The Cargo Cult Conformalizer Plug-in
Conformalizer is an audio post production tool which allows sound editors to automatically conform and rebalance audio data to match a changed picture cut. It works by comparing picture EDLs, XML, cutlists or change notes and creating a new "change EDL" which reflects the difference between two versions of the picture. Conformalizer can then automatically conform your Pro Tools sessions, databases and mix automation to match the new version of the cut.
Reconform sessions, databases, FX lists, consoles
Nothing in your world need ever be out of sync. Conformalizer can reconform Pro Tools sessions, ADR databases, Sound FX lists, spotting notes, console automation and pretty much anything which uses timecode or feet+frames.
Projects of any size can function more smoothly when you know your spotted lists can be kept up to date easily, but on really large, multi-film projects you'd be a masochist not to use Conformalizer's database conform features.
Massively flexible reconform workflow
The EDL style reconform is more reliable, more accurate and massively more flexible than the old "change note".
Conformalizer can compare any version of any reel against any other - any time you need it. You can jump versions, rebalance between reels, reinstate old scenes, create cutdowns or trailers, even conform back to older versions.
And it's all non-destructive - always leaving your work in it's original form if you ever need it again.
Not reliant on pix dept. change notes
A carefully hand crafted, perfectly accurate change note for every cut update is what you deserve - but you're not going to get it. And you're definitely not going to get a note for r3v10 to r3v16 at 2am on Sunday morning.
With an EDL accompanying every picture handover you'll always be able to create a change list for any two versions, without making a call to the picture dept. You'll get it when you need it and you'll know it's right.
Tracks VFX shots as they evolve
Conformalizer intelligently matches VFX shots as they evolve, so you never lose track of a shot simply because the lighting has changed. Even better, you can see exactly which shots are VFX updates and compare them visually to see for yourself what has changed. There's even a 'difference' window which subtracts one movie from the other, showing very clearly the exact changes in the updated shot.
Reveals VFX changes visually against the pictures
The Movie Difference window is an incredibly powerful feature and is unique to Conformalizer. It effectively 'phase cancels' the old picture with the new, resulting in a wonderfully clear, obvious display of the difference between them. If a digital creature has slipped 1 frame against the live action you'll know immediately. If an extra bat has been added to the background you won't miss it. You can even choose to ignore subtler changes such as grading or lighting tweaks. In combination with the VFX tracing facilities you have a super powerful and reliable way of managing CGI heavy films.
Powerful list editing tools
No EDL is a perfect representation of the movie and the picture department isn't always as consistent as we might like. So occasionally the comparison between old and new cuts misses a shot, or perhaps a shot is replaced in a way that doesn't really affect you. Fear not, Conformalizer offers a whole raft of list editing features, from handle-extending to creating entirely new matches or offsetting timecode by arbitrary amounts. And everything is done with the actual picture files loaded and following in sync.
Exports change notes if required
For those who really can't shake the manual conform habit we've included a basic change-note export feature. We still think the absolute (copy/paste) reconform method is more powerful and far more flexible, and we recommend anyone using the change-note to at least try the new workflow.
There are also still a few 3rd party platforms which require insert/delete change lists so we'll continue to support this format for a while yet.
Custom conforms for System5 eMix and TC6000
Gone are the days of final mixing after the picture has locked. And while we move steadily into the box for our editing and mixing there's no reason we should be hobbled but a recut simply because we're mixing outside the box.
The Euphonix System 5 is a hugely popular large format console in the post production world so we went to great lengths to create an equally fast and reliable reconform workflow for the mix stage. Conformalizer exports System 5 '.cfm' files which can be imported directly into the eMix application, thereby saving a lot of manual data entry, reducing human error and harnessing all the flexibility of Conformalizer generated change lists.
The TC6000 reverb units are also very popular with mix facilities, partly because of their automatable scene recall. Fortunately for us, their automation is stored in an easily accessible file which Conformalizer can reconform just like any other automation in Pro Tools.
Powerful search features for locating old shots
If you've ever had a scene removed from the cut only to reappear much later you'll appreciate this feature. By selecting a range of shots and setting off a search you can very quickly identify any older reel which contained the scene and even see the duration and number of shots that were matched. With a single button click you can have that EDL loaded up and ready to compare against your current cut - or any other for that matter.