Individual Services

We want to help you in exactly the way that works best for you! Here are some ideas of ways we may be able to help relieve your post production blues without taking on a full creative edit.

Don’t get bogged down by the exhaustive task of organizing, culling, and syncing. Leave the boring stuff to us and reserve your mental energy for crafting an engaging and emotive film.

No matter the software you use to edit, having well-organized, culled, and synced media is key for getting started in the right direction. Your organizational system should never come between you and your best creative work.

 

Here’s how it works


MEDIA INGESTING

Getting everything into your NLE of choice and properly modifying it for use.

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PREMIERE

Once we’ve imported your media into Premiere, our team will modify all necessary assets so that they’re properly viewed and heard by the editor. Common asset modifications include rescaling 4K+ footage for use in 1080p sequences, interpreting video clips shot in high frame rates, and adjusting audio channels for proper playback. We will apply descriptions to source audio captured from your shoot, notating its source (ie Ceremony, Interviews, Speeches, Letter Readings, etc). Footage is also given descriptions within the Project Panel of Premiere. Each time content changes within the footage clips, the Description column will be updated accordingly. This is a helpful safeguard in case there is a need to reference a batch of raw clips for sourcing outside of the culled selects. We also change the clips’ label color for footage outside the standard resolution and frame rate. For instance, 60fps+ clips are labelled Cerulean so that they stand out against Premiere’s default Iris color.

 
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FINAL CUT PRO X

After importing your media, our team will label metadata for every imported file utilizing a bank of common Keywords and Keywords generated from your folder organization (created upon import to allow for easier relinking at the completion of the Rough Cut project). We start by labeling all of the camera angles as well as designate all High Quality Audio as “Source” in the Audio Roles. This allows us to quickly group together the footage and audio needed to create Multicam Clips. Once you have the organized Project Library, you can utilize the different labels to quickly navigate to the footage or audio you need to complete your edit. We can also customize the Keyword bank to include more finely detailed asset organization.


ORGANIZATION

Everything in an easy-to-reference location for optimized creative editing.

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Premiere

Our Project Panel is divided between 5 primary Bins: Audio, Files, Finals, Footage, and Sequences. The Audio Bin contains sub-bins for Music, SFX, and Source audio files (audio captured on-set). The Files Bin is divided into Syncs (for our synced multicam sequences), Nested Sequences, and Graphics. The Finals Bin is for your use after you complete the edit. The Footage Bin contains sub-bins of each memory card’s footage. Lastly, the Sequences Bin contains 5 Bins: Drafts, Unsynced Sequences, and 3 time-of-day bins for Pre-Ceremony, Ceremony, and Reception. Sequences of culled footage are then dispersed into the Sequences sub-bins depending on the content of the footage.

Check out our Wedding Bin Organization blog article for more information on our organizational process within Premiere.

 
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FINAL Cut Pro X

Our Template Library includes an Event that will be labeled with the Bride+Groom’s first names. Within that Event we have 10 standard folders: Projects, Media, Syncs, Audio, Pre-Ceremony, Photos, Ceremony, Reception, and Additional Estabs. Each folder contains Smart Collections and Keywords used to organize the media, for example in the Pre-Ceremony Folder you will find a sub-folder for Bride Prep that contains keywords for Hair&Makeup, Dress, and Prep Estabs. The Smart Collections in this Event have been created to quickly organize Multicam Clips and auto populate Video and Audio Roles that can later be used to better organize the Project timeline. The Keywords we used have been generated with the chronology of the wedding day in mind, to make it easier to locate specific moments from the day. We can use as many or as little keywords as you like, and can set up the Event to match your preferences.


CULLING

Usable vs Unusable media (video and audio considerations).

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Premiere

Our team will thoroughly watch each and every clip that’s imported into Premiere. As we watch through a clip, we’ll pull selects using In and Out-points in the Source window and import usable ranges onto the Timeline. Some clips may result in several different usable ranges being imported onto a sequence, we will just make sure to cut out any camera adjustments or repositioning in-between.

