Avid Media Composer Adds Software Subscription Option

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Avid is one of the latest software vendors to move to a subscription software model with Media Composer available for a $49.99/mo subscription price. So far, however, Avid is taking a gentler approach to the subscription model by continuing to offer a purchase option to Media Composer in addition to the subscription option. [Read more...]

NEXTO DI NVS2825 is a Powerful Field Video Backup, Review and Editing Solution

NEXTO DI NVS2825

The NEXTO DI NVS2825 is a portable video backup drive with some powerful features. The NEXTO line of backup drives have previously been relegated to serving simple backup drives with some “kinda cool” features; however, the NVS2825 adds some file handling features that make it a most impressive tool for video professionals. [Read more...]

Feature Request: “Favorite Projects List” on Welcome Screen in Premiere Pro

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Every now and then I have a good idea – or at least one that I think is good. Adobe is one of those companies that lets you take your “good ideas” straight to the product teams with a publicly available Feature Request Form.

I probably spend more time in Premiere Pro (the new Creative Cloud version) these days than any other Adobe application, with Lightroom, Media Encoder and Photoshop being next in the list. Premiere Pro is one application that has a truly useful Welcome screen; however, I think it could be better. [Read more...]

Final Cut Pro X Version 10.1.1 Released

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Apple has released Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.1, which provides the following bug fixes.

  • Preserves media files if an external drive or network is disconnected while consolidating a library
  • Resolves an issue with loading audio content in the Music and Sound Browser
  • Fixes a stability issue when applying a Motion effect with Scroll Text behavior
  • Faster switching between proxy media and original or optimized media
  • Improves Timeline responsiveness with very large projects

The update is available through the Mac App Store.

Premiere Pro CC Just Got Its First Update With Several New Features

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Anyone who said Adobe would rest on its laurels with updating its software now that it is subscription only may have a change of heart after seeing how Adobe has already updated Premiere Pro CC. The new update adds 25 new features – several of which I can see speeding up my own workflow.

The first one is a big helper: “create a unique title by duplicating a sequence title.”

Previously, when you alt-drag to copy (a feature introduced in CS6) a title clip in a sequence, it would just duplicate that instance of the title. And, if you made changes to the title, it affected the original clip as well (b/c it’s a duplication of that title clip). Now, if you alt-drag to copy a title clip in a sequence, you get a brand new title clip that you can edit independently of the clip you just copied.

It saves a few mouse clicks for each duplication. And those mouse clicks add up over the course of editing a sequence. I’m pretty happy about this one.

Dragging clips to the source monitor from Finder is another cool one.

The update is available through the Creative Cloud app manager.

Check out the full list of new features below. [Read more...]