Q: Can Cinergy read my script?
Yes! One of the most exciting features of
Cinergy is its ability to read a script written in Final Draft, Script Thing,
Movie Magic Screenwriter, Screenwriter 2000, Scriptware, Rich Text Format (RTF)
Files, and even plain text. Importing a script allows Cinergy to
automatically build a preliminary breakdown and production stripboard for you.
Q: I already have Movie Magic. Why do I need Cinergy?
Unlike Movie Magic and other products that specialize in specific aspects of production
management, Cinergy is an integrated system. That means it can
support your production from the beginning to end. Data that
you enter during pre-production is used during budgeting and on-set shot
logging, and the same is true for data moving into post
production. One of the difficulties in
using multiple products is transferring data between them. By using Cinergy all the
way through a project, there is no need to transfer data.
One place this "transfer" of data is most time consuming is during shot logging
before digitizing clips into a non-linear editing system. If you have logged your shots
using Cinergy on the set, then passing this data to your editor is as simple as
telling Cinergy Post-Production to create
a file in a variety of formats compatible with popular professional editing
systems. (Avid, Media-100, and others)
Q: How long does it take to learn how to use Cinergy?
That depends on how you plan to use it. Script supervisors who start using
Cinergy on the set can be functional in a few hours and proficient within a day.
Production managers who use the script breakdown and budgeting features may take slightly
longer since there are many features available. Editors will find it very easy to extract
and/or print data for editing sessions.
Cinergy is delivered with a comprehensive user's manual that will guide you
step-by-step through all the features of the software.
Q: I'm working on a film that's past pre-production. Is it too late to start
using Cinergy on this project?
Certainly not! The shot logging features of Cinergy alone make purchasing
the system a wise choice. So even if you're past pre-production or even already on the
set, you can immediately start using Cinergy and taking advantage of its features.
Cinergy includes a special mode designed for transcribing data from hand-written
script supervision sheets into the system. Obviously, if you're 15 weeks into a 16 week
shooting schedule, the decision to start using the software at that point will have to be
evaluated against the time it will take to transcribe all the data. In some cases,
however, it will still be beneficial.
Q: If I edit using an Avid Media Composer or Media 100 NLE system, will
Cinergy help me?
Absolutely. Cinergy can export data in Avid Log Exchange (ALE) or Media-100
PowerLog formats for input directly into NLE system bins. Directors notes, camera roll,
sound reel, and other pertinent information are immediately entered into the system with
very little work on your part. If you have previously used Cinergy to log non-drop
frame time codes for each shot, you can immediately begin digitizing and editing.
Q: Can Cinergy Control my Video Deck?
Yes. Cinergy can control any professional-grade video deck conforming to Sony
Serial Control Protocol. If you have telecine transfers of your footage, you can connect
Cinergy to your video deck and add timecode IN and OUT points to information
already logged on the set, completing the information needed by an editor using a
non-linear editing system.
Q: Can Cinergy display video on the computer screen?
Yes. The Cinergy VideoAssist module
is designed to take video from the camera's video tape and display the monitor
directly on your computer screen. You can even take still snapshots
at various points during shot logging for continuity purposes. This
function relies on your computer having a video input port compatible with
Microsoft DirectX technology. (Most modern video devices are compabible).
Q: Can Cinergy be used on a network?
Yes. The licensing requirements of this version of Cinergy require each individual
user to have his/her own copy of Cinergy. Although Cinergy will run in a network
environment, multiple users cannot access the same Cinergy database simultaneously.
Q: Can multiple people use Cinergy on the set?
Yes. The most obvious people to use the system for logging purposes are the script
supervisor and sound mixer. In addition, the production manager can take advantage of the
system to monitor daily progress and plan subsequent days. The key to multiple user
environments is to define who is the keeper of the "master" database so that all
other users can "feed" data back to that "master" user.
Q: What kinds of printouts will Cinergy create?
Cinergy will print numerous reports
including the Budget, Call Sheets, Script Supervision notes, Production Reports,
Shot Logs, a marked script, and many others. Mindstar Productions can also create custom reports for your company. Talk to one
of our representatives about these and other special offerings. To see a list of all of
the forms currently available follow this link.