Saturday, August 30, 2014

Re: [Avid-L2] EXAMPLE: Why Interface Customization is important

 

I'm one of those "kids" and the first time I saw the customization features (in MC4), I thought, "this is the ugliest piece of software I've ever seen" (hyperbole).  I'm all for customization, but at least make the choices look good.  Even the current iteration doesn't look that great compared to FCPX, PPro, Lightworks, Smac, Resolve, Scratch, Maya, Mocha, Nuke, zBrush, Photoshop, etc., etc.  The only interfaces I've seen that look worse than MC are Piranha and DS.  I'll bet anything that DS would have lasted a little longer if they modernized the UI beyond the Windows 95 era. 


On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM, Benjamin Hershleder Ben@ContactBen.com [Avid-L2] <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 



On Aug 30, 2014, at 2:40 PM, "'Job ter Burg (L2B)' Job_L2@terburg.com [Avid-L2]" <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 
Yes Ben, 

But then "folks in product management" saw Avid customers create "crazy customizations" and they had a concern that these would "effectively destroy the Avid brand". And of course we cannot have anyone destroy the Avid brand but Avid itself, now, can we.


J (still gets mad whenever he reads that thread, wouldn't mind some +1's in that thread) 



+1 ;)

It was an ill advised decision, and should be rectified.
It's was actually one of the strengths/selling points of the system.

If someone is happier and more productive with a Pink or Blue Interface,
who cares?!! They bought and use the software . . . all . . . day . . . long.

And I'll add that MC is recognizable no matter the colors of the UI.

And I'll add another: OK, never mind the fogies like me, that have been using MC/FC since '94 (and many of you even earlier!), 
the "kids" will love it . . . and they are the future of the company.

/rant

Now, back to wishing that drag and drop editing was fully baked, 
and that we could turn off Auto Keyframing . . . etc.

Cheers,

Benjamin 



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Re: [Avid-L2] Audio channels

 

I would delete at least 5-6. Right now, we're working with Sony F55 media and I get rid of tracks A3-A8 and D.  We have the Mix on A1 and the shotgun on A2.  We always keep cam audio on there for syncing purposes just in case the mix drops out (which it does at least once per shoot week). 


On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM, harris_ara@fastmail.fm [Avid-L2] <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

 
Dealing (offlining) with a show that has 6 channels of audio on the main cam that is radio mikes on 1 and 2 (useable) and cam mike on 3 and 4 (never used) and as far as I can see  duplicates on 5 and 6. Have to sync up gopro footage (provided by the facility (wav files). I like to delete audio I don't use, and I don't like to work with more than 12 channels of audio overall.
 
Is there really any reason to keep these other channels of audio?
 
Al
 
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Re: [Avid-L2] Optimizing drive transfer speed when copying two files to a usb ext drive?

 

To my understanding, rsync 3 doesn't speed up the transfer of files, just speeds up rsync. If you're going for speed, I've had success using ditto in the terminal.  It seems to be faster than rsync and my files accurately copy down to the very last bite.  The command I use (without parenthesis) is:

ditto -V (directory) (directory)

V for verbosity which shows you transfer information.  Without it, ditto will only tell you when the entire process is complete. 

The directories in ditto work a little different from rsync in that the source directory will copy everything inside of it, whereas rsync will include the actual source folder that you type into the command.

Ditto also seems to be a little friendlier with LTO.


On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 8:45 PM, 'Mikeparsons.tv' mikeparsons.tv@gmail.com [Avid-L2] <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

For Mac.


Best regards 

Mike

On 30 Aug, 2014, at 6:48 am, "bigfish@pacbell.net [Avid-L2]" <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Well that's good to know.  In this case I'm on a mac.


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Re: [Avid-L2] Optimizing drive transfer speed when copying two files to a usb ext drive?

 

or just get this combo card:

cheers,
BG


From: "John Pale pale.edit@gmail.com [Avid-L2]" <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com>
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Don't know if you have any slots available, but USB 3 cards are dirt cheap.  You'll find that USB3 will become more common than eSATA, if it hasn't already.  

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, bigfish@pacbell.net [Avid-L2] <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


 
No arguement unfortunately they have some rugged usb 3 drives but my mac pro doesn't have usb 3.  I have an esata card but they didn't get drives with esata.  Short sided but they don't ask me which drives to buy and this is what we end up with.


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Re: [Avid-L2] Optimizing drive transfer speed when copying two files to a usb ext drive?

 

Don't know if you have any slots available, but USB 3 cards are dirt cheap.  You'll find that USB3 will become more common than eSATA, if it hasn't already.  

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, bigfish@pacbell.net [Avid-L2] <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

No arguement unfortunately they have some rugged usb 3 drives but my mac pro doesn't have usb 3.  I have an esata card but they didn't get drives with esata.  Short sided but they don't ask me which drives to buy and this is what we end up with.

