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.
March 18, 2008
EX1 versus Red versus F23
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.
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.
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.
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.