function of the "Elements" section of Showrunner™ the
intent of the Scanning section is to aid in the preparation
of paperwork to accompany rolls of film as they are sent to
Here you can import data from the Editorial Codebook by
simply pulling down and selecting an item from the
red-outlined Slate Field. You can even calculate handles.
(When you do so, however, make sure you have the proper
number of perfs selected for your film format. The default
Neg Pull Sheet gives you a document telling your negative
cutter which pieces of negative to pull in preparation for
Scan Sheet gives you a document to tell your scanning dept
or facility which frames to scan, what to call them and how
to deliver them.
production people like to paper their office walls with
small visual summaries of their shots so they can have the
show at a glance. For those who use this tool, the postcard
layout, accessed by the Postcards Button in the function
bar, provides a way to print them out easily. Just perform
a Find function to make a found set of the shots you wish
to print out, go to Postcards and hit Print.
quick way to get a look at some key statistics of your
to the Progress layout for shots, this Models layout helps
you track the progress of your CG or miniature modeling.
Like the Shot Progress layout you can change the headings
for the model phases to suit your needs. And you can set
each date using Calsnap by clicking the grey Set button
below each field. As always, you can "drill down" to more
detail by clicking the grey arrows.
Help is a page full of helpful data much like this user
guide. For more info use the buttons on the bottom of the
Change Orders layout is accessible only to managers. Change
orders are shot based.
DATA IMPORTING NOTES (Showrunner PRO
Showrunner can import footage data from either Avid or
Final Cut Pro. This can save you hours of data entry
drudgery. From Avid you can import from a BIN file or from
an ALE file. From Final Cut Pro (FCP) you can import from
an XML file. Showrunner has a button for each.
Avid and Final Cut have similar but different ways of
exporting footage data. For instance they display Key
numbers differently and approach the way of displaying the
used part of a take differently. Showrunner attempts to
reconcile these differences in a way that will be most
useful to building your shots.
Below is a table of the fields in Showrunner's Codebook and
the corresponding fields that Showrunner can import from
Avid and FCP. Items with a "--" indicate that there is no
data of that type supplied by that editing software.
You can export lots of different kinds of information from
Avid or FCP, but Showrunner only imports the data for the
fields it needs and only if it is organized properly. For
this reason, check to make sure that your data is formatted
similarly to one of the sample Avid or Final Cut data files
supplied with Showrunner. You can do this by opening the
sample files in a spreadsheet or text editing application.
FINAL CUT PRO
Step 1: Export your data.
If you are using Cinema Tools, Final Cut allows you to
export your project info in the XML data format. To do this
in Final Cut Pro simply select
File > Export > Cinema Tools XML Film Lists...
Save this XML file in a place you can find it.
Step 2: Import your data into Showrunner. To do this is a
two step process . First, press the FCP XML button on the
Codebook page of Showrunner.
You are presented with a dialog box that allows you to
select the XML file that you just saved by using the TOP
in order to properly translate the XML into a format a
format that Showrunner can use, you need an
XSL style sheet
to do the translation.
Luckily, such a style sheet is provided with Showrunner. It
Use the BOTTOM "Specify" button to find this file and then
Note that this XSL style sheet ONLY works with data
exported from Final Cut by choosing:
File > Export > Cinema Tools XML Film Lists...
After your data is imported, inspect it to see if
everything is as you would expect. If not, only the files
you have imported are displayed, so it's a simple matter to
blow thiem away if you don't like them by selecting RECORDS
--> DELETE FOUND RECORDS...
You can automatically import either AVID BIN or AVID ALE
data into VFX Showrunner. There is a corresponding button
for each at the top of Showrunner's Codebook page. In
either case press the corresponding button and select your
Avid project's exported BIN or ALE file.
You are presented with a dialog that shows how the data
from each Avid field will be imported into a VFX Showrunner
field. If all looks well, simply hit the IMPORT button at
the bottom of the Import dialog box. You will probably
notice that quite a number of field pais do not have the
arrow between them. These are fields Showrunner does not
need. Make sure the field pairs that DO have an arrow
correspond in a reasonable manner.
In order to test the importing process, try importing the
sample files supplied with Showrunner. You may want to
examine them first by opening them in Microsoft Excel or
other spreadsheet application.
After your data is imported to the Codebook, inspect it to
see if everything is as you would expect. If not, only the
files you have imported are displayed, so it's a simple
matter to blow thiem away if you don't like them by
selecting RECORDS --> DELETE FOUND RECORDS...
NOTE: Because of the header information in an ALE file,
you'll want to delete the first nine records after they are
imported. Or alternately you could edit the ALE file in
Excel before you import and simply delete the first 9
Showrunner also comes with an Excel example file of a
generic shot data table:
Generic shot data.xls
You can use this as a template to format your shot data in
Excel from any source into a form that Showrunner can
import using the Generic button at the top of the Codebook