In many respects I think this is a good thing. I hate tying up an NLE with tape capture for hours. I’d like to start on the first tape while capturing the second. I like the Telestream Pipeline concept where you can start editing while the tape is coming in because it’s in an open ended Quicktime wrapper.
With a networked capture computer or maybe taking advantage of Thunderbolt’s bandwidth I can see great potential for ways to capture while continuing to edit.
Now the other feature is going back out to tape when needed. It would be nice not to tie the NLE up for that either but that would require a means to export timeline (XML?) and/or a means to batch capture when needed.
[Eric Jurgenson]“With a 3rd party export to tape app, you would probably have to export your sequence to a file first – an extra step.”
And likely a very fast one. You’re NLE can back to editing instead instead of controlling an HDCAM deck for 90 minutes.
The idea that your NLE should be spending hours controlling tape decks is not very efficient. Certainly in the era where export was slow and network pipes where narrower, it made sense but these days having a separate app on a separate computer is likely much more time and resource efficient. Keep in mind that, over time, the need for tape delivery will be declining.
[Craig Seeman]“Now the other feature is going back out to tape when needed. It would be nice not to tie the NLE up for that either but that would require a means to export timeline (XML?) and/or a means to batch capture when needed.”
I think built-in output is more likely than built-in capturing, because you absolutely need to support video output for monitoring anyway. Allowing monitoring output to be conveniently captured to tape is just a matter of adding some relatively simple deck control.
Plus, built-in output combined with real-time OpenCL-accellerated rendering opens up the possibility for FCP X to offer something like DaVinci Resolve’s PowerMastering, which lets you output to tape in many cases with no rendering step. If output can only be handled externally, then the entire timeline will have to be rendered out to a flattened file first.
But for capturing? Yeah, who cares if that’s built in. Back before most of our work went tapeless, we used to use a third-party app for capturing anyway.