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Kenny Miracle
CatDV vs FileMaker Pro
on Dec 9, 2011 at 11:55:31 pm

Hey Everyone!

I'm setting up the editing suite for a series of documentaries that will likely accumulate over 1000 hours of footage.

Having an awesome database to locate specific footage will be essential for years to come. Currently, there is nothing set up.

There will be between 2-4 Macs total over a shared network of about 50TB. Currently we're editing in FCP 7, but will likely switch to Premiere down the road.

I'm debating between using CatDV, FileMaker Pro, or (maybe) Adobe Bridge.

Just looking for a clear, user-friendly solution for a multi-editor workflow.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

Kenny Miracle
Producing | Editing | Motion Graphics
http://www.kennymiracle.com


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bryson jones
Re: CatDV vs FileMaker Pro
on Dec 10, 2011 at 1:06:28 am

Very different things.

This is a bit much to go over in a forum post. Contact a dealer, get a demo of CatDV, or check out the demos on youtube or catdvexperts.com.

There is not a lot of comparison between CatDV's server system and Bridge and FMP. It's more like a merging of those two products.

For instance, and this is about all I can go into, CatDV can automatically ingest your video footage, extract pertinent metadata (automatically) and then enter that into your database, automatically meaning that you don't have to type names, or locations, or codec or, or, or... you get it. Additionally it can handle hundreds of thousands to million assets.

CatDV is more in the range of Dalet or North Plains or Media Beacon as far as comparisons go and if you want to look at Apples vs. Apples. Price-wise, CatDV starts in the thousands of dollars for a server-based system whereas the others you mention are a few hundred at most.

Final answer, CatDV scales better than Bridge and handles media better than Filemaker but is in a different price range from both.

bryson

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Kenny Miracle
Re: CatDV vs FileMaker Pro
on Dec 13, 2011 at 3:58:33 pm

Bryson - Thanks for this response. It does bring clarity to going about finding a solution. It seems CatDV may be the best route due to the automation & interface already set for video projects.

Thanks!

Kenny Miracle
Producing | Editing | Motion Graphics
http://www.kennymiracle.com


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