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NEWS DECEMBER 26 , 2000
Mac FilmLogic Gets Update
New version gets batch reverse telecine, 24 FPS EDL matchback

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

Focal Point Software has posted the latest build of its FilmLogic 3.0 software. The new version, 3.0b5, offers batch reverse telecine, 24 FPS Edit Decision List (EDL) Matchback and improved EDL conversion, according to Focal Point.

FilmLogic is an application designed for filmmakers who are shooting 35 mm or 16 mm film and want to edit electronically while finishing on film, working with non-linear editing systems to track all the elements that go into the making of the final film. A bit like an extended electronic codebook, it follows the relationship between the original camera negative, the transferred video tapes and the captured clips in the editing system. Its main thrust, though, is to understand the edited program from the NLE and translate those edit decisions into the instructions for conforming the original camera negative. The software works with Final Cut Pro, Media 100 and Adobe Premiere.

Plug-in integration means that Final Cut Pro talks directly to the FilmLogic application and eliminates the need for video Edit Decision Lists, cutting out dependencies on video reels and video timecode, which can contain inaccurate information, leading to bad cuts in the original negative.

The new version requires two plugins for Final Cut Pro, one of which was developed by Apple itself, the other by Focal Point. Apple's ExportHelper allows FCP to talk to FilmLogic, while FilmLogic Cut List lets FilmLogic talk to Final Cut Pro. Both plugins reside in the Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 plugins folder. (Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 is a free update available at Apple's Web site. Read more about it here.) This adds a new item to the Final Cut Pro Export submenu—FilmLogic Cut List.

It should also be noted that, while FilmLogic is available in full and limited editions, the full version is required to work in Final Cut Pro.

For more information or to download the latest version, visit http://www.filmlogic.com.

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