The days of digitizing are, as far as I'm concerned, already behind us. But for a casting, why not break out that DVX100a from time to time? Shoots just fine for what we need, we have a ton of tapes we can reuse over and over simply for auditions -- it just makes sense and is, in most cases, pretty simple. Since I have my AJA iOHD box plugged in 100% of the time, capturing from the camera is always such a hassle. I plug into the front bus and I get a GSOD, start it up and FCP7 gives me no video preview, etc. I don't bother to troubleshoot anymore as it's not worth my time with tape.
I open MC5 and setup a new project. Where to set it up?
So I create a new project (as you can see above) but this was my first huge hiccup with MC yesterday and this turned out to be such a huge issue for me that I couldn't believe people worked this way and still touted this NLE as the be-all-end-all.
I shot the casting session and know that I put the camera in 24p mode (because I'm a snob like that) so when I went to setup a new project that was NTSC, voila! How thoughtful of AVID to have made this so simple for me! NOT. I couldn't capture audio and video together due to some "time clock" issue which I couldn't for the life of me understand as I knew I had no clock plugged into my tower anywhere. This took me 5 minutes of googling to realize that although I chose 24p, I should have chosen 23.976. Honest mistake -- I saw it there, I know it's pretty much the same but holy hell, why not choose the exact thing? So what to do? Change it, right?
THERE IS NO WAY TO DO THIS IN MC5. Not sure about MC6 but there is no possible way I found on any forum or AVID guru I could get a hold of yesterday to change the format of an existing project! You have to go ALL THE WAY BACK to the New Project window and create ANOTHER project with the right format.
I am a stickler for making sure formats match-up etc. but NEVER have I had an issue like this in FCP, FCPx, or Premiere. Hell, even iMovie I am sure can handle this. This is deplorable in my book. I just don't get why that isn't possible. The best I found was this window but still no luck. It only gave me an option or two within the same flavor of format.
Anyway, I get to the capture window and I have no deck control. I hit auto-configure, detect, all of that -- nothing. Learning from my mistakes, I look in the Settings and sure enough, there's a Deck Configuration setting. You have to manually ADD the deck you wish to use. Dumb.
|I didn't feel like hooking the camera back up for this screen shot so it shouldn't say "NO DECK" once you have configured it.|
I don't seem to like anyone's text generators other than FCP7s but I suppose I will have to accept that this is how they're done more often than not.
Someone will have to confirm for me but I will say that it seemed like MC5 was learning from my workflow. It seemed to start to conform to things I wanted like font, size, placement, etc. However it ALWAYS left that video preview on. UGH.
Exporting was pretty straightforward and I decided to go with Quicktime references as my export module as it was super quick and very small files that I was able to send to Compressor 4 -- of which I am still a staunch supporter. In my premiere world, I have been able to get better results with Adobe Media Encoder as well as "hinted-streaming" *(without it being called that -- actually, I'm not sure what I did differently but I have my preset saved!)
My favorite thing I noticed was what I had wished FCP had done at the beginning. I like to organize the shit out of my projects at the Finder level and then I need to recreate that within my FCP project. I went about doing this while making my exports and all of a sudden -- a new folder appeared within my MC5 project! Holy GOD was this cool!
I had fun and can't wait to use it some more!