20 plus year post veteran (long live CMX! ), recent P2 convert. Am I correct in assuming that both Imagine Products HD log and Final Cut Server will both give me logging and archiving tools but that HD log will allow me to work directly with the cards whereas FC server will not.... are they both in the same playing field or are they two totally different animals? If you could only buy one, which would you buy? We would also be using these programs with non P2 sourced material. I am going to see the Final Cut Server demo in Dallas tomorrow but I would like to find out as much as I can tonight.
They're actually quite different. FCS is not capable of directly ingesting from P2 as HD Log can. On the other hand FCS is setup to track not only .MOV files but pretty much every other piece of media you have in a project. FCS's primary function is organizing media across a SAN whereas HD Log is aimed at the single user edit system.