Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

What a day… firstly at 10am this morning I was in the HUB which is a very media savvy building just across from BBC Scotland, there I was introduced to AVID’s latest editing software Media Composer 6, this was an interesting seminar produced by CVP, Glasgow.

George Fox from CVP took us through a slide show giving us the updated information of everything Composer 6 is capable of. During the morning Deepraj Sandhar, AVID Application Specialist walked us through “Artist Colour” a colour grading desk.

We broke for tea and coffee at around 11.30am where a lot of networking got done, Colin and Danny from CVP were also on hand for advice. The morning was attended by 29 people all in the media business.

My question was “Why should I spend a further £2000 on an AVID system” the reply was “Because AVID has a future” that was an obvious dig at Apple and to be quite honest quite rightly so, FCP-10 ver 10.0.03 came out yesterday with the promised multicam addition and broadcast monitoring output though all the 3rd party developers are still playing catch up. My own Matrox MX02 MAX have not even bothered to mention the new update on their web site let alone have drivers for 10.0.03.

AVID is good but if like me you are Mac driven then the one major flaw with Composer 6 comes after the edit…you can’t produce a DVD on your Mac it has to be a PC and that one hurdle stops me in my tracks from even considering AVID as a serious contender in my search for a new Mac based edit system.

Lastly when I got home my new baby had been delivered the Canon C300 and after some playing and tinkering I saw the pictures…STUNNING. My thanks to John Preston for providing me with one of the first Canon C300s in Scotland and yes I am buying it before you ask…I now have the luxury of ND filters, Canon lenses that focus clockwise, 4:2:2 and 50MB/s recording and pictures to die for.

I will be producing one of the first “user” reviews all next week and hopefully have it edited before I go down to BVE in London.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

One thought on “A new look at AVID and my Canon C300 arrives !

  1. Hey,
    may i ask you to ad one Picture of the C300 side by side with a picture from the FS100.
    That would be very kind.


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