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Walter Soyka
Re: My wish is
on May 20, 2011 at 8:02:30 pm

[Simon Ubsdell] "There are very good reasons why compositing, grading, and audio finishing apps look and feel so different from each other and from editing apps. They each have totally different UI requirements in order to maximize the efficiency of their individual processes. "

I've made this comment in other threads as well, but I think that what we're all looking for is not necessarily a unified application, but a unified data model and media database.

Autodesk has something like this with Wire allowing libraries and media to be shared among workstations on a network, but I'm talking about an even deeper degree of shared data.

FCP, Color, STP, Motion, etc. are all fundamentally applications that store and process information about creative decisions with media clips and effects over time. If they could all "understand" their own parts of the same timeline and refer to media based on a centrally-organized database -- instead of each application creating its own separate interpretation of the original editorial timeline -- we could have all the power and flexibility that the separate apps provide without all the pain of round-tripping. This would create entirely new workflows and offer new possibilities.

Bonus points if the database is multi-user. The necessity of picture lock before audio sweetening and color grading could disappear entirely. Editorial would be the hub, and the other departments could work on their shots or their scenes throughout the process.

Whether this would be a good thing or a bad thing may be a matter of personal opinion. Whether Apple is pursuing anything like this or not will be evident in another month's time.

Walter Soyka
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