We also pay specific attention for usable segments of audio - regardless of the visual usability of a clip. If these portions of a clip are included in a sequence of culled footage, the clip’s audio will be dragged down to A2 so that you know the main usability is the audio of the clip. Typical uses of camera audio include conversations or room walla.

 
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FINAL Cut Pro X

Once all of your media is sorted into the proper Keyword Collection, we will scrub through each clip and create “Favorites,” using the Range tool to delineate the usable portions of each clip. When you receive the organized Project Library, you can see all of the usable footage by navigating to the “Favorites” view in the Inspector window. Alongside designating Favorites, we will also use Markers to denote if there is a good moment of natural audio that could be used in the edit. Markers will include a quick quote of the audio moment that is occurring. Again, we can do as much or as little favoriting as you would like, our goal is to help point out the content of the highest quality to make the editing process faster, but we do understand this can be subjective and may not be totally helpful.


MULTICAM SYNCING

For all angles and audio sources for each necessary activity.

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Premiere

Unless Premiere’s Multi Camera Sync feature is specifically requested, we sync multicam sequences using Red Giant’s application, PluralEyes. For activities that require syncing, we build Sequences of raw clips stacked per angle and audio source. We then sync these activities in PluralEyes and reimport an XML file with the synced Timeline into Premiere. We ensure that all audio sources maintain any necessary channel adjustments, since that process can often be overwritten by PluralEyes’s syncing process.

 
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FINAL Cut Pro X

Once all of your clips have been assigned Keywords and Favorites have been created, we’ll use the Syncs folder and select each corresponding Smart Collection to find and select all appropriate media to create Multicam Clips from any of the events that have High Quality Source Audio. We create Smart Collections for Ceremony, Toasts, and First Look in order to quickly collect the assets for those Multicam Clips, but we can create Smart Collections for other moments that you may want to sync for the edit. From here, we will select the Smart Collection, clear the selected ranges, and create a new Multicam Clip. Once the Multicam Clip has been created we will create a new Project, give it the corresponding name (i.e. Ceremony A-Roll), and pull the Multicam Clip onto the Timeline. In the Projects folder we have “A-Roll,” “B-Roll,” and “Multicam” Smart Collections which will collect these Projects to allow further organization. The Multicam Clip will also be assigned an appropriate Keyword so that it can be located in the appropriate Folder (i.e. Ceremony A-Roll will appear in the Ceremony Folder).


WRAPPING UP

How to take the project to the next stage.

Premiere

At the conclusion of the Rough Cutting process, we’ll share our final Premiere Project File with you via Google Drive. From there, all you’ll need to do is relink the media and off you go!

FINAL Cut Pro X

At the conclusion of the Rough Cutting process, we’ll share an XML file of the Project Library with you via Google Drive. From there, all you’ll need to do is relink the media and off you go!


 

ADAPTIVE*

While we do have a well-defined and streamlined culling and organization process, we can adapt the final product to best fit into your existing workflow. Whether that means designating different terms for Keywording in Final Cut Pro X, or dividing up you media differently within Premiere, our goal is to set you up for success on the Creative Editing process as quickly and enjoyably as possible.

*Additional fees may apply

 
 

Ready to save yourself some time and creative energy?

Our color department spans the spectrum from basic shot matching and spot correction to crafting looks and working with clients to make each film unique.


Our services can be packaged or à la carte depending on your needs and we can
make sure to tailor the color experience to fit any situation.

EXPERT PACKAGE

For those of you who want to dig a little deeper, we can work closely with you to craft unique looks for each film. We provide sample tests and communication back and fourth to create something truly different.

STANDARD PACKAGE

If you want a little more than the basics, we can give your films more pop with true picture styling. This ensures the film looks solid and represents what's on screen in the truest sense of the word. 

FUNDAMENTAL PACKAGE

In our fundamental package, we can make your film look more cohesive by matching angles throughout the film and troublesome areas where the day just didn't want to cooperate with you.


