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Old March 10th, 2009, 05:41 AM   #1
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Avid's MC 3.5 Supports 24F

Just wanted to let you guys know that Avid's most recent version of Media Composer supports Canon's 24F format. I've read a lot of about workarounds for 24F, so I thought I'd post this in case some of the Avid users missed it.

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Old March 10th, 2009, 11:47 AM   #2
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It's about time! Had they done that 3 years ago I'd be on MC today instead of FCP.
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Old June 16th, 2009, 05:08 PM   #3
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I don't mean to necro an older thread, but I've read some slightly disturbing info about the 24F fix on Avid's Community forums.

I'm still on MC 2.8, and was looking at sinking the money to upgrade to 3.5 for the sole purpose of native 24F support. But apparently, according to several users, MC doesn't capture timecode on 24F footage, making batch-captures impossible.

The way I read it was, I'm still better off using Premiere for Canon XH footage. I'm tired of workarounds for this sort of thing. I thought they fixed it but it appears to be just a bone thrown at us Canon users.

Can anyone else confirm, or do you know a way to fix this lack-of-timecode issue?

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Old June 16th, 2009, 08:06 PM   #4
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Makes you wonder why FCP did it in 2006, Sony Vegas did it about a year or so later, and Avid still can't get it right? What's that all about....
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Old June 17th, 2009, 04:48 PM   #5
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No joke. Bill, I assume you haven't gone back to MC since this update?

I'd like to know others' first hand experience with this update. I may be saving the money and just adopting FCP as well, when and if they announce FCS 3. Oughta save me at least a grand by doing that anyway lol
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Old June 18th, 2009, 05:00 PM   #6
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Nope, I've grown happy with FCP. I started editing with Avid's MC in about 1996, bought expensive upgrades until about 2003, and we had two full systems, then switched to their XpressPro which did everything we needed that MC did at much less cost. Then when everybody thought they were dropping Mac, we moved to FCP. Then in 2007 I started doing a different sort of production for somebody else and needed to buy a new system. I thought about going back to Avid because it was faster and easier than FCP for the type of editing I'd be doing. However, I had also switched from big cameras to the XH A1 and was shooting everything 24F. That let Avid out of the picture entirely.

And, quite frankly, once you get really proficient with FCP, you can edit just about as fast with it as Avid, and it's better for some things, not as good for others, so they end up about equal. And FCP has no problems with 24F. There's a book I found essential when moving from Avid to FCP. It's "Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors." Until I got that book, FCP seemed hopeless to me. Now I like it.
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