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Old December 27th, 2006, 11:45 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Steve Mullen
In my HDV@Work series I had Sequence with mixed 720p30, 1080i60, DV 4:3, DV 16:9 and cell phone MPEG-1. From it I made 720p, 1080i60, DV 4:3 anamorphic, DV letterboxed, and even PAL letterboxed.

Now I'll admit this is not a typical work load as it was an experiment, but I found it very EZ to create the Timeline and then let the software auto-create each output I wanted.

I understand that most posters use FCP and that's not likely to change. But, there are NLEs (Xpress Pro, EDIUS, Liquid, Vegas) that are ahead of FCP in handling mixed resolutions and aspect ratios. So I agree that for the FCP user who must deliver 4:3 this is an ommision. But, if you move past the Premiere/FCP model -- it isn't so terrible.

If read my series, I desribe how simple it is to do a key-framed Pan & Scan which is far better than a center cut.

Ok. My friends brand new system is up and running correctly now AND I got a big snoot full of FCP. It took a while to get it all configured and running smoothly.

I ended up creating several profiles or "Easy Setups" as its called so he could quickly move from one video format to the next. He does betaSP and DV depending on whats required. I also made a HDV setup because I'm sure he will be renting my V1U from me after last night. ;)

This was a very different experience from Pinnacle/Avid or Adobe.

I know its all in what you learned on but FCP 5 has got to be one of the least efficent and non-intuative interfaces I've ever seen in my life. Even the owner was having issues with it and he has been a FCP user for several years. I'm not saying that its a piece of junk or anything like that but WOW.. The learning curve I think is a lot steeper than it should be for an application like this. Capturing several different video clips in different formats is not fun. You have to change the system setup before you can change formats.

Anyway, on a side note he loved the VU1 and the footage looked great on his huge HD computer monitor. :)

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