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  • Built-in tools for work reporting? Console or otherwise …

    Posted by Josh Harnden on June 30, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    I’m a post-producer who does a LOT of work on Avid, at the same time as managing half a dozen or more editors, facilitating their efforts for a long-running reality TV show. The problem I’m having has to do with our executive producers not understanding the workflow we have devised, because in a way we’re speaking Avid as a language to each other, and if you don’t know how to communicate that way, it requires translation into English (or whatever) and that can take a long time and be annoying when a person just wants to keep editing. In a way, I’m trying to justify the time we’re spending, and what I wish was that there was a way — and this is a crude example — to run stats at the end of a day to reflect how much work an editor did. There are some acts of our show that are more labor intensive than others due to the nature of the content (medical). And I know that my boss responds well to numbers, so if I was able to reflect the amount of work accomplished somehow numerically, it would be super useful and -like- instantly convincing I feel. So in the way that a bin gets larger when there is more work contained therein, I wish there was a tool or set of tools for running diagnostics like this. What I’m wondering is if anyone has come up with ersatz or ad hoc ways to do this … I realize my query is a bit amorphous, but I’m wondering if there are any ingenious solutions out there for what must be considered an hoary dilemma: keeping the bean counters from breathing down our necks while we’re trying to be creative.

    Josh Harnden replied 1 year, 5 months ago 1 Member · 1 Reply
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  • Josh Harnden

    September 11, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Even though my query netted a whopping zero replies, I found the answer to my question, and I thought I would share. It turns out that there is a piece of software — not sure exactly what it’s called — that an institution can buy from Avid that does exactly what I was wondering about. Basically it tracks what everyone is doing whenever they’re on their machine, at the keystroke level. Fascinating stuff. And sort of weirdly clandestine.

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