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SCRATCH 101: Finishing



Course Cost: $995

Are you an independent feature film-maker who needs a comprehensive, end-to-end post-production DI workflow with uncompromising quality? Or are you a colorist who needs a conform and color-grading tool ideal for the unique requirements of episodic broadcast? SCRATCH is so flexible and comprehensive it is the ideal tool for both specific needs.

Our two-day hands-on workshop, SCRATCH: Finishing introduces students to this powerful finishing toolset.

DAY 1:

1. Start
a. Intro Screen
b. User Preferences
c. Project setup
d. Media paths
e. Log files
f.  Licensing

2. CONstruct View overview
a. General Layout
b. CONstruct explanation
c. CONstruct grouping and editing
d. Swiping for tools (left-groups, Up display, etc)
e. CONstruct management (Moving, renaming, editing)
f.  Construct view, Output View
g. Settings and tools

3. Media

a. Loading media by shot
b. Loading media by layer
c. Media Browser
d. Entering the player

4. Player
a. Player Overview
b. Process Overview
c. Edit overview
d. Matrix Overview

5.  Output
a. Overview Output tab
b. Adding additional outputs
c. Adding plug-ins like burn-ins
d. saving naming masks
e. saving file tree setups

LAB Dailies Workflow
1. Load Media and Create Constructs
a. Create dailies groups and constructs
b. Load footage
c. Sort based on timecode.
d. Reformat using fit width on all frames.

2. Sync Audio and Edit

a. Open media browser and marry audio
b. Sync audio with clap
c. NEW FEATURE, Verify Scene and Take in MetaData  via BWF
d. Find new in point and trim heads
e. Find new out point and trim tails.

3. Color grade and verify color range with scopes

a. Open scopes
b. Apply lookup and CDL / LUT Data according to camera report
c. Apply one light color grade

4. Create output(s)
a. Build output tree
b. Create burn-ins
c. Export QT
d. Export MXF

5. Process que and rendering
a. Add construct to process que
b. Verify rendering

DAY 2:

C&D: Scratch Finishing Workflow

The Conform:

  • Importing edl/xml/ale
  • Media browser
  • Conforming against an offline edit in dual view
  • The editor - cuts, dissolves, varispeed

Primary and Secondary Grading

  • Scaffolds
  • The qualifier - keying
  • The canvas - mattes, masks

Advanced Grading Using Scaffolds

  • Compositing - alpha channels, transfer modes
  • Using the tracker
  • Importing a track

Our two-day workshops run from 10am - 6pm. Course cost is $995. This class is located under the "Two-Day" or "Weekend" drop-down menu on our registration page.  These classes are custom only.  Please email jason@mewshop.com for more information. 

Assimilate and The Studio-B&H are proud to offer a permanent SCRATCH license (Mac or Windows) to any Manhattan Edit Workshop SCRATCH course attendee for the one-time special promotional price of $995. Offer starts on April 5, 2016, 12:00 AM ET and will run through May 15, 2016 11:59 PM ET. Please contact us via email at thestudio@bhphoto.com to submit your request. You must have completed the course to be eligible. Proof of course completion is required. Offer not valid in the store.





About the Instructor: Cairo-born and Queens, New York - based, Instructor Sherif Sadek has been making shorts since 1999. After graduating with a B.F.A. in Film/Video/Animation from Rochester Institute of Technology, he returned to his native Egypt to work on a documentary film about the nomadic Arab/African tribe of the Bisharin.

In late 2001, Sherif returned to New York, working on documentaries on Arab-Americans in post-9/11 America, the Iraq War, and Latin gangs in Los Angeles.  Sherif has also shot and edited a few narrative shorts, including a fiction, silent black-and-white film, and a documentary about taxi drivers in Cairo.


In the post-production scene, Sherif has worked at Technicolor Creative Services, PostWorks NY (when they were separate companies), Assimilate Inc., Nutmeg Post, and is now a DI Engineer at Post Factory NY.


Cost: $995

Certification cost: NA