35mm spooling table

Editorial & Dailies Workflow

Essential knowledge

New Reel Name (folder name on the media)

The reel name follows the known scheme and consists of camera index, reel counter, and camera serial number.

Classic File Naming (still in use)

The ALEXA Classic series, ALEXA Mini, AMIRA, ALEXA LF, ALEXA Mini LF, and ALEXA 65 will continue with the established file naming.

Classic Reel Name (folder name on the media)

The reel name consists of camera index, reel counter, and camera serial number.

For relinking (conforming) back to the high-res files in the later stage of postproduction, it is vitally important that the source timecode and clip name or reel name of each clip matches with the high-res OCN files.

Material that was shot in ARRI LogC3 or LogC4 needs to be converted to Rec 709 color space to display correctly on a Rec 709 display. Viewed on a regular video monitor, LogC3 and LogC4 images look flat, with desaturated colors. To get a grayscale characteristic and color reproduction that is more pleasing to the eye, the images have to be tone-mapped and transformed into the target color space.

This image conversion can be applied by using a three-dimensional look-up table (3D LUT) on the LogC3 and LogC4 material. It’s up to you what software you prefer for your dailies rendering. A lot of applications can render out the camera material with applied 3D LUT conversions to your target color space, usually Rec 709. If your OCN was shot in LogC3 or LogC4, it’s always possible to do a color space conversion to Rec 2020, P3, or Rec 709 color space. Your viewing display color space should of course match the target color space.

Each clip captured by ALEXA SXT, ALEXA Mini, AMIRA, ALEXA LF, and ALEXA Mini LF is recorded with an ARRI Look File 2 (ALF2). ALEXA 35 is using the ARRI Look File 4 (ALF4). Each look file is stored and embedded as metadata in each file header. Some tools natively support our ARRI Look Files, so that you can easily apply the look on the shot and see how it was intended on set. To get an overview of the differences between our ARRI Look File 2 (ALF2) and ARRI Look File 4 (ALF4), please visit our Look Files section.