Recently i got my hands an application that could possibly be a wonderful little gem. The professionals over at reTooled have come up a with a great application to solve some of the issues we editors have with relinking, re-conforming footage. Introducing their latest new tool reLink reTooled.
reLink reTooled allows you to relink your clips without having to worry about clip names, or duration. If any of you have done any online editing, you know this can be a real timesaver. Especially when clips return from the colorist, it can be very time consuming to relink or re-conform all the footage on a feature length film.
- Uses industry standard XML allowing interchange between some of the most common editorial and color correction tools.
- Compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro 7 (and earlier) & Adobe Premiere Pro.
- Relinks based only on the material used in your timeline.
- Doesn’t need clip duration to match to relink the material. Allowing for easy offline/online workflows.
- Allows for two different sets of relinking criteria to account for different types of source material.
- Use the QuickTime codec of your choice for your final online media.
- Compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.6 and later. MaxOSX version will be out first.
- Can relink based on any combination of the following metadata properties:
- Frame Rate
- File Name – Full Match or Partial Matches
- Tape / Reel Name – Full Match or Partial Matches
The application is fully functional with Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premier Pro. ( I have not used this with Adobe Cloud). reLink reTooled allows you to conform all the footage by using a standard XML of your offline edit. In just a few steps you can relink all your offline sequence with your online footage. Simply export your XML from you FCP or Adobe, and then import the XML into reLink reTooled. The application will immediately see all the clips in your sequence. All that is needed next is to select where the new footage is coming from. You also have the option to select timecodes, frame rates, or even file names.
Once you have all your media selected, it’s simply a matter of saving a new XML from reLink reTooled and import that one into Premier Pro or FCP7. Since reLink reTooled uses the industry standard XML, it will support just about anything FCP7 or Adobe Premier Pro does. In this case I was using GoPro footage within Adobe Premier Pro.
Jumping back into your NLE, simply import the new XML and you will be pleasantly surprised to see that all your footage has been relinked to the shinny new color corrected footage and all your edits remain the same. It really is that simple.
I found this little application a real time saver, especially on a recent full feature documentary with multiple edits and clips that were sent off to the colorist. Previously within FCP7 this would have been very time consuming. There have been many times I have spent countless hours trying to relink all my online footage to my offline sequence. It can become even more complicated when people change the names of clips. However with the ability to relink using various attributes other than just file names. reLink reTooled becomes a no brainer.
The professionals over at reTooled have come up with a great application for mere $39.99. They have even provided a great tutorial for both Adobe Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro 7 on their website here.
If your looking for a faster mire efficient way to online , relink you sequences. reTooled may be the application you have been looking for. It’s simple UI and workflow means just about anyone can use it without have to be a tech expert.