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Old January 10th, 2010, 06:51 PM   #1
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What is the pc nle equivalent to Mac Final Cut?

I am looking to upgrade my nle but want to stay on a windows platform. Final Cut seems to be an industry standard, but what nle is the pc equivalent to Macs Final Cut? I'm talking in terms of stability and overall capeabilities. I'm currently using Pinnacale Studio 12.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:01 PM   #2
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AVID is also an industry std for PC.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:22 PM   #3
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In terms of how it works and what it does, Premiere is for the PC what FCP is for the Mac. They were apparently written by the same guy.

Avid is not for humans.

But it depends upon what you are doing. FCP and Premiere are both more suited for short form material, while Avid is more commonly used for features, from what I've seen.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:51 PM   #4
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Avid is not for humans.
Ok, help me out here.

I've seen numerous comments like this about Avid. Yet it remains a film industry standard. I downloaded it a couple weeks ago for a trial expecting the worst after reading comments like this. I felt comfortable with it very quickly.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:54 PM   #5
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Avid can be very expensive of course for the higher end products. It did not seem as difficult for me either. I would recommend Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere however. Vegas seems to support the most formats and is easiest to use. I use Premiere myself because I work with the whole Creative Suite; Photoshop, After Effects, Encore, etc. Download tryout versions and see what suits you best.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 07:57 PM   #6
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Perrone--

Um, it was sort of a joke. You're smarter than most, as evidenced by your posts around here, but the conventional wisdom is that Avid is still around really as a legacy product, hanging on from when it was the first/only NLE out there, and not designed, as you pointed out, with the computer user in mind, because there weren't any computer users yet.

But once you get the hang of it, it's apparently fine. I tried it and after a few hours, just burst into tears and uninstalled it. I felt like I was on Mars. But then, I feel the same way when I look at a Mac.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 09:13 PM   #7
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Interesting. Perrone, I wouldn't have placed much stock in your impressions of Vegas after two weeks of using its trial version either. You will get to know Avid's quirks and bugs soon enough. What you will also learn is that the biggest complaint that many have about AVID is that they spend an inordinate amount of energy preening for their stockholders and by comparison precious little on their customers. The quaint UI that you are so enamored with is described by many as an arcane relic from the past that the company is too cheap to update. They have been losing money for years. In fairness, your company (who is writing the check for it) needs to know that as well.

Please do us all a favor. Continue to share your impressions of Avid MC as you BEGIN to get to know it but spare us all of the pedantic remarks. We are all getting a little weary of it and we want the old Perrone back. We have very much appreciated all of the helpful advice that you have shared with us in the past but be careful to not let your hat size get too big. Describe your impressions of MC as you see them but you don't need to wrap your comments in snide criticisms of other products and users.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 09:17 PM   #8
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the conventional wisdom is that Avid is still around really as a legacy product
Adam, no disrespect intended, but you should be careful chucking out comments like that. It's just so completely untrue. Do some research about Avid vs. Final Cut's penetration into broadcast and film editing. I think Apple has been better at marketing lately than Avid, but that doesn't make Final Cut a better NLE per se. Both are great professional programs with their own strengths and weaknesses.

From my own perspective, I started on Premiere (self-taught) moved on to Avid and found it easy to pick up. Last year I bought Final Cut and am still struggling to figure it out. It feels so slow compared to Avid that I want to slit my wrists when I'm using it. But I need to learn it because it's one of the two big NLEs, and an editor has to know both. There are things I feel Final Cut does better, and vice versa, but I still find Avid much easier and faster.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 11:03 PM   #9
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I have to agree with my dear friend Vito, AVID rules and FCP drools. But with educational facilities turning out more and more FCP kids the new generation of editors are certainally leaning towards FCP. As for AVID no other NLE even comes close to its media management system. I think that whoever commented about the two handed style of editing nailed it, I can cut faster with the keyboard and mouse working together than I ever can just with the mouse.

Without a doubt FCP is a professional option but it seems all the big, award winning movies and broadcast are cut on AVID-theres a reason-- when $ are on the table and there are no excuses allowed pros choose the best. AVID workflows may not be the Swiss Army knife of editting, but when the job needs doing it delivers world class performance. With the new pricing structure for MC placing it in the same range as FCP it really should rise to the top of poularity again as it will become more accessible for new users. Not long ago MC was a $20k plus solution, now its under $2k for a software only workstation.

Try it, you'll like it.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 11:50 PM   #10
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Jim I get it. You don't care for Avid. That's cool.
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Old January 11th, 2010, 12:04 AM   #11
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FCP is not the industry standard, Avid is.

If you want something like FCP in that works in a PC, the answer is FCP...in a Hackintosh. There's a dongle that makes running Leopard on a PC fairly easy.
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Ok guys, time to dial it back a bit. We keep it friendly around here. As always, it's best to express your knowledge about a certain workflow, product, etc. without putting editorial on top of it.

Bottom line is, use what works for you and your needs or, the needs of your employer.

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Old January 11th, 2010, 08:16 AM   #13
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Please do us all a favor.
The tone of your post won't be tolerated here either. If someone's post offends you, use the "Report Post" button located at the side of every post. This will alert Chris and the moderators to take a look and decide what action to take.

That's why I said you guys need to dial it back a few notches. lest it get out of control quickly.

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Old January 11th, 2010, 08:55 AM   #15
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Well based on my interpretation and research that I have done, it appears that AVID, Adobe and Sony Vegas is on the top of the list. I currently use Pinnacle and Im wondering if the AVID work flow is somewhat similar since its in the same family. I downloaded a trial version of Edius which I liked, but it seems that not as many people are familer with it which may make it difficult if I need assistance with projects. Im sure that I could download trial versions of each, but getting to know each one could be quite time consuming. I guess I will have to do a little more research.
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