Local Review Methods

It sounds obvious, but if you need the maximum communication while you work, with minimum preparation and the highest-quality playback, there’s no substitute for having your client in the room with you.

Review locally for quality control

It’s especially important to have the client with you if you’re performing finishing tasks such as color correction or audio mixing where quality control is essential. During the finishing process, it’s critical for your client to be looking at the same monitor and listening to the same speakers, in the same environment, that you are. Otherwise, you risk getting feedback that has more to do with the quality and calibration of the client’s remote equipment than it does with your actual adjustments.

Even if you’re routinely delivering copies of your program to a client for remote viewing, it’s a good idea to arrange for at least one face-to-face review session of the entire program at your suite, to make sure that all video and audio adjustments are definitively approved.

Review via Final Cut Server

If you’re in a facility that uses Final Cut Server to manage the various assets of your program, you can use the Review and Approve feature of Final Cut Server to notify reviewers of the availability of a program on the server. You can then track the status of the review as the program is checked out and in from different suites of a multiple-room facility. Final Cut Server is also capable of keeping a record of all editorial feedback from every invited viewer. For more information, see the Final Cut Server documentation.