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Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema
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June 27th 2006
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Where to download Final Cut Pro 7
by Fay Gartenberg 3 months ago
Hello, Does anyone know where you can download FCP7 software I don't have a disk drive to install anymore. Thanks!
Re: Where to download Final Cut Pro 7
by Robert Withers 3 months ago
Hi Fay, You can buy FCP7 disks on ebay for reasonable prices. What OS and machine will you run them on I personally have found Resolve quite different from both FCP7 and Premier Pro. Good luck, Robert
SuperDuper! vs Carbon Copy Cloner
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hi all, Any opinions Besides the corny names. I've been using SD! Should I switch Thanks, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City Currently experimenting with iMac
Re: SuperDuper! vs Carbon Copy Cloner
by Patrick Sheppard 4 months ago
I've never used SuperDuper, but I own and use CCC and have never had any issues with it. It's solid software with a lot of features and it does a great job. You can download CCC as a fully functioning
Apple macbook pro 2020
by Pauline Richard 4 months ago
Hi everyone, French film editor, and first time poster here... I hope you will forgive any mistakes or confusions in my post. I am in dire need of advice after reading multiple threads on dysfunctiona
Re: Apple macbook pro 2020
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hi Pauline, Can't comment on recent MacBook Pros but I've been using a 2019 iMac with Catalina. I wanted to downgrade to Mojave but found I couldn't with this machine because the hardware is tuned to
G - Drive to RAID or not
by meghna damani 5 months ago
Am sold on getting a G-tech drive to edit my feature documentary mostly shot in 4K. Am going mad trying to figure if I should invest in a raid set up or simply buy two drives and back up. Some review
Re: G - Drive to RAID or not
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hi all, Has anyone had a hard drive fail in a RAID Or two failures at the same time My Seagate and G-Tech drives are running after years but I have to replace one because a Firewire connector failed.
Question about Seagate external drives compatibility
by Jenn Lindsay 4 months ago
Hi folks! I'm working on a documentary series that started filming in 2015. I'm using FCPX to cut 8 half-hour episodes on a late 2013 iMac with OS10.13.6. Here's the rough cut of the series: https: vi
Re: Question about Seagate external drives compatibility
by Robert Withers 4 months ago
Hi Jenn, That's so interesting. I could buy two of those for the price of a single G-Tech 10TB drive. And then I'd have a backup. I can't find specs for how fast the drive is -- 5400 or 7200. The xfer
Use of computer resources by NLEs
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hello all, Here's my big question. Resolve is running very slow for me. Folks have advised selling my new 2019 iMac 3.6 Hz computer, replacing the Fusion drive, replacing the 575X Radeon Pro GPU (4 G)
Re: Use of computer resources by NLEs
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Thanks everybody for the helpful posts. I'm not editing 4K. You would think there would be hard data somewhere showing use of computer resources by NLEs, compared. But maybe not. Best, Robert Robert W
Hello, posted identical tech question in three
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
different editing forums because it's a cross-editing question and I can't assume people who read one of the forums read the other two. Is that forbidden I don't see any help or contact link on this s
Re: Hello, posted identical tech question in three
by David Roth Weiss 5 months ago
The rule of thumb on the Cow has always been to pick the best forum and post there rather than posting the same message in several forums. However, if you don t get answers or the info is incomplete f
Use of computer resources by NLEs
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hello all, Here's my big question. Resolve is running very slow for me. Folks have advised selling my new 2019 iMac 3.6 Hz computer, replacing the Fusion drive, replacing the 575X Radeon Pro GPU (4 G)
Re: Use of computer resources by NLEs
by Joe Marler 5 months ago
Brad Hurley "Final Cut "seems" faster and maybe it is because it's optimized for the Mac, but a lot of the apparent speed difference is an illusion because by default FCPX render-caches everything fo
Use of computer resources by NLEs
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hello all, Here's my question. Resolve is running very slow for me. Folks have advised selling my new 2019 iMac 3.6 Hz computer, replacing the Fusion drive, replacing the 575X Radeon Pro GPU (4 G), re
Re: Use of computer resources by NLEs
by Andy Ford 5 months ago
Generally speaking, Resolve relies much more on the GPU than Premiere. Premiere's load balance is heavily shared by the CPU. I would say a higher end processor is needed for Premiere, and a solid mid-
Importing Sony MXF media
by Russ Johnson 5 months ago
I m editing a project now in Resolve 16.2.3 and have a lot of Sony MXF files shot on an EX1 & EX3. The media is in folders that are essentially clones of the SxS camera cards on a hard drive, duplicat
Re: Importing Sony MXF media
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Thanks, David. Maybe that will work for my Canon-recorded cards too. Always try the old right-click to see what happens. Best, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York C
iMac task speed with Resolve 15
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hi all, I'm working with a new 2019 iMac running Catalina 3.6 Ghz 8 core Intel core 9, 16 G memory ,Radeon Pro 575X 4 GB. It seems to perform a little more sluggishly than I would have expected in Res
Duplicate filenames and timelines
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hi all, Maybe y'all are too advanced for me so if you can point me to a more beginner list, please do. Trying to learn the basics of the interface. 2 things: 1. There are shots with identical file num
Re: Duplicate filenames and timelines
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hi Mr. Gissing and all, I used Better Rename to rename duplicately named copied files from a Canon Vixia in a folder on an ext drive. Then re-imported these .mts files into a bin in Resolve 15. Used t
The online Resolve manual -- any alternatives?
