Flix for Editorial

Flix allows for roundtripping with your editorial department. This means an editor can make timing changes, rearrange shots, add camera moves and audio to the Flix sequence, as well as adding in external media such as Adobe After Effects compositions or a Maya playblast. All these changes to the sequence can then be imported back to Flix and will appear as a new Revision.

Setting up Flix with Adobe Premiere

1.   Make sure Premiere is your default Editorial Tool. For more information, see Third-Party Apps in the Preferences page.
2.   In the General tab, go to the Editorial Tool dropdown menu and select Adobe Premiere.
3.   Enter the Publish Directory path or click Browse and then select a folder. For example, T:\flix_publishes[show_tracking_code][sequence_tracking_code].

Note:  Make sure you have write permission to the publish directory. Contact your Systems Administrator for more information.

Tip:  Environment variables can be used to construct publish and export paths. For example, %USERPROFILE% on Windows and ${HOME} on macOS.

4.   In the Adobe Premiere tab, set your preferences for exporting .xml files to Premiere. See the table below for details.
Adobe Premiere
Marker Type Choose whether Flix sends Timeline or Clip markers to Premiere.

Clip markers apply to a whole clip within a sequence and appear at the beginning of the clip.

Timeline markers apply to a particular timestamp in the sequence and appear on the timeline.

Highlight New Panels Sets whether new panels appear as highlighted clips in your Premiere sequence.

Setting up Flix with Avid Media Composer

1.   Make sure Media Composer is your default Editorial Tool. For more information, see Third-Party Apps in the Preferences page.
2.   In the General tab, go to the Editorial Tool dropdown menu and select Avid Media Composer.
3.   Enter the Publish Directory path or click Browse and then select a folder. For example, T:\flix_publishes[show_tracking_code][sequence_tracking_code].

Note:  Make sure you have write permission to the publish directory. Contact your Systems Administrator for more information.

Tip:  Environment variables can be used to construct publish and export paths. For example, %USERPROFILE% on Windows and ${HOME} on macOS.

4.   In the Avid Media Composer tab, set your preferences for exporting .aaf files to Media Composer. See the table below for details.
Avid Media Composer
Avid Clip Name Specifies the naming convention of the embedded clips in AAFs exported for Media Composer.

Note:  The chips located under the Avid Clip Name preference show what information type you can include in the filename format. Click a chip to add it to your filename convention.

Codec Specifies the type of Avid video codec used for exporting to Media Composer. Choose between DNxHD 36 for smaller file size and DNxHD 115 for higher bitrate, larger files.
Clip Duration Specifies the default duration for clips sent to Media Composer in frames. (For example, 480 frames or 20 seconds for a 24fps show).
Use Flix Timing Toggle ON to send every panel as a clip retaining its duration set within Flix. This is useful to retain the timing established by a recorded pitch.
Enable Mark In Toggle ON to include a Mark In point on each clip.
Mark In Sets the frame on which to set the Mark In point. The default is 120 (5s in for a 24 fps show).
Enable Mark Out Toggle ON to include a Mark Out point on each clip.
Mark Out Frame on which to set the Mark Out point. The default is 360 (15s in for a 24fps show).

Warning:  Setting your Mark Out point to a value lower than the Mark In point may create an unreadable AAF.

Send Animated Panels As Stills

When enabled, a still is sent to Avid instead of a movie file, resulting in a faster publish.

Note:  This does not apply to animated panels originating from Storyboard Pro, which are always sent as stills so editors have control over keyframes.

New Clip Color Sets the color of new clips in your sequence.
Color Range

Sets either Full or Legal range color for publishes to Avid.

Note:  The default color range is set to Full.

Publishing a Sequence to Editorial

The following steps apply to both Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Composer. Publishing to Premiere creates .xml files and publishing to Media Composer creates .aaf files.

1.   On the main toolbar of your Revision, click the Publish to Editorial button.

The Publish to Editorial dialog appears.

Note:  If you attempt to publish to a directory for which you do not have sufficient permissions, a warning appears. You will need to ask a Systems Administrator to ensure the permissions on the publish directory to allow you to publish.

2.   Specify if you want to generate a Contact Sheet of the panels in your Revision by checking on Generate Contact Sheet. This is saved as a .pdf file.
3.   Specify if you want to generate a text file of the dialogue in your Revision by checking on Generate Dialogue File. This is saved as a .txt file.
4.   Enter a Comment if needed. This appears in the email notification.
5.   Click Publish.

The directory to which your .pdf and .xml/.aaf files have been published opens.

<filename>_all.xml/.aaf - This file contains the panel information of your entire sequence as well as any new or existing audio.

<filename>_new.pdf - This file (Contact Sheet) contains the panel thumbnails of your entire sequence with New labels on panels that have been added or edited since the last publish. The Contact Sheet also contains dialogue. This is only created if you enabled Generate Contact Sheet.

<filename>_new.xml/.aaf - This file contains only information and audio of panels that have been added or edited since the last publish.

Note:  If no new changes have been made to the sequence revision, clicking the Publish to Editorial button opens the directory to which your files have been published. If files are missing from the publish directory, Flix automatically downloads them from the server and stores them in the publish directory.

Note:  If a Publish fails, it may be because Flix Server needs access to a font. Check Running Flix Server for more information.

Filtering a Sequence by Published/Unpublished Panels

To check which panels have previously been included or excluded from publishes to editorial:

1.   Click on the Filter button in the Panel Browser.
2.   Either:

Check the Published option to see only panels that have been included in a previous publish to editorial.

