Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ableton, Final Cut Pro 6, New Edit Suite

Back from Labor Day and it feels like the end of summer already. Too bad. Thankfully I have been busy with some good projects.

First of all I am in the process of getting Apple Certified for Final Cut Pro 6, the new NLE from Apple that is part of Final Cut Studio 2 ( I am already FCP 5 certified, see below). FCP6 is a very powerful editing program and used in combination with Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2 and Color becomes and all encompassing post-production suite.

Speaking of sweet suites, we have just purchased a Mac Pro G5 Titanium 2 x 3Ghz processors Quad Core Intel Xeon with 5Gb of ram. In addition we installed a Sunix Firewire 400 and Firewire 800 PCI express card to handle the extra drives and speed things up. We go I/O with a Blackmagic DeckLink HD Extreme swithchable HD/SD video card that supports 1080 lines at 23.98 progressive, 25 progressive, 30 progressive, 50 interlace, 59.94 interlace, 60 interlace, 720 lines at 50 progressive, 59.94 progressive and 60 progressive, additionally all native SD formats. So basically we're smokin'. We can handle your editing and remastering jobs, no problem.

While Soundtrack Pro is a highly capable sound editing and mixing tool, I prefer to use Ableton Live 6 for audio building. With its intuitive performance oriented interface, I can compose and mix in a free way. This is very important since a lot of our work is music driven. Ableton added video playback support to Live 6 which makes it easier to time the tracks. In fact I am in the process of finishing off a job for the good folks at Ableton, Inc in New York. We are remastering the video for their Promotional and Tutorial DVD, which features great insider tips on how to get the best out of Live 6.

Also just polished off a job for the good folks at 3 Rings Media in New York.

Well, that's it for now, back to my Final Cut Pro 6 training manual.

P.S. We are also in the process of rebuilding our audio suite, I will update in a future blog. Thanks.

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