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hello, I try to use the Resolve "manual" but it's a multi-pagen pdf that seems to permit only single-word searches. Like I can search "duplicate" and "timeline" but not "duplicate timeline." So I read
Re: The online Resolve manual -- any alternatives?
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Thanks David, i found that cmd C and cmd V opened the same popup menu with no duplicate option. I thought maybe it was the dread Catalina but maybe it's the dread Resolve version 15. I will now have t
Adobe Premiere Pro vs. Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve - Ease of Use/Intuitiveness
by Filip Stillerska 5 months ago
Which one of Premiere and DaVinci is more intuitive and has a more user-friendly interface Is it true that DaVinci has a very steep learning curve and is harder to comprehend I tried switching from Ci
Re: Adobe Premiere Pro vs. Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve - Ease of Use/Intuitiveness
by Robert Withers 5 months ago
Hi Andy, Both of these are fairly complex programs with lots of buttons which is where the learning curve comes in. They use different data storage systems so it takes a little time to grasp the diffe
No sound out of Premiere
by Steve Kownacki 6 months ago
Hi all Editing fine yesterday, no sound output now. Had sound at the beginning of the day then wrestled trying to convert a .mov and then, mysteriously, no sound. PC, focusrite usb, meters move, tried
Re: SUCCESS!!! Re: No sound out of Premiere
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Hey Steve, An interesting experience. Do you not keep your pr projects in that folder you mentioned Documents Adobe Premiere Pro 14.0 {username} If not where do you keep them I keep mine in {username}
Major Catalina Catastrophe
by Jim Curtis 7 months ago
Sorry for the long post, but I've tried to provide the relevant facts. My 2019 MacPro stays on more or less constantly, but I shut it down Sunday night when I heard thunder approaching. I routinely do
Re: Major Catalina Catastrophe
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Thanks Jim. I guess one moral is to unplug the Catalina even when the computer is shut down. (During a thunderstorm). And thanks for the word about Diskdrill. I'm "stuck" with a Catalina imac. I guess
Audition 2019 vs Audition 2020?
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
How do they compare in stability etc I'm wary of Adobe's updates. Mostly because of accounts of Premiere Pro versions. Thanks, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York C
Re: Audition 2019 vs Audition 2020?
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Thanks, Andy. I tried using Audition with Pr Pro CC "2013" and it kept claiming non-destructive editing but saved my sound files with new names and I couldn't find the originals. Is this still going o
Can't Sync Settings on Premiere v14.2
by Reena Mang 6 months ago
I'm running Mac OS Catalina 10.15.3 on Adobe Premiere 14.2 Every time I try to sync my settings, it just tells me it fails. also my custom-built .kys files don't populate as an option in the keyboard
Re: Can't Sync Settings on Premiere v14.2
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Hey Reena, Adobe told me they don't support anything past the last two versions. So maybe not Pr 14. Their support people are really nice smart gentlemen in India but you might have to wait on the pho
Premiere Export settings
by fernando alves 6 months ago
Hi, I have been searching about Premiere export settings. Anybody has a good article about it My doubts are about h.264 setup. Which one of the h.264 steup is best to delivery a master in this format
Re: Premiere Export settings
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Larry Jordan as usual explains the why of all those mysterious little Premiere check boxes in several free articles: https: larryjordan.com articles adobe-premiere-pro-cc-when-to-use-maximum-render-qu
Is Catalina an OS horror show for anyone else?
by Bryan Roberts 6 months ago
Just got my new Mac pro. It's glorious. I'm coming from a 3.46ghz 12 core 2009 Mac pro running Mojave. I never had any big OS issues, which was amazing since I had no boot screen on my computer becaus
Re: Is Catalina an OS horror show for anyone else?