SEE WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

When I just couldn’t seem to get the right final “look” in my films, I reached out to Archaius and was thrilled to hear they offer a “Color-Only Package”. I was intimidated to start the process, but Archaius was beyond fantastic! Their team had multiple phone calls with me and were always there to help if I had any questions! Any worries I had went away immediately! The whole process could not have been more smooth, and I was thrilled with the final look of the edit! I truly feel that having Archaius help with this process will bring the quality of our films to the next level!
— Matt Forcier, LMV Productions
Archaius makes our business better by being our color specialists. Whether it is creating a consistent brand image with our wedding films or collaborating with our corporate clients on revisions, Archaius has added value to our productions while freeing us up to focus more on other tasks.
— Chris Jones, Mason Jar Films

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Turn it down from 11. 11 is too much. Keep it where it should be: -2db

Nobody likes bad audio. Even if the film’s amazing, no one will want to watch it because it makes their ears uncomfortable and their head hurt (I’m looking at you 3k). Balance your frequencies with EQ, control your gain with compression, clean excess noise with DeNoise, DeHum and other De- techniques. Lean on the experience of our ears to ensure the sound that plays when you hit that spacebar will make everyone smile.


Here’s how we do it

FUNDAMENTAL

The Basics

It all starts with balancing audio levels. If the source audio is clean and clear, often this is enough. We use clip gain and volume automation to achieve a mix where source audio, SFX/natural audio, and music levels all work together in perfect harmony across the shifting dynamic landscape.

STANDARD

The Next Level

If that’s not enough, we’ll “sweeten” the audio for improved clarity and quality. In addition to a continuous maintenance of levels, we’ll start to build an effects chain with a DeEsser and EQ to mitigate harsh and muddy resonances such as the low end rumble caused by wind or machinery as well as minimize piercing “ess” sounds.

EXPERT

Perfecting

If you really want to make it perfect, we’ll use noise reduction software to attenuate or remove the underlying noise in all source audio segments. We can also remove hum, reverb, clipping distortion, and specific sounds within an audio file where possible.


Only one spot giving you trouble?

à LA CARTE AUDIO FILE REPAIR

For those who choose not to opt for a full-on Expert Mix, we can apply Expert-level services to individual audio files.  We will use all the tools at our disposal to make each file sound as clean as possible. These tools include, but are not limited to: noise reduction, noise removal, speed and pitch adjustments, de-clipping, de-reverb, and de-hum.

AUDIO CONSULTATION

For those simply looking to improve the audio quality of their media projects, we offer audio consultation services.  You can schedule an in-person meeting or a video chat with our audio engineer to discuss anything from gear/software selection, to training in proper audio sweetening and repair.

 

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What It Is

MOTION GRAPHICS

Motion Graphics (GFX) covers a variety of categories ranging from simple lower thirds to animation of logos or graphic design elements. Any piece of digital footage or animation which creates the illusion of motion is what we refer to as Motion Graphics

VISUAL EFFECTS

Visual Effects (VFX), on the other hand, involve combining Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) with live action footage. The goal of VFX is to make it appear as though components added in post production were actually on-set with actors and other environmental elements.


How We Do It

Our expert artists use their finely-tuned skills in a variety of platforms to harness the full creative potential of every project and bring your films to the next level.

Cinema 4D

After Effects

Mocha Pro

Photoshop

Illustrator

Premiere Pro


What We Can Do For You


Specific Examples

MOTION GRAPHICS

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Logo Animation

By taking existing logos and design elements, our Motion Graphics team can create an animated version that will catch the eye of your audience. Incorporating animated logos into your projects will bring a new level of brand recognition to your company.

 

Lower Thirds

Lower thirds are most commonly used to display the name and title of a person talking on-screen. There are endless options when creatively animating these textual elements, but by using your brand’s font and colors, our Motion Graphics Artists will find the perfect way to match your lower thirds to your project’s style and expectations.

 
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2D Animations

2D Animations are comprised of text, shapes, or logo elements that operate strictly in a two-dimensional space. These elements are only manipulated using height and width, and typically take on the form of illustrations or graphics. A common use for this type of animation includes info graphics displayed on company websites, convention shows, or commercials.

