Originally Posted by Henchman
Why do no budget feature makers still insist on delivering their final mix in reels.
I can think of several reasons:
2) providing the ability to work on self-contained reels out of order, which is a necessity when other pieces of the movie are being loaded / dismantled / changed / updated
3) complex rippled changes are easier done on smaller files rather than massive 2-hour or 2.5-hour files
4) backups, file transfers, and fixes are generally easier with shorter files as well.
TV shows generally come to video post as one 43- or 44-minute file (assuming a 1-hour episodic episode), but features are always around 18-20 minutes per reel. From a color-correction and editorial point of view, I'm much, much happier working with a 20-minute reel with hundreds of keyframe events than I am a massive 120-minute reel with thousands and thousands of events.