For the past year and a half I have been working at a facility that uses Apple's Motion as the center of their workflow. I have come to like the speed of it's graphics hardware driven design, and the structure of it's timeline. But what I don't like is its lack of 3d geometry or at least extruded objects.
A long time ago I was pretty proficient in Boris FX as it was the motion graphics engine of a previous NLE platform I used to work on. So with the release of Red 5 I downloaded the trial last week and will be spending some time using it as a stand alone mo' graf tool recreating some projects I've previously done to see how the workflow translates.
I use Avid FX (Boris Red 4) as a standalone effects generator for a lot my work and I find it very useful as I can create and render titles / FX etc on one workstation whilst editing on another.
I export my rendered clips with alpha channel as QT mov files and import those into Media Composer.
In my experience despite a revamp and a change of UI colours Red 5 is not that much different to work with in comparison to previous versions.
Although a lot more filters and effects have been added.
So if you have some experience on earlier versions of Boris Red / Avid FX then you should be okay.
However I am having a number of stability issues with Red 5 and have had to go back to Avid FX for paying work.
I have raised this with Boris FX although after some initial enthusiasm in helping me, the support line seems to have gone quiet and I have had no feedback from them for the last few days.
So at this point I am back on Avid FX and Red 5 is really just an icon on my desktop.