Muxing 2D CineForm Clips for 3D (Mac)

The steps below describe how to convert your individual left and right eye source files into Stereo 3D CineForm files.

Step 1) Use ReMaster to convert all your source files into CineForm files. Keep the left eye files and right eye files in separate folders.

Step 2) Import your converted CineForm files into FirstLight. Step 3) Use 'cmd+L' to mark the left eye clips as LEFT or go to EDIT>MARK>LEFT in the menubar.

Step 4) Use 'cmd+R' to mark the right eye clips as RIGHT or go to EDIT>MARK>RIGHT in the menubar.

Step 5) Select the first LEFT eye clip and its corresponding RIGHT eye clip. and use 'cmd+E' to export a stereo file or go to FILE>EXPORT STEREO in the menubar.

NOTE: Clicking on the 'File/Reel' header at the top of the Bin will sort your files by Filename. Clicking on the 'Start / Run Time' header will sort by Time Code. This is a good way to help organize your clips before attempting to pair them. You will then be prompted to select a folder location and file name for the exported stereo file. Select a folder that is clearly marked as '3D' or 'Stereo Muxed'. Name the file something that resembles the original files.

Select which Eye you want to use for the Starting Time Code... this is usually the 'Hero' eye. Then click 'Save'.

NOTE: Before moving on to Step 6, make sure the Stereo Mode Status Viewer (in the menubar) is set to '2D'.

Step 6) The Stereo Mux Queue opens up with the Eye Visibility set to 'Both'. In tis mode, you will see both images superimposed in the preview window. This is also called 'onionskin' mode.

Switch to 'Single' Eye Visibility. In this mode, holding down the 'down arrow' key on your keyboard, will cause the preview window to repeatedly toggle between the left and right eye. This is a quick and easy way to see if the eyes are in sync. If they are not in sync, select the Hero eye and move the playback cursor to a sync point... ideally this would be a slate indicating the scene and take number.

Then, switch to the second eye (non-Hero) and use the 'Shift second eye' buttons to slip the second eye to the sync point.

Step 7) Once both eyes are on the sync point, you can set IN and OUT points to trim the clip using the IN and OUT buttons.

Step 8) Switch to the FirstLight bin to and repeat this process to add more clips to the Stereo Mux Queue. When all your clips are loaded in the Queue, press the 'Start' button to create the new stereo CineForm files.

When the files are finished muxing, they will replace the original LEFT and RIGHT eye files in the FirstLight bin.

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