One Editing Program to Rule them All

One Editing Program to Rule them All

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I have to agree to some of

I have to agree to some of this. When I worked in L.A. as a freelancer I mostly worked on Avid programs, but once in a while would get a possible gig working at a post production boutique using Final Cut, Media 100 or any other variety of programs at the time. My potential employer was always worried about hiring me because I didn't know [inset program here]. I had to try to convince them over and over again that I'm a professional editor and could work it out. Sometimes they hired me, most often they would want to find someone who was exclusive to that program. [which was usually Final Cut at the time.]

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There is only one problem

There is only one problem with this idea: making only one program from one company would create a monopoly, which means much higher prices, among other things. As a businessman/filmmaker, I agree with this from the film point of view, but my business side can see the monopoly as well. The monopolistic competition we have now (many firms, slight differences between products) is great for keeping our wallets full. Just something to keep in mind.

I'm currently using a prev

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I'm currently using a preview beta for Edius 6.5 that is due for public release in the next week or two. I also own Adobe Premiere (CS4, CS5, 5.5 and 6). I was very disappointed that Adobe failed to address 3D in Premiere CS6, but Edius 6.5 appears to have what I was looking for. The workflow is similar enough to Premiere that I am comfortable switching between the two programs. Edius 6.5 has the necessary features, including an effective tool for correcting keystone and convergence, and a built in stabilizer with more than one mode. There is also a large choice of import and export settings, including, of course, the necessary 3D modes. It also provides for interaction with After Effects, although I haven't tried that out yet (my trial beta version didn't come with a manual). So now that you thought things were getting simpler, along comes this spoiler from Grass Valley, and I welcome it.

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While this would be great,

While this would be great, having multiple industry standard programs in your skill set is a huge asset when looking for editing jobs. I also freelanced in L.A. for several years and it was my knowledge of multiple programs that kept me employed.