs to be trimmed. Step 4: Process (this renders for DVD burn.
You watched the tutorials on the Sony site and didn't see the automation features?
I'm totally familiar with Pro 9 and 10 and have used them to create hundreds of edits / DVD's. So I was excited to purchase Production Assistant 2 a few weeks back.
I've now tried and tried and tried for night after night to have it launch when a card is inserted. I cannot find any Detect Card tab anywhere that will instruct it to do so. Is there some secret?
Also, I cannot for the life of me have it automatically close gaps and create crossfades after it processes. I have to do this manually each and every time.
So where I'm at so far, Production Assistant does not save me any time - rather, it takes far longer than manually dropping the files into the home made template I've been using for ages with Pro 9 and 10.
I'm certain there's simply something I'm unable to find and use for the Detect Card feature you've described - plus having it automatically close gaps and create crossfades after it Processes.
Thanks - and glad you've recovered from your accident. I bashed up my right leg and knee pretty badly last October ... a double mal spoiled my day big time.
DSE (D 29060)
Aug 8, 2011, 8:52 AM
Post #7 of 13
See the attached graphic for auto-launch. If you leave this checked, and let PA run in your system tray (as the video and manual indicate) then PA will launch, ingest, launch Vegas, and populate.
Auto-rippling is a feature of the templates you build in the Template Creator. If you don't build templates with Template Creator, then you'll end up using the "Remove Track Gaps" feature (which is a one-click for the entire timeline). The video files on the Sony site, and the manual cover these features pretty deeply; apparently we've missed some level of communication, or perhaps the broadcast terms are a bit confusing?
(This post was edited by DSE on Aug 8, 2011, 9:54 AM)
DSE, how do you create a template which has repeating footage? An example: clips are sequential (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9). But you want to start (intro) with the freefall part, then fade to the beginning and continue normally with the rest. Then do freefall portion twice (maybe one in half-speed). And a clip from the freefall under end credits. so the sequence would be: #7, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #7(half speed), #8, #9, #7(half speed). Can it be done and I`m missing something? Or PA templates can automate only sequential clips? I guess you could duplicate and rename a clip, but that would negate card-detection auto loading straight from the cam. I`m not sure If I explained it well...
DSE (D 29060)
Aug 25, 2011, 8:50 AM
Post #10 of 13