I have recently had to conform quite a bit of audio for a tv series.
Most of you will be aware that Nuendo does not (yet) offer a dedicated function for relinking audio tracks from field recorders to the session. It is however perfectly possible to achieve this with the Nuendo reconform window.
I thought I’d share my way of working with you, maybe this helps.
- Import the video and the AAF into a 24hrs timeline.
- Copy all the production audio of a scene you want to conform into the session. Use the scene number and just drag all the files form the finder to a black track. When Nuendo asks if it should use different tracks answer ONE TRACK. In the next dialog ask Nuendo to SPLIT multi-channel files and select a numbered naming scheme. Nuendo will now copy all the media into the pool.
- When copying is finished (and all imported files are still selected) execute the move to origin command. Nuendo will put all the files to their TC of birth
- Bring up the reconform window. Load the audio EDL that the cutter has provided to the change edl (lower part of the) window. Make sure that the EDL is CMX 3600 and has NO ADDITIONAL information (like fades). This is important, since Nuendo will otherwise hiccup and not work correctly. If you have a copy of Media Composer at hand you can clean up your EDL with the list tool.
- In the Reconform settings restrict reconform to the selected track.
- Hit start reconform and watch Nuendo do it’s magic.
- Voila! Your scene audio is now conformed. You will have all tracks of audio on top of each other. By right clicking the regions you will be able to select different takes by number and bring them to front.
All the audio from different tracks will be on one Nuendo track. Would be nice to be able filter a track from the edl to conform in Nuendo.
Nuendo does not support naming by field recorder metadata, so you will not be able to show character of microphone names from the field recorder.
Nuendo will most certainly find matching timecode from other scenes/days of production that might end up in the wrong place. You will need to delete that from the session and work through the program scene by scene.
Apart from that I actually prefer this to the field recorder workflow from ProTools that is so seriously screwed up in version 11 that you will need to delete your volume database everytime you want to conform a scene to get a half decent result.
We all know this is unfortunately still far from perfect, but I guess you will always need some sort of manual work with this kind of workflow. I guess that we will see some improvement in the future but until then I hope it helps.
Does anybody know of a cheaper tool to clean up EDLs from fades and other info? I have used MediaComposer’s List Tool for that, but that’s a big weapon for a small task…