Justin,Nov 11 2003, 05:47 PM wrote:
Newman,Nov 11 2003, 05:05 PM wrote:
Does anyone edit on a Mac
And I do know I need to learn Avid eventually, and I am sure it'll be one of those things where I think "why the hell didn't I do this years ago ..." but I'm a stubborn mule.
If you want to work as an editor you need to know Avid. Knowing Final Cut Pro helps a lot too since it is gaining a lot of popularity, especially with smaller productions. Right now Avid has 75 - 80 percent of the market in post production. I don't think you'll find Premiere on any, with the exception of doing animatics. Again, I'm not slagging on Premiere, it just has a harder time handeling a heavy work load.
There is kind of a rule of thumb when it comes to editing software and setups. The easier it is to learn, the less it is capable of in the long run. Ease of use has an expense, and that expense is typically the depth of the program, usually in the media managment side of things. Most of you are probably not doing any projects with hours and hours of footage, so Premiere works out just fine. the show I'm working on right now has WELL over 1000 hours of footage, and there is no way in hell I would put that into a Premiere system.
Another consideration is how are you inputting/outputting. Avid is by far the most versitile for diferent formats. Everything from VHS to DV to BETACAM. Granted, all of this requires hardware, but the systems were designed to work with all formats, not just DV like Premiere and FCP. I know that you can input and output different formats with the proper hardware, but those systems are optimized for DV.
Like I said before, there is no wrong choice for the software you choose to edit on. As you move your way up the ladder (so to speak), the software tends to get more expensive and more complicated, but also much more versitile and effective. I have found that once I learned the Avid I could do much more much faster than with any of tee other packages I have used, but it took me quite a while to reach that level of proficency.
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