 
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3D GFX

3D Animations are comprised of text, shapes, and/or logo elements not only in height and width, but in depth as well. These are used to add elements to existing 3D spaces and increase the visual information provided on-screen.

 
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Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment in which the objects are "augmented" by computer-generated perceptual information. Using a combination of 3D GFX and pre-recorded footage, our Motion Graphics team can show a demonstration of how a piece of AR equipment will work or interact in the real world.

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

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Screen replacement

Whether it’s a phone, TV, or a computer, screens are tricky to capture effectively on camera. Brightness and refresh rate can cause undesired banding issues depending on the camera’s frame rate. To rectify this, our Visual Effects Artists can track an object, and overlay a full HD screen recording. They’ll even make sure the screen is responsive to reflections and shadows, resulting in a seamless and crystal clear screen replacement.

 
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Chroma Key

Chroma Key is a VFX/Post-Production technique that is used to replace a green or blue screen with any background needed for a shot. This is popularly used in news broadcast, commercials, music videos, TV shows, and movies.

 
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Object Removal/Replacement

No matter how much experience or planning go into capturing a shot, there’s always the potential for un-ideal environmental elements that aren’t caught until the editing phase. With object removal, you can save that otherwise perfect shot and keep your footage looking 100% professional at all times. Not only can we remove objects, but our expert team of artists can even use their skills in After Effects, Mocha Pro, and Cinema 4D to replace an object with nearly anything else that you would want in your footage.


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Where do you need help?

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Film Critiques

Your film’s not working but you’re not sure why. Or maybe you know why but can’t figure out how to fix it. We’ll take a look and let you know how we think you can take it to the next level. Wedding filmmakers don’t have the luxury of scripted lines, multiple takes, “quiet on set” or well-behaved extras (we’re looking at you, iPad-wielding uncle!). Over the course of thousands of wedding films, we’ve developed a tried and true workflow in order to repeatedly create unique love stories without falling victim to the dreaded “cookie cutter” approach. We’d be thrilled to help you craft the most genuine narrative possible, one that your couple will love and cherish for a lifetime.

Here are some things we could talk about—

  • Identify an emotional thread before making the first cut

  • Create unique mini-stories from your strongest content

  • Our favorite Music Bed features that help speed up music selection

  • Combine audio elements as punctuation in your narrative

  • So much more!

shoot for the edit

You’re already a pro when it comes to keeping your subjects in focus while filming, but it’s equally important to keep the edit in focus as well. Learn specific techniques to ensure you set yourself up for success once you put the camera down and plug in your drive.

Here are some things we could talk about—

  • Shooting for deliverables: the sweet spot for GBs

  • Shooting for your brand: how you’ll use your clips

  • Prioritizing your time: don’t shoot to look busy

  • Know what you can fix in post: where to save time shooting

  • So much more!

Process TipS/Techniques

With the need to work quickly and efficiently to stay on top of a packed schedule, we’ve developed a continuously expanding collection of techniques to help increase our speed without sacrificing the quality of our films, and we want to share it with you!

Here are some things we could talk about—

  • A-Roll/B-Roll notation and chunking

  • Awesome shortcuts to speed up your workflow

  • Find the right take in less time

  • Fun tips to add new levels of creativity to your films in no time

  • So much more!

Working with a team

You may have a handle on how to knock out amazing films on your own, but there’s a limit to the number of edits one person can complete in a year. If you want to grow your business, you’ll have to look at expanding your team, which means letting someone else work on your films. We know all about the risk involved and the headaches that can come from working with a team, but we’ve refined it through the course of working with our in-house 15 person team, so we can help you get started!

Here are some things we could talk about—

  • Defining your brand standards and what makes your films unique

  • Training editors to maintain your brand standards

  • Managing creative personalities

  • Figuring out what parts of the process to outsource and how

  • So much more!

Want to chat about something else?

Choose the Other category and we can talk about whatever you’d like!

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