Assimilate has released DIT Pack, a product bundle that includes Assimilate’s Scratch dailies software and Live Looks for live grading single- and multi-cam setups. The DIT Pack enables a seamless workflow that combines advanced live grading with dailies transcoding, and via live-streaming pushes material out to remote and studio clients while capturing all camera metadata along the way.
The workflow starts with Live Looks for live-grading content from any number of cameras in real time and even adding advanced effects like greenscreen background replacement and texture effects. When saving a grade, all the metadata (either input by the user or delivered via the live SDI signal from all cameras) will also be saved as a readable text doc and an XML that is suited for further pipeline scripting in VFX/post. All grades and metadata are stored in a folder structure that can simply be delivered to VFX/post.
In Scratch, all camera material is loaded, and the looks and metadata are matched and merged from the Live Looks folder structure, along with automated syncing of audio. All these tasks are automated and require little user interaction. Scratch will output in these formats: offline DNX or Apple ProRes material, including all metadata for offline editing; high-quality EXR VFX plates, including frame-based lens information and camera metadata, and lightweight h264/h265 rushes for online review.
Users can either consolidate all look and metadata files into a folder per day, or copy the look and metadata next to each source-media file, thereby easily linking in any other DI software. Producers and post supervisors receive an extensive clip report listing all relevant production information, and assistant editors are provided with an ALE that contains all clip metadata, including dynamic CDL information, to use in the target NLE.
At the live-grading stage, Live Looks provides a local web interface for clients on or near set to browse grades, before-and-after snapshots and metadata via WiFi during the shoot. At the same time, Live Looks allows streaming of all camera feeds through either an RTMP stream or via NDI directly into Zoom, Skype, SetStream.io or any other NDI-compatible software. At the dailies stage, Scratch separately outputs through RTMP and NDI for in-depth remote QC of all footage. After transcoding, Scratch allows for automatically publishing footage to the Assimilate Dailies Online web portal or the Copra dailies platform via direct script integration.
Available for MacOS and Windows, Assimilate’s DIT Pack costs $1,399 for a permanent license, $799 annually and $99 monthly. Existing users of Scratch and Live Looks can easily upgrade to the new offering.