Mixed frame rates and frame size playback in the same timeline, full quality and realtime. Transitions stay with clips in segment mode (finally!). Encode to AVC-I for delivery. Academic version is $249 with four years of free upgrades.
It’s hard seeing people with the framerate problems and not being able to tell them what’s around the bend. 🙂 It should be very helpful in solving some of these problems. Worth the cost of the upgrade alone.
I’m hoping for Avid’s continued support and development for all the AVC codecs, etc. that are out there.
Questions, for people who might know. When you mix frame rates…which frame rate is the dominant one? the one you start out with? So if 29.97, then 23.98 converts to 29.97? Does it do it WELL? FCP does this, but not well.
And “Full quality.” Which quality are we talking? Does each clip play back at the full quality of it’s settings, so DVCPRO HD 720 at DVCPRO HD 720, then DV at DV, then XDCAM 1080 at XDCAM 1080? Or if you have an HD sequence, does the DV get upconverted to HD?
How does this all work?
God…I might be coming back to Avid. 3 major releases in under a year, each costing WELL under $1000…cripes.
I’ll answer as best I can, based on what I’ve picked up on the Avid L2 and Avid forums. I’m not a beta tester so I don’t have first hand knowledge.
[Shane Ross]” When you mix frame rates…which frame rate is the dominant one?”
I believe it’s your project’s frame rate. If you’re in a 29.97 project and play a 23.98 clip it conforms 23.98 to 29.97.
[Shane Ross]“Does it do it WELL? FCP does this, but not well. “
Word on the street is yes. Considering Avid’s standing with the film world, if they screwed that up they’d never hear the end of it.
[Shane Ross]“And “Full quality.” Which quality are we talking? Does each clip play back at the full quality of it’s settings, so DVCPRO HD 720 at DVCPRO HD 720, then DV at DV, then XDCAM 1080 at XDCAM 1080? Or if you have an HD sequence, does the DV get upconverted to HD? “
I picked up the “full quality, realtime” from an Avid employee on the Avid forum. I interpret it as–you can mix frame rates and play to tape. No transcoding required, no rendering. I reserve the right to be completely wrong about that, though.
Avid is definitely giving its users a lot of bang for their buck this year, rolling out updates faster and faster. I just hope the momentum continues well into the future.
[Scott Cumbo]“The “Full Quality” thing is that you don’t have to render to play/edit and you can view it in full quality “green” mode (not the 1/2 quality yellow/green mode) “
I get that…but at WHAT quality? What setting? if you have 1080i, 720p and DV (480i) in one sequence, do they play back at THEIR quality, or converted to the sequence setting quality? That is what I am confused by.