The Rebel Fleet relies on AJA’s equipment for video Assist, DIT and Dailies workflows
The Rebel Fleet provides custom workflow solutions and has recently expanded its offerings to include post production in New Zealand. To accomplish all of this they rely on AJA’s teams to devise solutions to suit the production environment, budget, crew size, cinematographer’s visions, studio requirements, and more.
Some of the equipment are AJA KUMO 1616 and KUMO 3232 routers, the KUMO Control Panel, and AJA Mini-Converters to build on-set video assist and DIT workflows for clients. Company CEO Mike Urban shared, “AJA KUMO routers and Mini-Converters are built so great and offer solid warranties, which are paramount in the fast-paced environments we work in. We need equipment we can trust, and the AJA kit gives us peace of mind.”
They also use QTAKE software for video assist service offering. It integrates seamlessly with AJA KUMO routers through the KUMO’s network interface. The team can quickly and easily establish predefined router settings, so if a client wants all the monitors to display playback or live footage, they can preconfigure it, load it up with their Stream Deck, and changes are reflected across the routers.
When working with clients, the company occasionally deploys a custom flypack. Typically placed on set, it is housed in a Pelican Case and features two AJA HD SDI splitters, two camera inputs, and four camera outputs.
As HDR continues to play a more prominent role on set, The Rebel Fleet is deploying more HDR gear across projects, including the AJA FS-HDR and AJA HDR Image Analyzer. Paired with Colorfront, these tools help ensure its client’s desired look stays consistent as footage moves from acquisition through dailies.
When The Rebel Fleet deploys monitors on set, the FS-HDR gives its team the confidence that they’re displaying HDR correctly if they receive a log signal from the camera. Depending upon client needs, they can then route different paths to HDR or SDR. Compatibility with Pomfort Livegrade Pro also enables them to use the device as a dynamic LUT box. HDR Image Analyzer then allows Urban’s team to monitor HDR on set with scopes that match what it’s seeing in Colorfront.
“AJA FS-HDR could read all the metadata we brought into the DIT cart. We could then combine it with the notes and information the DIT created for whatever needed to be passed down to the pipeline and marry it with the information coming from QTAKE. We were then able to give the team on set the ability to add metadata directly to a live database for viewing on iPads and other devices,” explained Urban.