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 20 terabytes on a Drobo and it’s so full it’s spilling over onto external 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!

I also make my way around Final Cut X, more or less abandoning my long time workhorse Final Cut 7. X is certainly quirky and different, hailed by many (myself included) as “iMovie on steroids.” It was nearly useless on release but has gotten a lot better and I have actually used it on a few sharp gigs lately. It has some amazing log and organize features that can be very useful. Adobe has also stepped up and for shorter and more effects heavy work their Premiere suite with After Effects is crazy good.


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