I have cut on anything and everything. I started out on tape-to-tape systems, in massive rooms with racks of decks and time-base-correctors and other boxes nobody could understand, I even learned to cut film on Steinbeck and other splice and dice machines.
Then came Avid. It was a blessing and a curse. The old systems used to crash more often than they would start up. And when they did run, all they seemed to do was render onto those ancient drives the size of a small car that we were so impressed could hold as much as 9 gigabytes! How could anyone ever need more than that? Now I have 15 terabytes on a Drobo and it’s so full it’s spilling over onto external firewire drives…
I still love Avid. For long form storytelling it’s the best choice out there. For media management it’s unbeatable. For flexibility and keeping up with the times… They’ve actually gotten a lot better! The new AMA is great, and ScriptSync is amazing.
So what about Final Cut? What Final Cut? It’s been killed off and replaced by iMovie on steroids. It’s a shame, not because Final Cut was so fantastic but because it was a great source of competition for the good ol’ boys. Apple forced Avid to get smarter, faster and cheaper. Adobe stepped up and for shorter and more effects heavy work their Premiere suite with After Effects is crazy good.
With Picture Lab Entertainment I currently run a FinalCut based workflow but in the next year I’m pretty sure we will be moving back to Avid, with DaVinci for color correction. Having been an Avid user since the inception, I’m excited to be switching back.