dock10 has managed the full post production workflow for Dan Snow’s History of the Winter Olympics, broadcast on BBC on 30 January. The documentary examined how the political upheaval of the 20th and 21st Century has impacted on 90 years of the Games.
Location footage was shot using RED and the camera team produced MXF DNX185 on location, which was then used as the proxy edit rushes. Production began editing off site for three weeks, then the Avid project and DNX files were loaded onto dock10’s ISIS system, while the RED RD3 files were moved onto Isilon ready for conform.
The fine cut then took place at dock10 using Avid Media Composer V6.5, with dock10’s ingest department handling the vast amount of archive needed for this project. For some archive elements, and to speed up the workflow, AMA from SSD drives were used locally in the suite.
The final sequence was taken on by ingest team leader Sam Butler who carefully re-linked the RED RD3 files and carried out pre-grade. Jamie Parry, dock10’s senior colourist, completed the grade using Baselight, to enhance the location footage. dock10’s head of audio Mark Briscoe mixed using Pro Tools V10, enhancing the archive footage with added effects. After mastering, the tech review was prioritised to allow production to meet the tight TX deadline.