I have used PPro and Avid systems for my own projects with success in the past, and I am very familiar with FCP7. Most of the projects were medical multimedia with video footage and animations created with AE and Softimage in the past. I am now working on a MAC with OSX and wish to keep all my work on the OSX side (not Windows 7) and have options of FCPX, PPro CS6, Avid Media Composer 6, and Autodesk Smoke.
I need to help develop some multimedia in HD for use to create Bluray disks and also for web based video with collaboration from other people at other facilities. I found that other facilities are using a variety of software including various versions of Premiere Pro and Final Cut (mostly not FCPX) and other software. Unfortunately, the media footage has to be shared and is big.
Roundtripping with AE is a minor concern, but much more important concerns are sharing, EDLs, stability, and standardization of media codecs so that we all can pull up the same media. If this was all done in Hollywood, I would pick an Avid solution, but the requirement of having others use different software makes it more complicated.
The media is likely to be video footage, not all shot in HD, animations from AE, and probably most of the 3D footage from Maya. What is the most stable software solution for sharing of diverse video in this environment? Thanks.
I don't remember which one, but one of these previous discussions mentions multi-user software... give a read
Win Server is NOT supported http://forums.adobe.com/thread/851602
Not in a Network environment http://forums.adobe.com/thread/771151
-also PreEl see #5 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1017199
-a work around, of sorts http://forums.adobe.com/thread/957523
-and not on a "domain" http://forums.adobe.com/thread/858977
Thank you. Due to the need to collaborate between various physically separate institutions, I was not thinking of network sharing. Rather, media files would be stored on a web based server and copied to an external hard drive (in my case RAID thunderbolt connected) for faster and more stable access. After modifying, they would be copied back to the server. Different people would work on different parts of the media but not simultaneously work on the same media file. The EDL would be updated most likely from a single institution.
Premiere does not require transcoding of media, which is potentially an advantage, but storing all the media in one format is faster and more stable. I have found problems pulling up transcoded Avid media in Premiere. Avid does not necessarily need to transcode (AMA is available) but that comes at a price for stability.