April 12, 2017

Silverstack Lab Does All of Your On-Set Media Management Tasks in One

With the new Silverstack Lab from Pomfort, all of your on-set media management and dailies creation can be completed from one interface.

Pomfort's Silverstack has long been the dominant software for on-set data management, but with the new release of Silverstack Lab, the company has created a one-stop-shop for accomplishing all of your media related tasks in one interface. With Lab, DITs can now not only be confident in their data and color management, but also create dailies both for edit and for client review all on one interface. By including automated timecode syncing, Silverstack Lab should save productions a tremendous amount of time on set, preventing the DIT from being stuck on location an hour after everyone has left waiting on processes to finish.

Of course, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve offers some similar functionality, and it is free, but Resolve has always maintained its focus on post-production and final finishing, and thus doesn't have the dedicated focus on making on-set workflow fast and efficient that Silverstack Lab does. Pomfort also makes the popular DIT software LiveGrade which handles on set grading and LUT management for a variety of monitoring situations, which can be tremendously helpful if you need one LUT going to the client's monitor and another going to the director's monitor, with a clean feed for the DP.  If you want to finish in Resolve, don't worry, color work done in Silverstack doesn't get stuck there. You can get your looks out to Resolve for your final grade with color decision list functionality, or you can export a LUT.

Credit: Pomfort

Silverstack comes in a little pricy at $899/year for a subscription, but it is available for a one month rental for $99, which could be a good fit for a single project where you want the power and functionality without committing to the expense of a full year. Available now with a free 14 day trial at Pomfort.com.

Tech specs:

  • Automatic timecode audio sync
  • Second GPU use for transcoding
  • Dailies in DNxHD MXF (ProRes and H.264 available in all Silverstack versions, not just lab)
  • Burn in and watermarking
  • Multichannel audio support
  • Metadata sidecar file creation

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$899/year?!!!! For what?! Who is paying for that?
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Wanna transcode all your footage?
Oh.... well. Use Adobe Media Encoder which is already part of Premiere. Use "watch folders" to run that process automatically.

Live Grading?
Many monitors offers LUT import. Director can see it while recording.

$899/year LOLMAO
I am getting too old and sick of all those fancy overpriced stuff.

April 12, 2017 at 4:23PM, Edited April 12, 4:24PM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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This is obviously tailored to larger studios for commercial work with short deadlines
For the rest of us doing doing Indy films and smaller projects, this is far from our needs.
Essentially, when you don't have money, you have time. And when you don't have time, you have money.

April 12, 2017 at 5:07PM

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Maybe there is a market for such a tool. But this software has no feature which is worth $899/year. Maybe $199 for a permannt license. But not $899/year.

This tool costs even more than Adobe CC.
This is ridiculous.

April 14, 2017 at 10:09AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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Davinci Resolve has the clone tool which is pretty much the same thing.

April 12, 2017 at 5:56PM

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It really scares me that you think this. I wouldn't touch that "clone tool" with a 10ft pole.

April 12, 2017 at 7:33PM

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Leland Haushalter
IATSE 600 Camera Assistant
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Well If loaders and DITs stopped giving into production over gear rental rates it wouldn't really be much of issue. My smallest loader kit with SilverStack goes out for $150/day minimum. The larger kit even more. Nothing holds a candle to SilverStack.

April 12, 2017 at 7:46PM, Edited April 12, 7:46PM

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Leland Haushalter
IATSE 600 Camera Assistant
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SilverStack is god. SiverStack is life. I'm curious how this is going to play out, considering we're not allowed to handle dailies in most 600 agreements. But its priced for larger shows? Idk. I have never needed anything more than Silverstack vanilla for any Loading job. I haven't even had to break out XT yet.

April 13, 2017 at 3:18PM

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The video said "As the only software available" multiple times, but isn't this more or less the same thing as Catalyst Prepare?

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/catalystprepare

April 14, 2017 at 12:36PM

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