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Old August 15th, 2005, 05:26 PM   #1
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The big decisions..

Hi there, I'm new to the forum so hello to you all.

I have a question which on the surface seems like a 'which programme is best' but which is actually a practicality based question.

I am based in the UK (London) and am planning in the near future to move my skills (graphic design for print and interactive, compositing etc) to a full editing based career. I have done a small amount off off-line work in the past and have found I seem to have the required timing skills etc. Now my question is, from a training point of view, where should I invest time and money to make the most of the work opportunities out there, off-line and online.

The main choices as I see them are:

Avid
Autodesk (Discreet Fire or Smoke)
Final Cut Pro

As far as programmes go, I know they are all very competant and they will cover all the bases, but some are better suited to certain time-frames and deadlines etc.

So, anyone out there in the field who could offer some pratical advice. All of this is of course dependent on my skill level, but lets ignore that for now and assume I am up to the job ;o)

Thanks in advance

J
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Old August 15th, 2005, 05:41 PM   #2
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Jay,

Can't speak for the UK or London, but here in the states, AVID is more industry oriented, and FCP is more indy-shop oriented. Follow me? AVID skills are more normally called upon by broadcast and film production companies, while FCP is more often used in advertising agencies, small production companies and indy film makers. SO that might have a bearing on where you put your time.

Of course, in the end, the more you can do... the more you will do.
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Old August 15th, 2005, 07:27 PM   #3
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Thanks Richard, that makes sense from what I've seen in the UK, the Post houses I've worked with have had a Discreet bias for the online work. Uptill now I've seen FCP used a lot as an off-line tool by the production companies, and then it's sent off to a post house where they do the online stuff at a blistering quick rate, at princely sums of 700 + an hour.

I see where you're coming from " the more you can do... the more you will do". Hopefully this thread will aid me in making the right initial descisions to ensure as smooth a transition as possible, and then develop in other areas over time.

Cheers

J
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