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
What's an nMP R Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
How is FCP X for stability and phone support?
by Robert Withers 6 months ago
Hi all, I switched from FCP7 to Premiere a few years ago and it worked OK except Adobe rewrites the software every few months and doesn't support the version I've been using. How is FCP X for stabilit
Re: How is FCP X for stability and phone support?
by Oliver Peters 6 months ago
I'm not sure what you mean by "rewrites the software." Basically they update versions as does everyone. You can keep working on older versions and not update if you like. You simply won't get any newe
How to open old PPro file
by Jim Arco 7 months ago
I can't imagine this hasn't already been answered, but search isn't finding anything. I have a project created in an older version of PPro with an extension of .ppj. It is probably from about 2004. Ho
Re: How to open old PPro file
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Be careful. I was able to open a CC 2013 .prproj and recover most of it. But maybe try CC 2019 instead of 2020. The latest PrP versions are notorious.If you have the older software you could try to op
Best method for consolidating media files
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Hi all, I spent a lot of time recovering a Pr Pro CC 2013 project into Pr Pro 2019 and recovered most of it -- ready to move on but curious about the best way to consolidate media files for future pro
Re: Best method for consolidating media files
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Hi all, Does no one have any ideas about this I'll try to simplify: I have media files sometimes with odd names scattered among folders sometimes with odd names among 4 different drives. ProRes, mp4,
Project Manager Unknown Error
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Hello, I'm running PrP CC 2019 on a new iMac. After days and hours of relinking and talking with the nice people and Adobe Support, I have a new sequence recovered from an old MBP. Now trying to Proje
Re: Project Manager Unknown Error
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Hi Oliver, I'd like to copy but I've tried both and neither one works. One: confusion: there's something like an "original media" setting for one of these and none of my media matches the dropdown cho
Moving project to Resolve
by Robert Withers 2 years ago
Hello, I'm planning to cut loose from the rental lease system of Premiere when my subscription expires in April, and work with the free DaVinci Resolve, which I've tested a bit. Is there a way to move
Re: Moving project to Resolve
by Robert Withers 7 months ago
Eric, Here's the latest. Some of my recovered PrP file is out of order and referencing the wrong media so I have to recut part. I worked out how to recreate the montage better. I will probably continu
Can I install Mojave on a Catalina computer
by Robert Withers 9 months ago
Hi, B&H can't tell me what OS their computers for sale run. I've heard that if you have Catalina on a computer you can't re-install Mojave. I have a Mojave install stick. True or false Thanks, Robert
Re: Can I install Mojave on a Catalina computer
by Patrick Sheppard 8 months ago
I've had very recent experience with this. I was trying to clean install Mojave onto an external drive connected to an iMac that has Catalina installed on it. The iMac was booted from a USB flash driv
Should I upgrade to Catalina on a MBP 15" mid-2015 running Sierra?
by Xavier Bonet 1 year ago
Hello! Normally I am very weary of upgrading and I wait about a year before I'm 100% sure and OS has been thoroughly tested and is mostly bug-free so it won't make my MBP inoperable. However, I need t
Re: Should I upgrade to Catalina on a MBP 15" mid-2015 running Sierra?
by Robert Withers 9 months ago
Thanks John. It seems Premiere Pro and Resolve run as 64-bit but Larry Jordan posted a lot of warnings about "vintage" media codecs not running under Catalina. I wonder if these include ProRes. Best,
Catalina issues?
by Oliver Peters 9 months ago
Apple is now a ways into the release of Catalina with a few updates under the belt. For those who have gone to Catalina, what are your general experiences thus far I've seen a number of issues posted
Re: Catalina issues?
by Robert Withers 9 months ago
Thanks, Morten. I'm about to pick up a 2019 iMac and plan to work with Premiere and Resolve. Hope to avoid"third-party" effects. R Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Changing Final Cut 7 to a new software
by Manuela Porter 9 months ago
Hi everyone, I am working in the Postproduction department of a dubbing company and we are investing in a software update. We intend is to update macOS from Sierra to the latest version and for the 64
Re: Changing Final Cut 7 to a new software
by Robert Withers 9 months ago
When I exported a project from FCP7 to Premiere using XML the stereo camera mic tracks converted from stereo to "dual mono." Now to add filters and effects to the tracks I have to duplicate them for e
FCP7 serial number?
by Robert Withers 9 months ago
Hello, I haven't used FCP7 in at least 6 years. When I try to open it, it asks for a serial number. How do I deal with that Thanks, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New Y
Re: FCP7 serial number?
