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Andrew Kimery
Re: And the lightbulb goes on...
on Feb 4, 2014 at 10:32:08 am

[Jeremy Garchow] "So, while it's not perfect, I am wondering at least from a sharing standpoint, what is so different about FCPX and FCP7? I would think that if you can generate FCPXMLs, or can send a Library to someone on the same network, it is very similar to how FCP7 would work in that each editor is an island unto themselves."

I've never used FCP Legend on as large a scale as I have Avid so I can't make '7 to X' workflow guesstimate. To be honest, even on the smaller scale that I used it on (12 editors, 60TB Xsan, mostly a mix of daily web content and a weekly cable news magazine show) it was such a PITA that I'd never choose to use on bigger projects like I mentioned previously. Obviously people like Mark Raudonis and his team (as well as others) figured out how to use FCP Legend effectively in large scale facilities and my hat's off to them.

When I was using FCP Legend in a multi-editor environment we made it work (ex. we never missed a deadline even when turnaround on the TV show was just 48hrs on occasion) but it was never what I would call smooth nor elegant. We were obviously shoehorning FCP into a role it wasn't very well suited for. After 5yrs of that I ended up back on Avid on a reality show and the difference was night and day. I was giddy as a school girl being back in Avid's multi-editor environment. Sure Avid still treats stills as video, the FX mode is horribly antiquated and resolution & frame rate are set at the project level (WTF Avid, it's 2014!) but there's nothing I'd rather use currently than Avid + ISIS if I'm doing something like a big reality show (ScriptSync is also ridiculously useful).

In the next day or so I'm going to write up my basic big project, Avid multi-user workflow and spin this discussion off into it's own thread to see how you guys would try and use X to tackle a similar scenario. My initial assumption is to agree with Steve Connor that X has a long way to go in this regard but I'd still like to get an idea of where X is at.


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