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Avid and the Pursuit of Happiness

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As you all know Avid is a part of all most every major motion picture release. There are many reasons that most editors use Avid products but the one that seams to stand out the most is seamless integration. The Pursuit of Happiness was edited using Film Composer.The drama is inspired by the true story of Chris Gardner, a man forced by circumstances to live on the street and in shelters while competing for a job and a better future at the prestigious Dean Witter stock brokerage firm. Gardner, played by Will Smith, is also a single father caring for his five-year-old son.

In addition to the two Film Composer systems, there was, in effect, a third editing system on Pursuit: a 17-inch Powerbook laptop equipped with Avid Xpress Pro software and Avid Mojo hardware. Second assistant editor Brisson kept this system up to date by copying media from the FireWire drive that FotoKem delivered daily. Nearly every week during production, Winborne would take the Powerbook with him and fly to San Francisco to meet with the director. When Winborne returned from his San Francisco trips, his assistants would sync his laptop with the Avid Film Composer and Avid Unity MediaNetwork systems in Culver City.

I found it to be seamless
, Winborne says of the integration of media and files from his traveling editing room to the studio-based suite. The easy exchange of media and metadata between Avid systems was quick and flawless, so he could resume editing from any location instantly.

Once again Avid is the leading editor of the motion pictures!

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