August 12, 2009


The workflow solution helped save the budget, as Lumiere didn't have to hire a B-unit director to cover the locations he couldn't attend. Lumiere connected Blackmagic Design's SDI to Analog Mini Converter to one of the Workgroup Videohub's SDI outputs, which was hooked up to a Slingbox HD. Workgroup Videohub software was then installed on a laptop and connected to the hardware via the Internet. "So, from anywhere in the world, I was able control the output of any editor or deck and monitor video via a Slingbox player," recalls Lumiere.

The workflow solution allowed Lumiere to maintain creative control, even while on location. While at in the Ardennes in Belgium for example, he was able go over footage from the 8th Air Force Museum, with the writer, who was in Manhattan. And while in Normandy, he was able to review editors' rough cuts.

"All I have to do is launch the Workgroup Videohub software, select Edit2 to Output to Slingbox, ask them to play it, and there it is," he notes. "I can watch their cut in full motion with audio from across the world — no rendering, no uploading, no downloading. It's all realtime. Plus, I can ask our archivist to pop in the latest HDCAM transfer from our transfer house, then switch the Workgroup Videohub output from the HDCAM to the Slingbox port and watch the tape live from absolutely anywhere on the planet."

WWII in HD was produced by Lou Reda Productions with Lou Reda and Scott Reda serving as executive producers. Producers were Liz Reph and Frederic Lumiere.