: walter biscardi's Blog
: Avid Media Composer 5 looking like a game changer
So I haven't even seen it yet, but just reading the overview of Avid's new Media Composer 5 announced at NAB, this thing sounds like it could be a real game changer in the communication between it and Final Cut Pro. Especially when it comes to color grading projects. See right now when we get projects from Avid that need to be color graded in Apple's Color, we take the DnxHD files and use Media Manager in FCP to convert the files to Apple ProRes for Color. After the grade is done, we reverse the process to send an Avid DnxHD project back to the Avid house.
Now with native Quicktime support in Avid, we could send an Apple ProRes timeline back to Avid and they will be able to open and finish the project right from that codec.
Also, this means we could capture ProRes footage in Final Cut Pro and share the media with an Avid editor with no need to transcode the material. And vice versa, the Avid editor could capture the material in ProRes if they know the project is going to be shared with an FCP editor. So we're finally getting to the point of what I'll call "Universal Codecs" so the platform you capture with doesn't matter, we can start sharing the exact same media across multiple editing tools.
This is just awesome and for the first time since I've owned my own facility, I am seriously considering adding an Avid workstation or two. Primarily for working with Avid facilities that send us color grading project, but now I can hire either an Avid or FCP freelancer and have the tools ready for whatever they want to cut with. We'll use ProRes across all the edit systems, but if you're comfortable in Avid, then edit in Avid, if you're comfortable in FCP, then edit in FCP. I see Shane Ross talking about the trimming features in Avid being so nice to work with, I'll definitely be diving into the Avid interface myself. Funny, I always thought it would be Apple taking the first step to work more closely with Avid since it's a win win for all the editors out there, but here's Avid taking that first step. That earns a lot of respect from this owner / editor and I'm really looking forward to getting and up close and personal look at Media Composer 5.