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15 November 2009

AVID 4.0 sneak peak!

AVID 4.0 sneak peak!

I had the pleasure of attending LAFCPUG’s Avid 2 Step Last Night with special guest speaker Walter Murch.
The debate between FCP and Avid continues but as these two editing platforms grow with age and offer editors faster solutions, both have become tried and trusted tools for the Editor.
The evening was filled with surprises with appearances by Shane Ross of Little Frog in High Def. as well as Steve Cohen who has been helping Avid design their interface from the very start. I have to say it was a treat seeing the new features in Avid 4.0 unveiled.

One of the things that come up on a daily basis in my edit bay is the inability to drag a clip with an effect attached to it. As soon as you move a clip in the sequence that has, say a cross dissolve on either side of the clip, the transition disappears!

Well, now native to 4.0 you can select a clip with dissolves either in your source timeline or your record side and the dissolve stays with the clip. Even in trim mode or even from inserting from another sequence! I cant tell you how may times I have had to go back to an early sequence and lift out sections only to be told by avid “unable to complete -falls on transition error” well, no more!! We also learned about the Native Mix n Match capabilities of 4.0 adding anything from a pal dv clip to a HD clip with some 23 frame rate clips, add all that mix it up and able to play back smoothly! Certainly Avid has been paying attention to our needs as editors and I look forward to seeing what future versions have in store.

It was great to here from so many knowledgeable people about the inner workings of the new avid and how it relates to Final cut Pro. The highlight of the evening was hearing from one of my personal heroes of editing, Walter Murch. Mr Murch is in Los Angeles working on a new film, the first on Avid in a very Long time. He spoke briefly about the challenges moving between both systems. He also reaffirmed my belief that both FCP and Avid are tools to be used in the act of creating they are not an end to the means.

Here are some highlights from last nights meeting:
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