I edit docs, and have cut on FCP and Avid for years. I have access to Smoke 2013 and am trying to decide if there is any point in switching over. I understand that folks use it for compositing, fx and color grading, but do people use it for offline editing rather than finishing?
I have cut long form on Smoke with no issues. 30 min feature magazine style format. So it's very workable.
You will just have to organize your material and use the Thumbnail view to make your edit decisions. You can comfortably hold 30 to 40 clips there and scrub through them.
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it would seem like Smoke could do what you're asking. However, given the massive amounts of footage docs typically bring home I would suspect there may be better alternatives for you....but it depends on what you want/need.
If you're only responsible for editing then something Avid, FCP, Premiere will likely suit you better with scrubbing footage, sorting footage, metadata, etc.
If you're editing, tracking, masking, compositing, color grading then Smoke is possibly a better tool for you. The learning curve for Smoke is a bit steeper than other softwares (i.e. FCP, Avid, Premiere). Although Grant Kay has some great tutorials: https://area.autodesk.com/blogs/discreetuk