by Robert Withers 9 months ago
Thanks, David. Turns out there was no actual FCP7 software on the computer, just lots of aliases and supporting files. I ordered a new set of disks from ebay for 50 bucks. Fingers crossed. Robert Robe
Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
by Oliver Peters 10 months ago
Something to debate about https: youtu.be bvtwWhKdxhM BTS https: youtu.be dj6Lw7jnqBI - Oliver Oliver Peters - oliverpeters.com
Re: Shot on iPhone 11 Pro
by Robert Withers 10 months ago
The biggest challenges I have with using the iphone because it's "the camera that I have with me" is that it's so light and jiggly and you can't view what you are shooting if you want to be unobtrusiv
A warning about Catalina and the 2019 Mac Pro
by Herb Sevush 10 months ago
Yes, I did it. I bought a new Mac Pro. It arrived last Friday and I figured that by the end of this week I would be posting a glowing review along with a discussion about various upgrades and configur
Re: A warning about Catalina and the 2019 Mac Pro
by Robert Withers 10 months ago
Thanks for the word, Herb. I have had my "Install Mojave" USB standing by for a new imac or Macbook so will take the time to check if either has Catalina on it. Robert Robert Withers Independent perso
New life for content originally produced for DVDs?
by Ron Hershey 11 months ago
I wanted to get some feedback from the COW Community about a service our company could provide. As we all know, at one time there was a great deal of content produced and distributed on DVDs. Much of
Re: New life for content originally produced for DVDs?
by Robert Withers 11 months ago
Thanks so much, Ron. Are you distributing this software or could you provide a name or a link All best, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Mic selection
by Rob Dunford 12 months ago
I don't do a lot of location sound (mainly video interviews), but I have a small event coming up and need some advice on mic type. It's a small meeting with about 12 folk in one room. The people will
Re: Mic selection
by Robert Withers 12 months ago
Hi Rob, I would expect an omni would _emphasize_ the "liveness" of the room rather than reduce it. Best, Robert Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Are you still authoring DVDs?
by Greg Ball 1 year ago
I have a client looking to author 30 individual DVDs with Chapters. In my opinion DVDs are old school. How many of their clients even have DVD players What are you folks doing now Are you authoring th
Re: Are you still authoring DVDs?
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Hi Greg, I'm curious. What's the new school Flash drives or some IT guy installs files on multiple laptops I'm copying files onto flash drives to have something physical to hand out but I wish there w
Web Video Codecs
by Melisa Bala 1 year ago
Hello, I am searching for an optimal codec for exporting AE animations for web. They are without backgrounds, and they have to be smaller than 500 KB. I tried some of the Media Encoder's codecs but I
Re: Web Video Codecs
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Hi Melisa, What I'm picking up from various groups is that bitrate is a big determiner of file size. I keep trying lower bit rates until I get the size I need. Can't help with the alpha channel. Rober
Any recs for an extnernal drive
by Noam Osband 1 year ago
Im looking to purchase a new 4tb external HD to use with my RocketStor thunderbolt bay. I figured I'd reach out and see if anyone has recs for particular brands So many to choose from!
Re: Any recs for an extnernal drive
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Hi Noam, I've been using G-Tech brand spinning disks for a few years, including a couple of 4 TB boxes. No problems. They're built for Firewire so I have to use hubs to connect to recent computers. Ch
Digitizing vintage cassette and reel-to-reel tape
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Hello, Any tips or tricks on this topic I used a $35 cassette-to-digital converter for a trial run. Persisted through the software crashes and one squealing glitch 3 4 of the way through the tape. Got
Re: Digitizing vintage cassette and reel-to-reel tape
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Thanks, Steve. Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cinema, New York City
Apple sues RED over RAW Patents
by Craig Seeman 1 year ago
Apple sues RED over RAW Patents https: www.eoshd.com 2019 08 apple-sues-red-as-lawyers-petition-for-cancellation-of-raw-patent-claims
Re: Apple sues RED over RAW Patents
by Bob Zelin 1 year ago
hysterical. wow - Apple is really becoming evil. Its more than System Integrity Protection. It's more than obsoleting all their old hardware. They just want to screw everyone that is not an official "
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Should I take the role? Audio Trainee
by Nicolette Hurnen 1 year ago
I'm currently 1.5 years through a 3 year degree in film production and I have been offered a 6 week position as an Audio Trainee on a feature film. But unfortunately, taking the position would mean th
Re: Should I take the role? Audio Trainee
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Ty has a great perspective on all of this and I'm only going to add something short and glib because it's late: It's great to be any kind of trainee or intern on a feature if you work closely with som
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How to grab stills
