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Bill DavisRe: Might Be An Interesting Read
by on Nov 15, 2011 at 6:34:57 pm

[Chris Harlan] "Bill, what you describe as robust wouldn't even have been considered so back in 1998. "Robust" would be the ability to re-write or reassign TC for any source material, monitor and match timecode across tracks or synced items, monitor and match timecode at different frame rates. I should be able to, using time code, replace a temp source with a master with matching code in any given timeline. I should be able to monitor in and outs of any given clip or a whole group of clips at the same time. I should have sync markers that demonstrate the number of frames paired or locked items are out of sync, and in what direction. I should have indicators that show sync or lack-there-of across all layers/tracks/or what-you-will. I should be able to generate an EDL, and of course, I should be able to read one and attach material to it. That's robust.

I agree with you that FCP X has more timecode support that a hobbyist might need, but to call it robust is absurd."


Chris,

Thank you for the details. I have absolutely no problem with a single thing you listed in your first paragraph above. Those make a perfectly rational list of requirements for someone doing the specific work you do.

It's no more surprising to me than a watch repair person needing a screwdriver with an almost microscopically small tip. Tools should be available to fit the task at hand.

I will note that in the larger world, very, VERY few toolboxes on the planet include a screwdriver that fine. Because the need is so specialized.

The modern NLE is DECREASINGLY a specialists tool. Apple understood that first. They've revised their flagship product away from a "specialists" orientation - and toward, IMO, an empowerment tool for a wider audience that rarely needs watchmaking tools, and seems to be pretty accepting of the re-invention of traditional ones.

Perhaps connecting the "meta-data" stuff in X is a bit like powered compressors showing up on construction job sites where hand tools once ruled?

We'll see.

"Before speaking out ask yourself whether your words are true, whether they are respectful and whether they are needed in our civil discussions."-Justice O'Connor


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