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Old September 15th, 2002, 09:56 PM   #1
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xPressDV users...

I think everyone can say it's a great program....Is the Power pack a good investment? The only effects I forsee using, and typical TV/film wipes (nothing home-movie0ish), fades, flares, and blur. For an extra $1000 CDN I'd hope three would be lots of useful plugins.

I've ordered the xPressDV demo CD, but you guys are an invaluable resource being real-world users of the program.
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Old September 16th, 2002, 05:49 AM   #2
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I managed to have a quick play with DV Xpress and there are two things I really dislike about it. Maybe they can be changed with options, but with my short time on it I couldn't find any way. Please someone tell me if they can be changed, cause I love the program if it wasn't for these two things. They are.

1) It only handles files up to 2gig in size. If you have an AVI bigger and add it to your project, then it stops at 2gig. You have to go out and split it up.

2) All the footage gets converted into Quicktime when you import. This is ridiculous and I hope it can be changed. Importing a 1.5gig file takes many minutes. None of the other editing programs I've used (Premiere and VV) have to do this. Wierd.

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Old September 16th, 2002, 01:30 PM   #3
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I'll assume you have the full retail version of xPressDV. I can see a demo version limiting you like that (though most demos dont even let you save projects, period.)

I can't tell you for sure, but your 2 Gig limit may be due to your file system. A lot of software have single-file limits of up to 2 GB when using FAT32. Windows users, like myself, will use NTFS do get over this hurdle. I'm not familiar with MAC file systems, but since almost every major production house uses MACs, I wouldn't think there is a problem with file limitations there.

But for us Windows users, a dedicated NTFS drive is a very good idea.
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Old September 17th, 2002, 09:12 AM   #4
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I have the power pack version of the Avid XpressDV. My experience is this... if you plan to SHOOT FILM, edit on dv and then conform the negative, then the power pack is invaluable. Otherwise, save the money and spend it on other plug ins for compsiting and effects.
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