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Chainsaw Edit Powers Through Deliverables with Cinedeck

Post facility Chainsaw Edit is part of the SIM Group family with two state of the art facilities in Hollywood. When they started looking for ways to better handle their growing demand for multiple file format deliveries, they chose Cinedeck.

Chainsaw Edit utilizes both Cinedeck hardware and software solutions in their deliverables department – a 4-channel Cinedeck ZX45, 2-channel Cinedeck ZX20 and 3 seats of cineXinsert software. We recently spoke with Chainsaw’s Chief Engineer, Jeff Sengpiehl, about their workflow.

“Our old process for creating a file deliverable was to use tape as a mezzanine format. We would layoff to tape from the editor in real-time, then encode the tape to a file. For a program fix, we would punch changes to the tape, then re-encode the tape to a file. When you factor in QC, it could take several hours of work for a 1-hour show,” says Jeff. “Using Cinedeck to overwrite changes directly to the deliverable file means we QC only the new insert, saving us hours of QC time. We get the efficiency of a tape-based workflow, but on files!“

When asked about how Cinedeck has helped the overall workflow at Chainsaw Edit, Sengpiehl comments, “Cinedeck’s File-based Insert Edit has allowed the deliverables department to handle the end product of a show, freeing up our editors to go on to other projects. Video fixes are handled by the Cinedeck hardware, while audio reversioning, audio channel re-alignment and slates are done with cineXinsert. We’ve been able to save hours of labor and QC time using Cinedeck, which is critical in a world where budgets are getting ever tighter.”

Jeff concludes, “We use Cinedeck tools every day to deliver high profile shows like ‘Scorpion’, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and ‘Colony’. It’s a proven workflow for us.”

  • About Chainsaw Edit

    Since founder Bill DeRonde opened its doors in 1996, Chainsaw Edit has grown into one of the Industry’s most in-demand, high-end full-service post-production companies.

    1017 N. Las Palmas Ave.
    Hollywood, CA 90038
    +1.323.785.1550
    www.chainsawedit.com