OR

Check the Unpublished option to see only panels that have not been published to editorial previously.

Importing Your Sequence to Adobe Premiere

1.   Open an existing project or create a new one.
2.   Drag the .xml file into your project window.

A sequence is automatically created using the imported clips. Any new panels are highlighted in your sequence if you have set the Highlight New Panels preference in Preferences > Third Party Apps > Adobe Premiere.

Note:  Recorded pitches embed shot duration metadata in the .xml file, so panels appear in the sequence with their recorded timings.

Note:  Animated panels originating from Storyboard Pro are sent to Premiere with the keyframe information intact, so they can be adjusted further in Premiere's effect editor.

Importing Your Sequence to Avid Media Composer

1.   Open an existing project or create a new one.

Note:  If you're creating a new project, make sure your media creation settings match the AAF export setting in Flix. For example, DNxHD 36.

2.   Drag either the all.aaf or the new.aaf file into a bin.

If you choose the all.aaf, every panel is in the generated sequence. If you choose the new.aaf file, only new Flix panels will appear in your bin. New clips are highlighted (green is the default color but you can change this in Flix Preferences) and a sequence is automatically created using the imported clips.

Note:  AAFs generated by Flix only contain new media. This is to avoid duplicate media files from previously imported AAFs. If you import an all.aaf of a sequence you have worked on previously, Media Composer displays an alert saying some of the embedded media failed to import. This is expected and only the new panels appear in your bin. The other clips appear as offline media which can be relinked using Media Composer's relink tool.

Tip:  When importing a AAF from Flix, you can determine where new panels belong in an existing edit by using the Flix Sort and Flix Sort per Revision column options in your bin.

Importing Your Dialogue File as Captions in Avid Media Composer

Once you have exported your dialogue out of Flix as a .txt file, you can import that file to Avid as captions.

Tip:  You can export your dialogue from your Flix revisions by using either Publish to Editorial, or the Export from Flix button.

To import caption data in Avid:

1.   Create a new Video Track.
2.   Open the Effect Palette and click the Filters tab, then search for SubCap (Generator).
3.   Drag the SubCap (Generator) onto your new video track.
4.   OpenToolsEffect Editor.
5.   Under Caption Files, click Import Caption Data.

A file browser appears for you to select your caption data.

6.   Use the file browser to select your exported dialogue file and click Open.

A clip is created on your video track for each dialogue item which can then be edited independently from panels in your edit.

Sending a Sequence Revision back to Flix from Editorial

Exporting Your Sequence Revision from Adobe Premiere

Flix requires both a .xml file and a .mov reference movie file to update your Sequence with a new Revision incorporating the changes made by editorial.

To create the .xml:

1.   Select your sequence and click File > Export > Final Cut Pro XML.
2.   Choose a location to save your file.
3.   Click Save.

To create the .mov:

1.   Click File > Export > Media.
2.   Select a codec that uses QuickTime, such as Apple ProRes.

Warning:  Check that the framerate and aspect ratio of your export matches those of your Show in Flix, otherwise your sequence will not be imported.

3.   Choose a location to save your file.
4.   Click Save, then Export.

Note:  Markers created in Adobe Premiere display in the Flix panel browser at the beginning of the corresponding shot.

Exporting Your Sequence Revision from Avid Media Composer

To export an AAF of your edit back to Flix:

1.   Right-click on your sequence and select Output > Export to File or right-click on the Sequence Viewer and select Export...

A Save dialog opens.

2.   Click Options to open the Export Settings window.

Set the Video/Data Details first.

The Audio Details tab controls how audio is exported from Avid. Audio can severely impact the file size of AAFs exported from Avid to Flix.

You can:

Disable Add Audio Mixdown (recommended) - manually mixdown the audio before export to AAF.

Note:  We recommend manually mixing down audio in Avid before exporting the AAF back to Flix. See the Audio Mixdown in Avid Knowledge Base article (Q100581) for more information.

OR

Enable Add Audio Mixdown - use Avid to mixdown the audio automatically before export to AAF.

Warning:  Enabling Add Audio Mixdown includes all the source media for all audio clips in the edit, which can result in long processing times.

3.   Click Save to finalize the video and audio export settings.
4.   Choose a location to save your file and click Save.

Note:  Markers created in Avid Media Composer display in the Flix panel browser at the beginning of the corresponding shot.

Updating your Sequence in Flix

1.   In the breadcrumb, click Sequence.

This takes you to the Revisions level.

2.   Click the Editorial button.

This opens the Editorial Interface.

3.   If you're using Adobe Premiere:

Browse to your .xml and .mov files to populate the Movie Path and XML Path. You can select both files at the same time in your file browser.

If using Avid Media Composer:

Browse to your .aaf file to enter the AAF Path.

4.   Select the Effects from the dropdown menu:

Ignore Effects - (Fastest) - Flix reconforms the entire sequence without any effects.

Hold First Frame - (Faster) - Flix renders only the first frame per panel and holds it for the duration of the clip. This renders faster, however the actual full effect in Flix cannot be seen, for instance, a camera move. If importing from Premiere, you can watch the reference QuickTime movie from Editorial to see the full effect.

Render All Frames - Flix renders every single frame. This is slower to render but more accurate since the full animation can be seen.

5.   Enter a Comment if required and click Import. The comment appears on the sequence revision in the Revisions list.

The import details appear in the Import Logs so you can check what's changed on a panel by panel basis.

6.   Go to the Revisions level to open the newly-imported sequence revision.