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June 21, 2006

Macbook editing continued

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I've been working on cutting together a short trailer of some material shot in 1080i60 HDV using Final Cut Studio on my Macbook. I'll post a link later today when the final cut is ready, but I wanted to make note of a few things I experienced.

First off, I'm cutting with the Apple Intermediate Codec, because somebody can't be buggered to add quicktime support to their product ("It'll ship in April! No May! No June!" ... ). This means I'm working with 100mbit footage instead of 25mbit HDV. This seems to be right on the edge of what the Macbook drive can reasonably stream at a consistent framerate, and things go a bit stuttery when you start adding in multiple streams. But things have stayed stable, which is good.

The next thing I've found is that all is not well in the world of Motion. Some effects, particularly some of the glow effects, don't seem to display correctly. Presumably this is due to the integrated graphics not supporting the needed features. What's interesting is that the program keeps on working without complaint.

Soundtrack Pro, as always, was flawless to work with.

I haven't noticed any other glitches that I can attribute to the Macbook. In fact, I've been a bit surprised at how stable the whole suite has been - no crashes or significant hiccups over 30+ hours of use.

Posted by at June 21, 2006 9:48 AM | Reviews

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