QD2 Picture Lock

At the end of the picture edit cycle, the Editor and Director will be assigned a time to formally lock picture. This means that the Lock Sequence must be completed and any VFX and Credits created by the Director must be transferred to the Editor and cut into the Locked Sequence by that time and the appropriate fields must be filled out in Motion.

Once picture locking is complete, the Editor and Director will make sure the Premiere Project, Reference Video, and any additional media that the Editor used is uploaded to the appropriate folders on Frame.io so the Director can download them and conform the project for Sound Design and Color Correction.

Create the Locked sequence

In Premiere Pro, correctly identify your locked sequence and save it in the Lock bin as Show#_Lock. For example, the locked sequence for 01F3 would be named 01F3_Lock.

Double-check the sequence settings by clicking on the Sequence drop-down menu and selecting “Sequence Settings.”

Your locked sequence settings should be as follows:

Build the front sequence

All locked sequences must have a “front sequence” at the start of the timeline that is formatted to Academy standards. This involves setting the sequence timecode to begin at 00:59:00:00 and building a front sequence that includes 30 seconds of bars-and-tone, 30 seconds of slate, the Academy leader (i.e., the countdown), and the FSU leader.

To begin, locate the front sequence materials (bars-and-tone, countdown, and FSU leaders). They are in the extras folder in the QD2 Project on Frame.io.

Import these into your Premiere Project in the Front Sequence bin. Their are two different FSU Leaders. One runs “Forward” and one runs in “Reverse”. Choose one.

Set your sequence to begin at timecode 00:59:00:00. To do this, click on the Sequence drop-down menu and select “Start Time…”

Then enter “00:59:00:00” in the pop up window.

At 00:59:00:00 on the timeline, insert the 30-second bars-and-tone clip from the Front Sequence bin.

At 00:59:30:00 on the timeline, insert a 30-second slate. You’ll need to create the slate yourself, using the title tool in Premiere Pro. Please keep it professional and include all the pertinent info:

At 01:00:00:00, insert the 8-second countdown from the Front Sequence bin. If everything is put together correctly, the “two-pop” on the countdown leader will fall exactly on 01:00:06:00. (This is very important!)

At 01:00:08:00, insert one of the 8-second FSU leaders from the Front Sequence bin.

At 01:00:16:00, line up the first frame of content to start there.

Your completed front sequence should now look like this:

Add titles and credits

The College has strict requirements for how titles and credits need to be formatted. Before building your titles, read the requirements here.

All credits must be finished by Picture Lock. This should be done by the Director in either Premiere Pro or After Effects and then exported out as a 1920×1080 ProRes444 video at 24fps. This must then be transferred to the Editor via Frame.io so it can be cut in by Picture Lock.

The second-to-last thing in the end credits should be a logo card lasting exactly 2 seconds. This can be found in the QD2 Frame.io projects in the Extras folder.

The last thing in the end credits should be a copyright card lasting exactly 2 seconds. This can be found in the QD2 Frame.io projects in the Extras folder.

Add VFX (if Applicable)

All VFX must be finished by Picture Lock. This should be done by the Director in either Premiere Pro or After Effects and then exported out as a 1920×1080 ProRes444 video at 24fps. This must then be transferred to the Editor via Frame.io so it can be cut in by Picture Lock.

Since not all shows will have VFX if you do please make an additional folder on Frame.io for this to be transferred to the Editor.

Condense tracks for color grading

To prep the film for the Director to be able to conform to the OCF on there machine and color using Lumetri in Premiere, your video needs to be condensed onto as few video tracks as possible. It’s understood that, due to the nature of how some video dissolves are built, more than one track is sometimes necessary. The idea is to reduce the amount of tracks and media as much as possible and the end result should look something like this.

QC the locked sequence

The Editor should watch the Final Format video looking for black frames or any other problems. Once your picture is locked it is locked!

Export a locked reference

The Editor will need to create a reference video so for the director to use to ensure sync later and to make sure nothing actually gets changed during sound and color.

Export the entire sequence marking in at 00:59:00:00 the first frame of the bar and tone and then marking out on the last from of the copyright.

Label the video as: “xxQD2_Lock_Reference”
Use the export settings: Apple ProRes 422LT 1920×1080 24fps progressive with square pixels.

Once its exported the editor should reimport it into premiere and lay it on a higher video track to check for any issues. Once satisfied upload it to the following folder on Frame.io;

Other media

Any additional media outside of that capture in production that is in the locked sequence needs to be placed in the appropriate folder on frame.io for the Director. This way they can reconnect everything once they have the Premiere project.

Save the project

Lastly, once you are confident that you’re locked sequence is formatted correctly, the reference matches, and all additional media is up on Frame.io. save a new version in your projects finishing folder, but add “Locked” to the file name.

Then upload it to the Appropriate folder on Frame.io for the Director.