June 6
Focal Point Launches Mac FilmLogic
Film finishing system ships in LE, full versions

FilmLogic, a film finishing application, is now available in LE ($395) and full ($1,295) versions for Mac.

by David Nagel
Executive Producer

Focal Point Systems yesterday announced the availability of FilmLogic 2.6, a film finishing application designed for independent filmmakers using 35 mm or 16 mm formats. Beginning with this generation, FilmLogic is now available in limited and full versions for the Macintosh.

FilmLogic LE is an entry-level version of FilmLogic that cuts out several features of the full version and is priced $900 less. The LE version is intended to be used only for generating film cut lists from EDL match-back, according to Focal Point. With the LE version of FilmLogic, users can match back to an Edit Decision List and generate cut lists, dupe lists, pull lists, scene lists, missing lists, and audio EDLs . The one list that cannot be generated by the LE version is the optical list.

The LE version also does not support manual logging into the database, so film-related data has to exist as a log that can be imported into the database. Users can export batch capture logs and Avid Log Exchange files from the LE version of FilmLogic. The LE version does not support plug-in integration with non-linear editing systems, nor does it support the Reverse Telecine feature for restoring an NTSC captured digital clip to the original 24 frames per second.

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FilmLogic works with non-linear editors like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. The full version can read telecine transfer logs directly into an online database, which doubles as an electronic codebook, or data can be entered manually. It can be used to remove the extra video fields inserted by the 2:3 telecine pulldown and return digitized clips to 24 FPS. It can also link up the database to digitized clips and store a snapshot from each clip in the database. FilmLogic can produce a negative cutlist, optical list, pull list or dupe list. In addition to 24 FPS editing with Premiere, FilmLogic works with 29.97 FPS (NTSC) and 25 FPS (PAL).

FilmLogic 2.6 LE is available for $395. The full version is available for $1,295. For more information or to download a copy, go to http://www.filmlogic.com.

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