Martini QuickShot Creator is for editors
By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)
If you’re an editor, there’s probably been countless times in the edit suite when you’ve found yourself looking for just the right shot that you realize, you just don’t have. The edit needs to continue, but you’ll need to put a placeholder into your piece that will not only help you keep time, but also let your client/producer/director know what is supposed to be there. Cue the white text on a black background with a description of what should be going there. Not all that visual.
Wouldn’t it be better if you could give them a rough idea of what the shot is going to look like? Well, that’s where Martini Quick ShotCreator (v. 3) comes into play. It’s designed to let you create a quick storyboard shot of whatever you need to have, so your cinematographer can go back out and shoot it, and it will give your clients a great visual of what is supposed to be there. Let me show you how it works.
First, I should point out that Martini QuickShot (MQS) is a plugin for both Mac and Windows and your NLE (Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, FCP X, Vegas Pro) that will let you add scenes directly into your timelines. Now, when I say scenes, keep in mind I could be talking about a single shot, or a series of shots, all contained within the one effect. I also want to point out that for this review, we’re using Avid Media Composer, but the other NLE’s work pretty much the same!
- Props. Accentuate your scene with Martini’s all-new props. Choose from hundreds of everyday objects such as vehicles, furniture, food, and animals.
- New Resizable Interface. Martini’s new user interface allows you to expand your workspace, giving you more power and flexibility in pre-visualizing your scenes.
- Hundreds of Backgrounds. V3 includes hundreds of all-new exterior and interior locations that are optimized for storyboarding, providing the perfect background for your pre-vis sequences. Plus, it is easier than ever to add your own digital art and photos.
- Add-on Characters, Props, Locations, and More. On top of all the great-looking graphics that are included with Martini, over 20 new add-on libraries are now available, dramatically expanding your options for customization. Add-On Character Libraries provide the option of integrating different genres, ethnicities, and artistic styles while Add-On Prop Libraries give more detail to your shots and scenes.
- Free “Stand-In” Character Library ($20 Value). When you haven’t settled on the features of your main characters but still need to create cinematic shots, the Stand-In library lets you show off your cinematic vision while leaving your casting options wide open. The library includes 6 colorable characters in 6 poses, 3 elevations, and 8 rotations.
Now, to get working with MQS, first, choose a shot, or empty section of your timeline to add the effect to. Inside of the Effects Palette, you can find MQS in the PowerProduction Software category, and then simply drag and drop the effect onto your shot.
Once there, head to effects mode, and select “Open Martini Quickshot.” Before we move on, I want to point out that you can increase the size of the Creator window, if you find it to be too small. Now that we’re in the MQS interface, all we have to do is take things one step at a time, starting from the top down. First, we need to select a shot to use. When I say “shot,” I mean, single, two shot, close, medium, and wide, including a number of people, which direction they are looking, etc.
Next, we’re picking our location. This is where you would pick an office location, courthouse, classroom, etc.
To the right of that window, and based on what we had selected in the “Shots” drop down, we’re now going to customize the “talent” in our shot. You’ll notice that once you click on one of the people in the shot, you can now customize everything from skin, hair, and lips color, to the color of the shirt, shoes, and pants as well.
Once you’ve done all that, you’ll now see your finished scene in the “Composite” window at the bottom of the MQS interface. New to this version of MQS, you can now add props into your shots, as well, and that can be done immediately to the left of the Character Color window that we just adjusted.
What’s also very cool is that once all your talent and elements are in the Composite window, you can easily select them, and reposition them however you want, to make the scene look exactly the way you need it to look.
Ok, not let’s talk about the most important aspect of Martini QuickShot 3 besides how simple it is to use, and that is cost. First, there’s a 15 day free trial for all NLE’s, but what I found most interesting is that the cost of the software used to be $200 USD, with a special deal at $49 from MacVideo Promo. And if you own a previous version, you can upgrade for $29.95 .
For more details, or to download the free demo, you can check out Martini QuickShot here.