SIM Digital Helps CTV’s “Spun Out” Shift into High Gear
August 7, 2013
Production and post-production technology specialist creates an innovative, file-based workflow for new multi-camera sitcom.
LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2013 - Sim Digital, recently provided production and post-production equipment, services and support for the debut season of Spun Out, a new multi-camera sit-com from CTV and Project 10 Productions. SIM designed and built a complete file-based workflow for the show that extended from the cameras through final delivery and included such innovative features as real-time delivery of full-resolution camera media from the set to the editorial team.
Spun Out is CTV’s first live multi-camera show to be produced with a complete file-based workflow. SIM Digital designed a multi-camera system consisting of four Sony F900R cameras that fed a pair of Cinedeck digital disk recorders housed in a custom-built flight pack that became the show’s master control room. Camera media captured by the Cinedecks was recorded in real-time to Avid ISIS shared storage system employed by the show’s editorial team (located in a cutting room adjacent to the control room) and to G-Raid drives for back-up.
A third Cinedeck recorder was employed to produce show dailies. Feeds from the four cameras were recorded in quad-split display and made accessible to the production team as iPad-compatible files through a web-based dailies application service. “The director and producers could view their dailies almost as soon as the shoot day was over,” French says.
“This newer technology made it quick and easy to reposition the four studio cameras between sets during the taping of the live show,” Clarke explains.
The workflow was fast, efficient and resulted in significant cost savings by eliminating the need to copy and transcode camera media. “It was a complex workflow with tons of cable and equipment,” notes Project 10 Producer Colin Brunton, “but the whole production went very smoothly with barely a glitch. The SIM team was very dedicated and passionate about making it work.”
SIM affiliate PS Production Services provided lighting and grip equipment for the show, including specialized sound booms called “prams” used to rapidly move microphones over the performing talent without obstructing the view of the studio audience.
Post production work is currently ongoing at SIM via their post-production division, Bling Digital in Toronto. Bling is facilitating the online edit, final color grading and finishing. Based on reaction to the show’s pilot, hopes are high for Spun Out. “It’s a big show for us and it was great to work with SIM and its partners on a project of this scale,” says Brunton. “We all believe that this show is going to be a hit…one that will go on for years.”
About SIM Digital
With offices across the USA, Canada and China, SIM Digital is a world-class rental facility specializing in digital production equipment and workflow services. SIM offers one of the largest and most diverse inventories of the latest digital cinematography tools from top manufacturers including ARRI, Sony, RED, Panasonic, Canon, Fujinon, Angenieux, Zeiss, Cooke. In tandem with its innovative Bling Digital division, the company offers the industry's most comprehensive workflow solutions for feature and television production, encompassing cameras, data, dailies, offline editorial, finishing and archiving. For more information, visit simdigital.com