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  • Getting Started with

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    Silverstack SET ARRI Alexa

    Get to know Silverstack SET Edition and learn how to backup, organize and playback movie clips and prepare movie data for post-production steps.

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  • What you need Our software Silverstack SET requires a Mac OS X 10.6 or higher operating system. Since we are using the latest of Mac OS X technologies, we are not planning to support earlier versions of Mac OS X, neither will we port Silverstack to another operating systems in the near future. So to run Silverstack you need an Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher (such as any current Mac available in the MacStore). If your MacBook Pro is equipped with an ExpressCard/34-, CompactFlash- or SD card-slot, you can directly offload clips from any SxS, CompactFlash or SD card as they are used by following cameras: ARRI Alexa (SxS),  RED and AJA Ki Pro  (CompactFlash), Canon EOS C300, Canon EOS DSLRs , Nikon DSLRs and GoPro (SD Card). Otherwise you need a suitable card reader.

    Supported formats by Silverstack SET:

    ProRes Quicktime files from the ARRI Alexa, AJA Ki Pro and Atomos Ninja & Samurai RED R3D H.264 MOV Canon C300 MXF MPEG-4 AVC/ AVC-IntraTM       Note: For a realtime playback of your offloaded video files the usage of a fast hard drive as a SSD card is recommended.

    If you have further question about supported hardware please let us know. If you would like to know more about data performance. You might be interested in this article for improving your performance.

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  • Create secure backups, organize and play back your movie clips

    The Silverstack SET clip management and backup process

    Silverstack SET offers secure and reliable data backup of movie files directly on the film set. The source media coming from the camera is your most valuable asset in the movie production process, so it is crucial to have a managed and secure backup and perform quality check and movie data preparation for post-production as soon as possible after shooting.

    Silverstack SET is your digital library. It allows you to organize, search and filter your media, clips and metadata. Silverstack extracts and stores all metadata embedded in clips such as timecodes, color information, etc. and makes them available for offline use.

    Silverstack SET allows you to perform multiple, verified copies at once. It remembers all copy and backup activities, so that you have a complete overview of your production's source clips.

    Silverstack SET lets you transfer all relevant information such as camera metadata, comments, captions, cue points and markers and scene/shot and take names to Final Cut Pro and REDCINE-X. Thus all your annotations and quality check information find their way into your existing post-production workflow.

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  • The Silverstack SET interface User Interface Overview

    1  Video Preview

    2  Library Panel

    3  Info Display: it provides the most important information of the selected clip and cannot be edited.

    4  Switch between Library panel, Information panel and Alexa Looks. The Alexa Looks tab is only available if you have purchased the respective Add On.

    5  Switch view modes: summary view, table view, collection view, playback view

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  • Table view (figure 2 #1): useful for sorting and grouping clips by certain criteria. It is also a great way to get an overview of the various metadata of a set of clips. Some of the fields are editable and you can jump from field to field by pressing the TAB key.

    Collection view (figure 2 #2): it gives you a visual overview over the clips in your library.

    6  Action wizards: Offload, Transfer, Export, Copy, Add

    7  Switch between Browsing and Grading view.

    Browse: an ordinary browsing view Grade: the view for grading your clips. It provides you a coloring panel at the bottom of the Silverstack SET window. These options are only available with the Alexa Looks-Add On.

    8  Visual Control Functionalities

    figure 3: visual controls in Silverstack SET

    With the functionalities provided within the “Visual Controls” panel (figure 3) you can check the colors and quality of your video clip:

    Channels: By selecting one of the three RGB-channels (figure 3 #1) Silverstack SET shows the distribution of this color in the image of the video clip.

    Focus Assist: The focus assist helps you to detect if your image is in focus by  detecting the edges of the image. You can set the sensitivity. Clipping: With the clipping functionality (figure 3 #3) you can check which areas of your image clip either in the whites or blacks. Exposure Range: This option (figure 3#4) allows you to detect different ranged areas of luminance in your image. False Color: You can use this option (figure 3 #5) and active false color Note: You can change the unit for clipping and range in the application preferences.

    9  Silverstack SET’s search field

    10  Video Preview playback controls

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  • The Silverstack SET playback controls allow you to control the video preview with standard video controls (figure 4 #1) and the possibility to set IN- and OUT-points (#2) as well as to loop the video and zoom into it (#3).

    figure 4: playback controls for any ALEXA and most of other video files.

    figure 5: playback controls for any Red video file

    For video files in the Red format you have additional functionality to change the playback resolution (figure 5 #1): You can select various resolutions, choosing between full, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8.

     

    Collection View – Icon explanations figure 6: Videoclip icon

    1  Indicates the number of connected storage devices concerning this clip’s storage locations.

    2  The number of this clip’s file storage locations.

    3  The number of duplicates of this clip in the respective bin/ camera roll.

    4  Indicates that this clip is marked with a flag and can be searched and filtered for this criterion.

    5  This icon tells you that this is the source version of the clip. If there is a little color circle in the place of the yellow cube it indicates that this version has been color graded.

    6  The color shows the chosen label if there is a label set.

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  • Import and backup media with Silverstack Backing up movie data from one or several camera or field recorder devices requires the following steps:

    1. Open Silverstack SET.

    2. Attach the camera storage cards or drives to your computer.

    3. Click on the “Offload” button in the activity bar at the bottom left of the Silverstack SET window and choose the attached camera device.

    4. Select the files you want to copy / backup. Choose the destination folders where the multiple copies should be transferred to.

    5. To start the copy, click on the “Backup clips” button. In case you want to register your clips in the Silverstack SET library without copying them onto any device, simply mark the “Skip” button in the lower left corner of the offloading wizard. Now the copy process  should start and can be reviewed in the “Jobs” panel. Colored badges (figure 1 #1) indicate the progress of the copies.

    figure 1: “Jobs” panel and information about copying progress

    Don’t quit the application during the copy process, as this will execute and kill the copy task. In addition to importing clips from camera devices, you also can import clips from internal or external hard drives and other storage media as well as attached network drives. Make sure that these files were created with one of the supported cameras or field records. Other files – even if they exhibit the correct file format – may not be recognized!

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  • Transfering Metadata to Final Cut Pro X For the transfer of metadata via Final Cut Pro XML files (.fcpxml) the clip metadata is mapped accordingly and depending on the user-defined options as you can see in figure 1.

    figure 1: “Transfer”-wizard for Final Cut Pro X

    Content (figure 1 #1)

    • Scene, shot and take name can be added to the name of the clip in Final Cut Pro X

    • Various color information can also be transmitted. Properties as camera index, whitepoint, colorspace, lookname, ASA and label from Silverstack SET are mapped to keywords in Final Cut Pro X

    • Single-frame cue points from Silverstack SET are mapped to markers