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March 25, 2008

Angry Man Tilts at at Windmills

StudioDaily is hosting a rant from Scott Simmons about all those darned kids and their Final Cut Pro. He's upset that us young punks don't respect the old ways of doing things. While there is surely some truth in that, I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing.

It's a common criticism in many technical fields - essentially, it's gotten too easy/affordable to do something that was once a protected trade. The influx of new users brings folks of all skill levels, and with all kinds of attitudes about the way the world should work. Final Cut makes it "too easy" to be an editor, so existing editors that have had to work hard for their skills feel threatened.

It's worth a read, if only to get a rise out of people.

Posted by at 11:37 AM

March 18, 2008

EX1 versus Red versus F23

Cute!

 Images Uploads Redandf23

Posted by at 8:57 PM

Avid knifes Xpress Pro, drops the price on Media Composer

Avid announced today that they're discontinuing the Xpress Pro line of editing software, and cutting the price on Media Composer to $2495 from $4995. Students can purchase it for just $295.

Very interesting news. This means the least expensive Avid editing platform is double the cost of the Final Cut Studio bundle. Presumably for most folks in the business, $1200 isn't a huge deciding factor one way or another, but it may be a sign that Avid doesn't see as much value in the lowest end customers as they'd hoped.

Posted by at 8:48 PM

March 14, 2008

Nice video on the HDMI cable scam

The CBC did a nice little piece on the scam of high priced HDMI cables. Keep in mind they're Canadian, so $260 for a cable is like, $5000 US.

I've been quite happy pushing 1080p over the $5-$10 cables I got through Amazon.

Posted by at 9:14 AM

March 12, 2008

DR60 and FCP - followup

Apparently the URL hasn't been working to get the plugin for FCP to support the Sony DR60.

Here's a link that works.

Posted by at 8:26 PM

YouTube API is a whole bowl of awesome

YouTube has announced a really extensive API which lets you upload videos, add/update metadata, and do pretty much everything else you'd hope to find in a YouTube API.

Exciting.

Posted by at 2:26 PM