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"Works as advertised, which is something, these days."
I used the software on the following hardware / software configuration:
3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 iMac
16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 primary memory
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
The job for which I needed it:
Client required a bunch of video clips using the AVCHD codec to be converted to Apple ProRes 4:2:2 - for whatever reason, Avid Media Composer kept giving hassles in the form of system crashes which, as you can well imagine, is somewhat frustrating.
After doing a test run with the free version of the software (which outputs video with a watermark), I judged that the output quality was good (brilliant, actually) and then purchased the full version for $35.
While waiting for activation codes and whatnot, I started reading user reviews of related products (which, I understand, might be the wrong way round of doing things) and started to get a bit worried: complaints of crashes abound, with people generally trashing the software.
Anyway, once I had it all installed, I queued up the various AVCHD files, which the software properly organised into the correct clips and directory structure: source material totaled about 70GB spread over about fifteen clips, or so.
Now, none of these clips is massive - the longest were just over an hour - so I want to make it clear that I can only base this review on the job for which I used it.
It was great, to be honest. It dealt with the material in just over five hours (although it's "estimated time" calculation stated nineteen hours at the outset, and constantly revised this figure downwards during the conversion process), didn't crash, the output looks great with no generational loss, digital artifacts or anything of the sort.
It must be said that the app is not exactly pretty to look at: a few more hours in the interface-design-process with someone who has an aesthetic eye and has kept up to date with design trends would have helped no end. It looks hokey - no other way to put it, really.
This is, however, of minimal importance when you get to deliver work to the client sooner than promised with no pulling out of hair, cursing of names or psychotic breakdowns.
So, based on the limited paces to which I have put this product: no problems, at all.
[BTW: you can only convert to ProRes if you happen to have the codec on your system together with a legal (or seemingly-legal) version of FCP or related software.]
- The fact that it works, for a start, and natively organises AVCHD files into the correct directory structure.
- The interface. It looks crap. Sorry.
- 18 Oct 2012
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