Basic Film Workflow Steps

This section details a Cinema Tools database workflow for working with film. See Film Workflow Examples for possible scenarios. See How Much Can Be Done from Final Cut Pro? for information about which steps can be done directly in Final Cut Pro.

The typical Cinema Tools film workflow is outlined below.

  1. Stage 1: Creating the Cinema Tools Database

    The heart of Cinema Tools is its database, where the relationships between the elements of your movie (the film, video, and audio) are established and tracked. Although there is no actual requirement that the database be created prior to editing, it can provide some useful tools to help with capturing clips and planning the edit.

    See Creating the Cinema Tools Database for more information.

  2. Stage 2: Capturing the Source Clips with Final Cut Pro

    You must capture the video and audio on your editing computer. How you do this depends in large part on the actual media used for the telecine transfer.

    See Capturing the Source Clips with Final Cut Pro for more information.

  3. Stage 3: Connecting the Clips to the Database

    Once you have captured the source clips, you can connect them to the Cinema Tools database (also known as linking the clips to the database). Connecting a clip to the database gives Cinema Tools the ability to access a record’s clip while creating the cut list, reducing the chance of timecode entry problems.

    When creating a cut list, Cinema Tools starts by looking at the clip pathname used in the edit and matching it back to the database. Being able to work with the clip file in this way reduces the chances of a timecode error, which can cause inaccurate records in the cut list. This is especially important when editing at 24 fps. See How Cinema Tools Creates Film Lists and Connecting Source Clips to the Database for more information.

  4. Stage 4: Preparing the Clips for Editing

    Cinema Tools has two powerful features that can be used on your clips prior to editing them: the Reverse Telecine feature and the Conform feature.

    See Preparing the Clips for Editing for more information.

  5. Stage 5: Editing the Clips in Final Cut Pro

    You edit the clips in Final Cut Pro much as you would for any video project, but there are a few important things to keep in mind. See Editing with Final Cut Pro for descriptions of these considerations.

  6. Stage 6: Creating Cut Lists and Other Lists with Cinema Tools

    Once you have edited your clips and are satisfied with your digitally edited project, you are ready to generate film-related lists that describe how to cut the negative or workprint. The cut list provides a list of the edits and of titling information.

    See Creating Cut Lists and Other Lists with Cinema Tools for more information.