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In response to David Catt, I was generally quite impressed with the work done
on the Artisan. Several features have been long overdue, such as real file
manipulation including cut and paste. Also, to be able to save off a working
version of a list mid-session under a different filename is a wonderful thing
should you want to make alternate versions for a given piece of film or tape.
I found the graphic representation of the 6-level list useful, though a bit
The added scratchpad memories will get a lot of use from me. It's not unusual
for a director or DP to want to see a dozen looks for a scene before making up
his mind, and inevitably he wants to return to the one you just blew away!
Twenty-six memories will help. >Can a name or comment be attached to each?
> Has the list size been expanded beyond 999 events?
> I really need some user programmable panel functions. Often, in commercial
and especially music video work, I am manipulating color and pan parameters on
the fly, desperate to control both at once. I am working with a "features"
panel, but the pan/tilt/zoom/wipe panel controls are essentially useless at
present. They don't update nearly quick enough (I assume the new SGI system
will fix this), and they are often not the controls I need. I want, for
instance, to assign a scan effect to the D/E wheel, have preset colors in
memories that can be popped into, and have an active grab button, all live on
the panel simultaneously. I think the panel should have a mfg. preset mode,
and a user assignable mode, which could be saved as a config.
>Persoanlly, I can't see using the VGA monitor for TLC if it means yet another
>I think all of us with "features" panels have asked for a dedicated grab
button. In the present version, one cannot toggle a grab and adjust chroma
without switching in and out of display mode! (And how many of you out there
have inadvertantly hit Pos/Neg when you thought you were in Display, but were
really in Color, thus trashing away the grade you just spent 10 minutes
building...boo, hiss. Bad place for that button.
>Client eject button?
I anxiously await news from the Beta test sites to see how this new system
plays in the field. Finally, a computer that can work as fast as a colorist!
dlugach at earthlink.net