The katydids are out. As a kid the sound was the harbinger of the end of summer. To teachers their song is “write your syllabus.” This year is very different. Working at Avid will surely have a profound effect on how I teach FT504-Video Post Production I. Previously I’d always taught the class, quoting my lecture notes, as “Avid-centric, but Final Cut tolerant.” Meaning I used Avid Media Composer for classroom demos, but would answer Final Cut Pro questions.
Beyond loyalty to my new employer, and pride in my new position as Senior Product Designer for Media Composer, my Avid knowledge is deeper than ever, so I’m obviously tempted to make it an Avid-only curriculum. I can teach my students some pretty neat Media Composer tricks. But is that the right thing to do? Should I put more focus on Avid just because I know (and love) it better? Probably not.
This semester I’ll continue to be “Avid-centric” and include Final Cut Pro in some form in my teaching – not just to do right by my students, but to do right by my colleagues at Avid. Everyone should keep an eye on the competition.
Of course it’s not the NLE I’d choose to start with…
YouSendIt‘s Final Cut Pro plug-in is a useful editor to editor collaboration tool. Right-click on a clip or a sequence in the FCP project, and choose Export > Send by YouSendIt. YouSendIt’s plug-in gathers the necessary source files in a queue, offering the option of including the project file as well.
Files are not compressed, and playing a sequence requires that the receiver must have FCP and all necessary codecs installed. It’s not much of a review and approval or general collaboration tool, but it might be useful for moving small projects via email without having to worry about attachment size limits.
YouSendIt has taken a first step towards making NLE collaboration over the web viable for small shops, but it’s not there yet. This is a huge growth opportunity, but also an opportunity missed. A Squeeze, ProCoder, or Compressor plug-in would be more useful to small shops.
Philip Hodgetts has released a comprehensive guide for the video pro making the move to high definition production and post. It’s more than a compendium of frame rates, raster sizes, and media formats – though at 200+ pages there’s a good bit of that as well. The HD Survival Handbook is also loaded with advice for the class of 2008 HD debutantes.
Though it’s Final Cut-centric, there’s a lot in it for the Avid and Premiere Pro editors as well. At $15.95, I hope a lot of teachers replace more costly (and far drier) offerings with it. Ken Stone has a more detailed review.
Like most everything Philip posits I have my points of disagreement, but this book is a nice place to begin the conversation.
Two esteemed colleagues have just posted detailed and thoughtful post production resources for RED One material. Oliver Peters has a nice article in DV, and Terry Curren of Alpha Dogs and Digital Service Station fame compiled this presentation for those of us who learn better looking at the pictures.
And Mike Curtis at ProVideoCoalition.com has been chronicling his adventures with his newly delivered RED One.
Nice, concise video on the XDCAM EX workflow with Final Cut Pro on the ProMax blog. An Avid sequel would be great. Avid’s XDCAM support has been one its strongest features of late, a neutral head-to-head would be very useful.
- The Sony PMW EX1 video is here.