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Hi, I import a film into a new project in Resolve 15 (Macbook Air, Mohave 10.14), go to the View menu to grab some stills and all the Stills actions are grayed out. What do I need to do differently to
Reinstalled OS and can't find where to download CS6
by Philip Scoggins 1 year ago
Ok, so I switched to Adobe CC about 4 years ago and loved it. I shoot some dance recitals and stuff where people want to buy DVDs, so I found out how I could just download Premiere Pro CS6 and get Enc
Re: Reinstalled OS and can't find where to download CS6
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Hi Philip, What OS did you install on whatever machine you're using (What is that machine ) And what OS is on your Macbook I hear Adobe has been limiting access to earlier apps but others will know mo
how to make high FPS look acceptable when played back real time
by marco noe 1 year ago
hi everyone, does anyone have any thoughts on how to retime high frame rate footage to appear similar to standard 24-25 fps play back please here's an example of what im talking about.. https: www.you
Re: how to make high FPS look acceptable when played back real time
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
To this mildly untutored eye looks beautiful at certain moments similar to standard 24-25 fps play back. I think your editor has done a great job. R Robert Withers Independent personal avant-garde cin
Zoom amateur
by Aaron Lloyd 1 year ago
Hey Guys, I I am not an audio pro, and I am in the process of hiring one going forward. But my question is I have the H4N, a Sennheiser lav, and a Rode NTG 3. Can I record using both mics to have 2 se
Re: Zoom amateur
by Ty Ford 1 year ago
Hello Aaron, Richard, Robert and Peter (The Creative Cow Audio Dream Team) have all given you solid info. I'll add that I think I remember that the Zoom H4N may be equipped with a double record featur
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Are there standard, bug-free, reliable versions of Premiere Pro CC?
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Hi all, I got into Pr Pro unfortunately a little late -- after the window for outright purchase of CS 6 software, which I've always heard of as reliable, predictable, versatile software. So I got stuc
Re: Are there standard, bug-free, reliable versions of Premiere Pro CC?
by Antoine Dorni 1 year ago
Hi Robert, That's a good question. If you are fine with PPro CS6, then stay with it for as long as you can. Don't update just because you want to stay up to date, it will make your life miserable with
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RAID setup for 4k editing- Advice sought!
by Varun Trikha 1 year ago
Hello, Can the kind editing porofessionals help me out with their valuable feedback and advice here, please. I have been working on a documentary as a director for 5 years and now we are entering the
Re: RAID setup for 4k editing- Advice sought!
by Robert Withers 1 year ago
Hi Varun, This is a partial answer because I haven't used RAIDs either. I can't tell from your description exactly how you plan to use a new RAID drive and the 3 external drives. Keep the 3 external d
Project settings questions
by Kenneth Maultsby 1 year ago
Hello, everyone, I need some advice on project settings. I am still a novice with DR but learning quickly. On our last trip my wife and recorded videos on our smartphones at 3840x2160 @ 29.97. I also
Re: Project settings questions
by Marc Wielage 1 year ago
Smartphones are bad choices for editing, because they often run at variable speed, which is problematic for editing. Get an app and convert it to a usable constant-frame format like DNxHR or ProRes, a
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No Audio in exported DVinci .XMF files, when imported into AVID MC
by Moritz Fuchs 1 year ago
Hi guys, quite a newbie to the whole AVID scene to be honest. But i wanted to link Timecodes from a shoot and it won't worl in AVID so i linked them in DVinci Resolve. Now i want to import them into A
Re: No Audio in exported DVinci .XMF files, when imported into AVID MC
by Glenn Sakatch 1 year ago
We need a bit more information. When posting questions like this, provide as much detail as possible for the workflow you have tried. By linking timecodes, i'm assuming you mean Avid wouldn't link to
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Zoom H5 cutting out when inputs selected
by Suzie McCarthy 2 years ago
Hi everyone, hoping somebody can help. I have a 1 year old zoom h5 and recently bought an external mic to plug in to its xlr inputs. However, I'm finding when I select the input (1 or 2) the recorder
Re: Zoom H5 cutting out when inputs selected
by Robert Withers 2 years ago
Suzie and all: My Zoom H5 shows 3 bars of battery power when the 2 AA batteries are newly replaced. It drops to 1 bar after an hour or two of use recording and powering one or more microphones that re
assistance with choosing video editor
by Robert Gillmer 2 years ago
I am trying to assist my daughter to create music videos, particularly the multi screen type and I need help determining which would be the best to go with. I have used Final Cut Pro X, but my Mac cra
Re: assistance with choosing video editor
by Robert Withers 2 years ago
Hi Robert, Non-Linear Editors can be complex and confusing. I've never used the recent FCP X, which I understand is one of a kind. I've found Premiere Pro to be expensive and over-complicated with all
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