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Flix for Editorial

Flix allows for roundtripping with your editorial department, so an editor can make timing changes, rearrange shots, add markers and audio to the sequence. Editors may also want to drop in placeholder cards on the timeline for any additional shots that are required. All these changes to the sequence can be imported back to Flix and will appear as a new Revision.

Publishing a Sequence to Editorial

1.   To set your publish location, navigate to File > Preferences > General and enter the Publish Directory path or click Browse and then select a folder. For example, C:\My Show\Exports\Previs.
2.   On the main toolbar of your Revision, click the Publish to editorial button.

The Publish to Editorial dialog appears.

3.   Specify if you want to generate a Contact Sheet of the frames in your Revision. This is saved as .pdf file.
4.   Enter a Comment if needed.
5.   Click Publish.
6.   This opens the directory where your .pdf and .xml files have been published.

<filename>_all.xml - 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 - 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 gives you the option to open the directory of your last publish.

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.

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

Sending a Sequence Revision back to Flix from Editorial

Exporting Your Sequence Revision from Adobe Premiere

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

To create the .xml:

1.   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.
5.   Click Export.

Article:  Have a look at this Using Premiere Markers in Flix Knowledge Base article for more information on how markers are used in Flix.

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.   Browse to your .xml and .mov files to enter the Movie Path and XML Path.

Note:  You can select both files at the same time in your file browser.

4.   Select the Effects from the dropdown menu:

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

Hold Middle Frame - (Faster) - Flix renders only one 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. Watch the reference QuickTime movie from Editorial to see the full effect. The reference movie contains all the panels created when publishing back from Editorial.

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

5.   Enter some Comments if required and click Import.

The import details appear in the Import History, Last Import Summary, and Import Logs tabs 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.