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Michael Kammes’ 5 Things – Video editing software

By Randi Altman

Technologist Michael Kammes is back with a new episode of 5 Things, which focuses on simplifying film, TV and media technology. The web series answers, according to Kammes, the “five burning tech questions” people might have about technologies and workflows in the media creation space. This episode tackles professional video editing software being used (or not used) in Hollywood.

Why is now the time to address this segment of the industry? “The market for NLEs is now more crowded than it has been in over 20 years,” explains Kammes. “Not since the dawn of modern NLEs have there been this many questions over what tools should be used. In addition, the massive price drop of NLEs, coupled with the pricing shift (monthly/yearly, as opposed to outright) has created more confusion in the market.”

In his video, Kammes focuses on Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, Lightworks, Blackmagic Resolve and others.

Considering its history and use on some major motion pictures, (such as The Wolf of Wall Street), why hasn’t Lightworks made more strides in the Hollywood community? “I think Lightworks has had massive product development and marketing issues,” shares Kammes. “I rarely see the product pushed online, at user groups or in forums.  EditShare, the parent company of LightWorks, also deals heavily in storage, so one can only assume the marketing dollars are being spent on larger ticket items like professional and enterprise storage over a desktop application.”

What about Resolve, considering its updated NLE tools and the acquisition of audio company Fairlight? Should we expect to see more Resolve being used as a traditional NLE? “I think in Hollywood, adoption will be very, very slow for creative editorial, and unless something drastic happens to Avid and Adobe, Resolve will remain in the minority. For dailies, transcodes or grading, I can see it only getting bigger, but I don’t see larger facilities adopting Resolve for creative editorial. Outside of Hollywood, I see it gaining more traction. Those outlets have more flexibility to pivot and try different tools without the locked-in TV and feature film machine in Hollywood.”

Check it out:

Forbidden intros remote review app for editing tool Forscene

Forbidden, makers of the video editing tool Forscene, has introduced a review app and new UI for the Forscene Virtual Ingest Server running on Mac. These advances will be make it even easier for remote crews and contributors to use Forscene to collaborate on video productions.

The Forscene Review App is an easy-to-use application for reviewing and approving edits on-the-go. Editors working in Forscene’s video editing software simply drag their finished sequences to the review button and drop them there to make their edit available for review.

The app alerts reviewers and makes the sequence available for them to play, scrub through, comment on and approve or reject from their iOS device. Content for review is only available to Forscene account holders with access to the relevant project, but because the app has a custom UI design, reviewers don’t need to be familiar with the Forscene interface to view and provide feedback on the shared content. This makes it an ideal review tool for producers and other executives that don’t have hands-on editing skills.

Forscene’s Virtual Ingest Server was first introduced at NAB 2016 and provides an alternative to traditional hardware-based ingest workflows by running Forscene’s ingest software withing a virtual machine on the user’s laptop or computer.

The new UI and automated setup for Mac users will simplify and speed up the setup process – making it easier for data wranglers on location to automatically create and upload proxies to the Forscene cloud while backing up shoot rushes. The Virtual Ingest Server is currently being used by Curve Media on a new observational documentary series scheduled for broadcast in early 2017.

“Forscene’s virtual ingest server is critical to the workflow of the remote observational doc series we’re currently working on,” says Claire Simpson, series producer at Curve Media. “It allows our editorial team to review and identify key story elements within hours of the shoot, even though the crew is hundreds of miles away. The sheer volume of footage we are uploading combined with the speed in which we can watch it has made the filming period so much easier and more efficient.”

Both the Forscene Review App and the new Forscene Virtual Ingest Server UI are scheduled for release by the end of 2016.