Writing for Entertainment Today , Wade Major has posted an article called The One-Man Studio Revisited. It’s a look at digital filmmaking as applied using Mac OS X, not just in terms of editing tools but other software that those in the film industry need to use to get their work done.
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“While the underlying appeal to tech-savvy adopters will be Mac OS X’s stability and protected memory, it’s the practical application of those advantages in Apple’s revolutionary editing software that show off OS X’s attributes most effectively,” wrote Major, regarding Apple’s Final Cut Pro professional video editing software. There’s more than just Final Cut Pro in this article, as well.
Major also looks at Final Draft, the popular screenwriting application which he called “stable as a brick house” and much faster under Mac OS X than in its previous incarnation running on older Mac OS versions. Major also points to Microsoft’s Office v. X suite as a useful tool for filmmakers, since it combines personal information management (Entourage) and spreadsheet capabilities (Excel) together in a Cocoa-flavored application bundle.
Major also noted Now-Up-To-Date as an OS X-native alternative for the many Hollywood folks who prefer to use it over Entourage.
FileMaker Pro has many fans in Hollywood as well, especially in animation studios, reported Major. He called the software “a mixed bag” in OS X — calling its overall performance sluggish, though he noted some improvements in operations that would have sent FileMaker’s OS 9 counterpart gasping for air.
Major also turned his attention to indispensable utility software, Acrobat, Virtual PC and other goodies that the aspiring filmmaker shouldn’t be without. Next week’s installment covers digital editing and home-based post-production.