|Choosing the best tool for your video editing workflow.|
Here are some of my favorite tools:
Avid Media Composer interface. Adobe After Effects interface.
- Adobe Photoshop - Whether I'm touching-up or expanding images for pan and scan for video, building a multi-shot panorama or restoring old photos, Photoshop is my favorite application for still images. Photoshop keeps getting better in its ability to allow you to edit images in a non-destructive manner. Converting layers to Smart Objects gives you a clear path to always get back to the original content of the layer.
- Sorenson Squeeze - In my workflow, I never use my edit system to transcode videos. I use a specialized application to do the heavy crunching - Sorenson Squeeze. When a video is ready for review, I export a reference video (when possible) from my edit system. A reference video is very quick to export and takes up very little space on your drive. This is because it saves only an empty wrapper file that points to the native media of the cut. Sorenson can then transcode directly from the actual media used in the sequence.
Adobe Audition interface.
These are the applications in my video toolkit that I use most, they contribute greatly to my video workflow. Just because these are my favorite tools doesn't mean that tools like Adobe Premiere, Adobe Encore, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Soundtrack Pro, Apple Compressor or Apple DVD Studio Pro don't have a place in my workflow - I use the tools that work best for the current project.