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Re: Opinions on what NLE to teach on a new BA in Film & Screen Media Production

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Andrew Kimery
Re: Opinions on what NLE to teach on a new BA in Film & Screen Media Production
on Feb 13, 2013 at 11:53:24 pm

One thing that seems to get overlooked with FCP's beginnings is how flexible and scalable it was. Sure, it welcomed DV with open arms but invest in a capture card and faster storage and you could be cutting uncompressed SD (and later HD) with the same system. Avid had a tiered system for DV, SD, HD and even Media Composer for TV and Film Composer for film. FCP's one-stop-shop for formats and frame rates had a huge impact on its popularity. Price did as well but the price differences we are seeing today are no where near the differences of yesteryear.

I don't see the same standard being set w/FCPX. Tapeless acquisition is obviously its strong point but Firewire tape I/O is severely gimped and non-FW tape I/O was ditched out right. I know Apple is playing the long game but I wonder if they showed their hand too soon (I've wondered this since FCPX was launched). With how long it takes the industry as a whole to transition I think Avid and Adobe will have time to more gracefully bridge the gap that Apple abruptly jumped over. Time will tell though.

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