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Editing Danni Lowinski by knut hake D anni Lowinski is the popular German legal dramedy that premiered on Sat.1, a network part of the successful German Pro7SAT.1 group, in 2010. Currently airing its third series, the show features a former hairdresser who successfully majored in Law by studying at evening classes. Unable to find work, she offers her legal services from a small helpdesk in a mall, for 1 Euro a minute. As a result, she attracts an unusual clientel which she deals with in an equally unusual way. The series quickly captured audience ratings and has since won industry awards including the 2011 German Comedy Award for the Best Comedy Series and the 2012: Jupiter Award for the Best German TV Series. The show is produced by Berlin- based, Phoenix Film and edited by renown independent editor Knut Hake who has worked on many productions including an episode of the TV Show: Berlin, which won an International Emmy Award. “The several episodes of the first two seasons of Danni Lowinski were cut using Final Cut Pro 7 mainly from Hake’s home office in Berlin using a standard iMac. “The workflow quickly became established,” Knut Hake explains. “However, by the last three episodes of series three, Final Cut Pro X was introduced. The pre-testing went smoothly and it was easy to use. “It’s a complex story with a lot of characters,” says Hake. “And Final Cut Pro X is all about the story. So I was able to concentrate on the actual storytelling without worrying about how to do something. This is important at we have a very tight editing schedule, the season’s first episodes were already airing as we were cutting. “For mixing and sound design, I needed to move the audio from Final Cut Pro X to Pro-Tools and so used X2Pro Audio Convert, Marquis Broadcast’s conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools,” continues Hake. “The audio pre-mix was edited in Final Cut Pro X, with the volume already set and Marquis’ X2Pro Audio Convert was used to translate the XML file to Pro Tools for audio finishing, providing the required link between these essential applications. Then the sound sweetening was completed in Pro Tools. DaVinci Resolve was used for the final confirm of video ready for playout from the from Cologne based post production facility: HeaDQuarter.” X2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications. Using the enhanced metadata in XML 1.1 from Final Cut Pro X, X2Pro provides a high fidelity conversion to a Pro Tools session, with support for audio gain, transitions, and key frames. Taking advantage of the innovative metadata-based organising features in Final Cut Pro X, unlimited numbers of audio roles in Final Cut Pro X are converted into Pro Tools tracks, and sorted by role name so that different roles do not end up on the same tracks within Pro Tools. All of this allows sound designers and mixers to start working immediately. “X2Pro Audio Convert provides a smooth workflow between Final Cut Pro X and Avid Pro Tools, allowing me to take full advantage of the functionality of these world- class products. It was an essential component for the work on Danni Lowinski,” confirms Hake. 64 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY067JUL12.indd 64 05/07/2012 22:31