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Re: [Avid-L2] Optimizing drive transfer speed when copying two files to a usb ext drive?

 

No arguement unfortunately they have some rugged usb 3 drives but my mac pro doesn't have usb 3.  I have an esata card but they didn't get drives with esata.  Short sided but they don't ask me which drives to buy and this is what we end up with.

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[Avid-L2] Audio channels

 

 
Dealing (offlining) with a show that has 6 channels of audio on the main cam that is radio mikes on 1 and 2 (useable) and cam mike on 3 and 4 (never used) and as far as I can see  duplicates on 5 and 6. Have to sync up gopro footage (provided by the facility (wav files). I like to delete audio I don't use, and I don't like to work with more than 12 channels of audio overall.
 
Is there really any reason to keep these other channels of audio?
 
Al
 
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Re: [Avid-L2] EXAMPLE: Why Interface Customization is important

 



On Aug 30, 2014, at 2:40 PM, "'Job ter Burg (L2B)' Job_L2@terburg.com [Avid-L2]" <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 
Yes Ben, 

But then "folks in product management" saw Avid customers create "crazy customizations" and they had a concern that these would "effectively destroy the Avid brand". And of course we cannot have anyone destroy the Avid brand but Avid itself, now, can we.


J (still gets mad whenever he reads that thread, wouldn't mind some +1's in that thread) 



+1 ;)

It was an ill advised decision, and should be rectified.
It's was actually one of the strengths/selling points of the system.

If someone is happier and more productive with a Pink or Blue Interface,
who cares?!! They bought and use the software . . . all . . . day . . . long.

And I'll add that MC is recognizable no matter the colors of the UI.

And I'll add another: OK, never mind the fogies like me, that have been using MC/FC since '94 (and many of you even earlier!), 
the "kids" will love it . . . and they are the future of the company.

/rant

Now, back to wishing that drag and drop editing was fully baked, 
and that we could turn off Auto Keyframing . . . etc.

Cheers,

Benjamin 


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Re: [Avid-L2] EXAMPLE: Why Interface Customization is important

 


Yes Ben, 

But then "folks in product management" saw Avid customers create "crazy customizations" and they had a concern that these would "effectively destroy the Avid brand". And of course we cannot have anyone destroy the Avid brand but Avid itself, now, can we.


J (still gets mad whenever he reads that thread, wouldn't mind some +1's in that thread) 



On 30 aug. 2014, at 22:13, Benjamin Hershleder Ben@ContactBen.com [Avid-L2] <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
Here are the color customizations that were available in 
Media Composer version 10 (Meridian hardware, IIRC), 
and even more great customizations were added in later releases:

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Re: [Avid-L2] Sony LMD-2110W

 


I used one but I wouldn't recommend. Very poor panel, lot of black leaking, narrow viewing angle, bad color accuracy. It's specs misleading as it can NOT accept HD-SDI without option card (only SD-SDI or HDMI).

For this price I recommend NEC or EIZO displays. Or even DELL/HP premium monitor can perform better (if calibrated) than this sony.

Cheers,
Joe




On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 2:35 AM, 'Carmichael, Scott A' sacarmic@indiana.edu [Avid-L2] <Avid-L2@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
Anyone here used/seen the Sony  LMD-2110W monitor?  Thought/opinions as far a color accuracy?  I 'm not looking at it for a grading monitor.  In the past I know some the LMD series have been stinkers.

Thanks,
Scott

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The discussion (kvetching) about interface customizability 
has been ongoing since the drastic changes circa version 5
(including a long thread in the Avid Community Forums).
What may seem to be inconsequential is, in fact, quite important 
to editors who are using Media Composer for 10 hours a day (or more). 

Since something regarding Interface settings just happened, I felt compelled to post,
because it is yet another example (of the many previously mentioned) where more interface control is needed:

I just helped an editor who wanted the following (which could not be achieved):
Dark interface (first "dark-click" to the left in the Interface settings), 
but black text in the bin (i.e. not white), with a light bin bkgd --- and even changing the bin bkgd color to white 
(really just a slightly lighter gray) with the option trick did not help.

To reiterate valuable customizations mentioned in past posts:
- Color of Project Window BKGD
- Color of Timeline Window BKGD
- Allow Filler to be colored
- Separate adjustments for the various highlight colors, e.g. Mark In/Out, Buttons (and button contents -- I used to make mine black for higher contrast/more pop), Segment selection, Clip/Seq. selection in bins, Track Selectors, etc., etc.
- Font size customizability everywhere (it's not just geezers like me; even my 23 year old students are always asking if it's possible). I end-up showing them how to use the Zoom-In with the scroll wheel (on a Mac).

Here are the color customizations that were available in 
Media Composer version 10 (Meridian hardware, IIRC), 
and even more great customizations were added in later releases:




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