start to finish: it depends of the type of project. All the editorial toolset is there to edit a show. You don't have all the fancy Avid tools,but the basic tools are there. Also when using smoke, you are sure that the final show will be 100% the same as your "offline". Instead of using proxy, you could just use NTSC 16x9 footage and later use the Unlink + Reformat tools to recapture the HD footage (all those features are in version 6 and dup of smoke). NTSC "offline" will allow you to output a version to tape if needed (HD proxy can't be ouput to tape)
Proxy: proxies can be configured as many way so you may get different quality. The default is 50% so you would get for 1920x1080 960x540 (16x9) proxy. Quality can also be configured. Proxies are downsized version, there is no compression in smoke. Again, NTSC could be used.
i would prefer smoke for director/editor sessions for short-to medium forms (commercial, clips) over most systems on the market right now.
using smoke for a fullfeature or a series has some mayor setbacks - as a matter of fact we decided to not go with smoke that way.
1) price & amount of storage. If you are in SD, it might be okay, but if you
In fact, since you are in the L.A. area, you should come to see us a Siggraph 2005! We'll be there demoing all our products line and you'll be able to see smoke in action and ask questions. That way, it willl be easier for you to see how smoke can benefit your project.
hello robert. For short/medium-sized projects (like music video and corporate) smoke is the way to go. It is very cool to be able to edit and apply vfx and not bother with conform problems. My clients really like to see the final product when the session is done. If you plan to edit long form, smoke miss some tools to make the experience a nice trip:
-no bin and media management tools
-no compression (but v6 has the proxy workflow that kinda fake it)
-no realtime effects
-no dual monitor for rough cut
-no interactive trimming and J-K-L
On the good side
-robust timeline and easy way to create version.
-gestural editing rocks! I have hard time going back to Avid after using smoke.
-DVE is the best 3D tools in the NLE market.
-Tracking/keyking/color correction tools are deep and strong.
-mix res allows you to mix and match footage from any resolution/framerate.