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June 21, 2013
Thoughts on Red Giants Bulletproof
July 4, 2014
So I've been using BulletProof on two of the projects I've made so far.
The first one, The Apology, was an interesting piece because of the constraints we were under. As it turned out, we only had five hours to shoot and consequently, only a handful of setups. Once it was shot, getting used to the organizational structure of BulletProof was weird, to say the least. When I shot 1873, I made my pipeline up on the fly, which ended up being a hot mess. On The Apology, I had already copied my media over to my computer, created a directory, etc. When I opened Bulletproof for the first time, it wanted to make it's own directory and nest everything in there. I did my best but it was cobbled together. Even still, in the end, everything worked out ok, but I was determined to figure out a better way the next time around.
The problem is, the tutorials show you how to use the program, but not really how to use it efficiently.
So after a bunch of hit and miss, I realized that to work really well, you need to do a lot of front end naming work, and make sure you keep your rolls (audio and video) neat and tidy.
Name your video clips and audio clips after the slate, something like this:
scn 01 - take 01.mov
scn 1A - take 04.wav
Keep the audio files and the video files in separate folders, for ease of navigation. Especially if you're gonna use PluralEyes to help you out.
Use colors, and make sure to check the box for it on export!
For the record, every take that wasn't good I made sure to reject it. On the other hand, all the ones I liked, I flagged them as keep. That way, when I went to export them, I could easily select them based on the flags.
Also, the takes I wasn't going to use (goofing up, laughing, etc...) I named them with gag_ as the prefix so I could export those for a separate outtakes reel.