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Andrew Kimery
Re: And the lightbulb goes on...
on Jan 31, 2014 at 9:38:40 pm

[Craig Seeman] "FWIW I don't see as many people moving from FCP7 to PremierePro or Avid saying they are significantly faster. Maybe because they are significantly similar and people are only making marginal changes in workflow."

I think going to FCPX certainly forces the user to rethink their methods in a way that going between FCP7, PPro and Avid MC do not. Many people will try to shoehorn in their 'tried and true' methods of working into Avid, Legend and/or PPro even if it's counter productive. All though we should always hit the 'refresh' button when learning new NLEs FCPX is really the only one that forces us to do so so completely.

W/regards to speed, a couple months ago I started a project on PPro CC (it's what the shop used, though I'd barely done more than open the software) and just thanks to the improved tools over FCP7 (multicam, native editing, etc.,) I was able work much faster than if I had been using FCP7 (or Avid MC). Maybe since I didn't have to struggle to reach the 'eureka!' moment I was less inclined to share my experience as there weren't really any obstacles of note to overcome before I saw in increase in productivity?

With regards to Avid, I've worked on shows where I just don't think it's possible (or at least not pragmatic) to cut them on any other NLE so in those cases I'm not making speed comparisons in my head because I don't think there's anything to compare. lol As an example, one of the show's I'm talking about is a multi-editor setup (8-10 editors and a couple of AE's) sharing media on an ISIS, using a traditional offline/online workflow (finishing is done out of house) and each project contains about 30,000-35,000 pieces of media. No, I'm not exaggerating. The editors have access to all media from all previous seasons so the amount of footage just keeps going up. Surprisingly Avid's search tool is pretty responsive given how much data there is (typically returning queries in a few seconds).

There are certainly aspects of FCPX that sound very appealing (like auditions) and maybe this year I'll come across a project that will allow me to jump feet first into X.

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