Episode 41: The fallout from Bunim Murray’s NLE choice

Starting with the decision to go to Media Composer at Bunim Murray, Terence and Philip discuss the state of NLEs today and the business behind them. Its a long show and it covers a lot.

Episode 40: Will we be outsourced or automated out of existence?

In this episode Terence and Philip discuss the outsourcing of editing jobs, remote (a.k.a cloud) editing and automation in production. What’s happening now and how will it evolve in the near future. Philip also sneaks in a preview of an interesting show he’ll be involved with in 2012.

Thanks Alex Talavera for editing and making us sound intelligent.

Episode 39: What is the future of the post house?

Starting with an article “Hollywood & the Job Crisis” that leads to be a discussion about constantly changing business model. Right now the model seems to be “how low can you go” which is ultimately self defeating. Where do you go from here? Talent and desire are what will sell. How did post houses get to this, and what will the future hold? What is your Unique Selling Proposition?

Many thanks to Curtis Fritsch for editing and making us sound smarter.

Episode 38: Three NLEs, three approaches to 64 bit.

In this episode Terence and Philip discuss the different approaches to updating their NLEs to 64bit modern architectures, with a particular emphasis on Media Composer 6, Avid’s just-released 64 bit update to the venerable Media Composer.

Thanks again to Curtis Fritsch for editing and making us sound smarter than we are.

Episode 37: Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1

The discussion starts with a discussion of the release of Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1. We know what features are in this release and what else is coming in “early 2012” but what will Apple do for Version 2?

Terence and Philip discuss Intelligent Assistance’s new release Project X27 for transferring Final Cut Pro X XML to Final Cut Pro 7 XML for use in Color, Soundtrack Pro, Premiere Pro CS 5.5, OMF export and beyond. This leads to a discussion about the various flavors of XML and the differences in data structures between the two versions of Final Cut Pro. The differences between the publicly available FCPXML and the internal AXEL XML format used by Apple internally and for the Automatic Duck OMF/AAF export from Final Cut Pro X.

We briefly discuss the Automatic Duck changes in that context.

Back to the Final Cut Pro X discussion we talk about how fast Final Cut Pro X is in practical editing, and where the deal breakers may be for certain editors.



Many thanks to Curtis Fritsch for editing and making us sound smarter.

Episode 36: What’s interesting to us (Film is Dead)

A series of topics starting with large sensor cameras in production, the November 3 announcements from Canon Professional video, RED and Avid. Then on to the death of film, the cinema experience, and the problems of 3D.

We’ve been predicting the demise of the Mac Pro in the current form fact for some time, and during this early October recording, we discuss what has this week become rumor: the demise of the heavy iron workstation. (And the value of SSD.)

Terry reports from the Monitor shootout day sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance, and HPA sponsored workflows.

We also get onto the future of Apple after the loss of Steve Jobs (just like everyone else!), leading to a discussion of who invented what?

The implications of Siri for postproduction: specialist tools vs generalists tools.


Many thanks to Curtis Fritsch for editing and making us sound smarter.

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Episode 35: The Templatorization of “Creativity”

The trend toward basing creative endeavors on templates has been a trend for many years, culminating in Hollywood’s use of its history as templates for its current production.

Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on whether you value your personal creativity, or you’re pushing a budget to get a project finished.

Thanks to Curtis Fritsch for editing the show and making us sound intelligent.

Episode 34: Transmedia

In this show Terence and Philip tackle Transmedia, the successor to “multi-media”. Transmedia is the extension of a program to more ways for the audience to interact with the program, story and characters. Is Transmedia the future of television?

Thanks to Alpha Dogs intern Sean Yap for editing the show and making us sound intelligent.

Episode 33: Concepts of editing

In this episode Terence and Philip consider the concepts of editing introduced with Final Cut Pro X, and who it might be made for. One thing for sure, Philip doesn’t like you using the word “Prosumer”!

Episode 32: Final Cut Pro X, and the response, a month later

In this episode Terence and Philip discuss how the postproduction landscape has changed a month after Final Cut Pro X was revealed. How has the competition responded and how has the Final Cut Pro community has reacted. Lots of discussion on the launch and subsequent response to Final Cut Pro X, touching on every aspect of the release.

Why is there an emotional connection with creatives and their tools? Where do Final Cut Pro 7 users go? Who is really focused on NLEs in professional postproduction? Oh, and yes, Philip has new software for Final Cut Pro X (inspired by Terry in part).

Many thanks to Isai Espinoza for editing the show again and making us sound smart.