I am working on a project with a 3D artist who is on windows and doesn\\\'t support QuickTime ( I guess he means his app is not tuned to work with QuickTime). I have fcs3 and have a number of ingested files that I need to send him. His preferred container is avi but I am struggling to create avis that retain the quality ( as the codec options are cinepak or dv).
Is there a tried and tested way to roundtrip files between mac and pc?
Yes on the image sequence, I've done it for years. But I'd recommend Targa files, which are actually video files and work better in that color space. And have him work in progressive, no interlacing and let that happen when you drop it into your timeline. That usually eliminates some problems. Unless he really has to do field rendering, then make sure he's using the same you are.
Combustion? Bingo. It's not at all bad, just the same as their distributed processing. How about using DropBox or Sugarsync to sync a directory to the two machines and link them over the internet? A free account should (used to anyway) accommodate 2 gigs worth of files? I've been using a shared DropBox directory to keep an entire FCS studio project in sync on two machines for a few months now.