As an editor you probably use plenty of third party software – your NLE simply isn’t enough, and the market of 'tools for tools' is growing. A new article at provideocoalition.com takes a closer look at some of them with the selection called ‘Useful Tools for Editors’. Most of the time, they are developed by small companies, which use their experience to improve the workflow:
The tools in this Useful Tools for Editors edition all come from small developers who seem to have one thing in common. They are users of real post-production tools and they’ve developed these apps to help their own workflow and solve their own problems. They are now sharing these tools with the community. It’s great to see so many of these small, narrow focused tools available and easily distributed. Keep up the good work developers!!
'Useful Tools for Editors' includes various software for FCPX, Premiere Pro or Resolve. The descriptions were taken from developers’ websites – you’ll find links in the software names:
Corporate Avoidance is a free program we designed to unshackle you from your workstation by taking advantage of the necessary evils of life as a post production professional. It works by loading screenshots and animated gifs to make your computer look like it’s busy rendering
Conform Studio is a set of plugins that help you automate and manage your vfx workflow: precompose, batch rename, trim, extract, and replace comps with rendered files.
EditReady allows you to view and edit all of the metadata contained within your file - this may include location data, camera settings, and diagnostic information. You can even use metadata to automatically rename files.
EDL Spy is an application that lets you extract file names from an Edit Decision List, Final Cut XML or any other kind of footage text list (e.g. an Avid Media Summary). It can then search your harddrives for the corresponding files and copy all of them to a new location. EDL Spy also includes tools to index folder contents and to quickly copy or create complex directory structures.
Resolve Collect copies source files used in a DaVinci Resolve project (Media Pool or Timeline) to a single destination using a DaVinci Resolve Project (.drp) file from V9, V10 and V11. When you work with large DaVinci Resolve projects with sources on a lot of different drives you might want to collect them to one destination. Resolve Collect will copy just the files you need, either before you start grading to get them on a fast RAID or after you are done to Backup the project.
Foolcat generates nice camera reports of any folder full of RED, MXF or QuickTime clips in HTML and PDF format. foolcat will summarize total clip count, duration, drop frames, disk space and shows extensive metadatas for each clip along with 3 thumbnails : clip name, date shot, time shot, camera network name, format, pixel size, aspect ratio, camera frame guide, project framerate, clip framerate (varispeed) ... (and much more)
Final Cut Library Manager instantly displays all of the Final Cut Pro X 10.1 libraries that it finds on your Spotlight-indexed drives. You can also add other sources : including disks, Xsan volumes or folders, including those not indexed by spotlight.
trackFinger for After Effects allows you to record the movements of the fingers (up to ten) on the screen of the iPad or the iPhone and then send the tracking data as keyframes to Adobe After Effects to animate the contents of the screen.
For more info, please visit the article at provideocoalition.com or follow the above links for a specific app.