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Newtek's TriCaster family has transcended being used solely for live production, and is now found in many creative projects where post production is needed.  The hurdle is now getting the media generated by TriCaster into various editorial platforms for editing. I've drawn up a handy-dandy guide for planning and using this media within Avid Media Composer and Symphony.  This is valid for any of the current TriCaster models which support Quicktime wrapped ISO recordings.
So, from the michaelkammes.com camp: big news - Kate Miller has agreed in principal to spend the rest of her life with me, and that suits me just fine.  It's a good thing, or so I'm told.  I personally think she's nuts for spending 3 years with me, let alone the next 70.  But as soon as ink hits paper, she's mine and I'm hers, and our geek powers shall set you free. And while I've known for a while she was the one, how I was going to do it that would be good fodder for dinner parties and for post production industry acronym discussions - that angle eluded me.  GEEK, NERD, + MARRIAGE PROPOSAL Google searches seemed to pop up cool ideas, but nothing that married (ahem) my life choice of Post Production with my life mate choice of Kate. Then it dawned on me: 3D.  It's future viability in this world aside, it offers a technical and logistical challenge, and would be something she wouldn't see coming.  2 things which could be a whole 'lotta fun to exploit.
We've got the purple kool-aid, and we've got the firehose: New. Avid. Releases. Now that the cat is out of the bag, I can share with you dear readers a comprehensive list of what is new and groovy inside the latest offering from Avid.  Like what you see?  Join me for a more in-depth webinar on all that is contained therein plus a huge helping of bonus material on November 22nd.  More details here. Until then, let's whet your appetite, shall we?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let's go over some of the basics of PhraseFind. *Update April 12, 2011: Avid has given some feedback on the blog post, and I have posted their comments inline in bold.Thanks Avid! PhraseFind is a phonetic matching algorithm, developed by Nexidia. It’s been wildly successful, serving as the basis of AV3’s “Get” software, which is used in conjunction with Final Cut Pro. Avid has licensed the technology and has branded it “PhraseFind”. It is available for $495, or $1295 when bundled with ScriptSync. Additional language packs can be purchased for $149.
Kool-Aid!  Get your Kool-Aid here! Avid has unveiled the latest update to their editing suite family: Media Composer & Symphony 5.5, as well as DS 5.5.  Below are some of the biggest features to the Media Composer and Symphony 5.5 releases.
Unfortunately, we're looking at the lesser of 2 evils. No mainstream editorial platform truly understands 3D natively. Through trickery, masking, and video hide-and-seek, we can manipulate our editing platform of choice to limp along for stereoscopic editorial. I'm a firm believer in the right tool for the right job, and choosing the tool requires a fair amount of research.
Gonna mix it up a bit with this post, and go video on ya. This is trick is from a recent Key Code Media event where I discussed Media Creation & Sharing with Final Cut Studio and Avid Media Composer 5.0. (see: Avid AMA, Telestream's Pipeline, AJA's KiPro) In this demonstration, we use a Pro Res timeline in Final Cut Pro, send it to Avid without creating any new media, and have the sequence not only open, but also utilize the same media - all using Automatic Duck & Avid's AMA feature in 5.0 - via a hidden (undocumented) trick!
This more of a tech note than dissertation. JVC, Hyundai, Sony, Panasonic, and the like – are all coming out with 3D monitors.  And they’re all flat.  And they’re all shiny and sleek.  Other subjective features aside, many of the ones you’ve been eyeballing don’t quite cut the mustard when used in the edit bay.  Here’s why.