TrendWatch, a market research firm, has published its Visual Effects/Dynamic Media report that covers visual effects firms in the feature film, commercial, interactive media, industrial film/video, TV/cable and Web (animation/streaming) markets — and Apple’s Final Cut Pro did alright for itself.
This report, which the folks at TrendWatch say is based on original research with hundreds of owners and senior executives of visual effects firms of all sizes throughout the U.S., notes that 43 percent of all visual effects shops plan to buy video manipulation/editing software such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Adobe’s After Effects. The top 3D software owned was Adobe’s After Effects; 61 percent of all shops surveyed own this. Also among the top ten 3D titles owned were Alias|Wavefront Maya and Avid Softimage 3D, both at 13 percent.
The top software programs “used most often” by all visual effects shops surveyed, were After Effects (44 percent) followed by Avid Media Composer (31 percent), Digi Design’s Pro Tools (23 percent) and Final Cut Pro (17 percent). The primary/most essential operating platform for visual effects shops was Mac OS 9 or earlier for 46 percent of the shops surveyed.