Published on Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Commercial visual-effects facility Smoke & Mirrors NY recently put YoYotta's YoYo
workflow management system to work handling the variety of camera formats used
in their projects.
|In mid-2010, the facility opened a new colour grading suite built around a da Vinci Resolve system, and found that they needed an efficient system for creating DPX files for grading. With YoYo, Smoke & Mirrors can now ingest, transcode, conform and output any standard video- or data-based file format without compromising the resources of the grading suite or the colourists.
"Clients were coming in with footage shot on Canon 5D, 7D, or ProRes and we couldn't easily get them into the Resolve," explained Simon Hester, Head Engineer at Smoke & Mirrors NY. "It was a growing problem because we didn't really have a comprehensive way to handle multiple formats."
YoYo is a software-based solution for managing postproduction workflows at a low cost. Originally created to be the conform i/o interface for Pandora colour correctors, YoYo was developed into three modules - YoProject, YoCapture and YoSource. YoProject manages file-based data. YoCapture allows users to ingest video sources, and YoSource is designed for conforming and outputting video masters.
"The main advantage is that you can open almost any file type and convert it immediately. It's easier to use in just one package. Without it, we would have to download different software packages from different camera manufacturers to transcode individual files, and running between different machines," Simon explained.
The company's London facility has also installed a Resolve colour corrector and YoYo alongside the Pandora Psi to run Spirit telecines. "We try to keep our facilities’ equipment compatible," he said. "It's easier for us to fix a problem, and then share knowledge across the Atlantic."
Founded by Creative Director/VFX Artist Sean Broughton of New York and CTO Mark Widig from the UK, Smoke & Mirrors is a New York- and London-based design, animation and VFX studio that handles commercial visual effects and finishing for varied clients, including recent spots for Verizon Wireless, LG, Google and Electrolux, as well as films like Michael Jackson's ‘This is It’, and Spike Lee's recent documentary ‘If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise’. www.smoke-mirrors.com
YoYo runs on Mac OS X and is available from YoYotta or as part of the Pandora Revolution Express colour grading system. www.yoyotta.com