2    What Is a Workflow?

A workflow is a plan.

If every postproduction project is a journey (and most are), then the workflow is a map with your intended route highlighted. Like any journey, it is sometimes permissible to take a detour, or to alter your route on the way, but the workflow is the plan you make before you embark.

There are certain steps in every postproduction project, and therefore a generic workflow that is adapted to fit the needs of each particular project (see Figure 2.1). In addition, workflows extend both before and after the editing process, and are applicable to the production and delivery aspects of a project (for instance, DVD interactivity).

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