Splice Now

This blog is the work of Steve Cohen. I’m a motion picture editor working in Los Angeles.
  • Avid Agility — 3rd Edition — Available Now

    Today, I’m excited to announce the release of the third edition of my book, Avid Agility. This version is bigger than ever, with almost 50 pages of new material, lots of important new tips and a brand new chapter covering Script Integration and ScriptSync. It now focuses on Media Composer 6, and all illustrations reflect [...] Read More...
  • Avid Sells Its Consumer Divisions

    Posted Jul 02 2012, 09:48 PM by Steve Cohen
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    In a press release today, Avid announced the sale its consumer divisions along with a restructuring that together will result in a 20% staff reduction, and an intensified focus on professional markets. Consumer video (ie. Pinnacle) was sold to Corel and consumer audio (m-Audio) was sold to Akai. The consumer divisions were only responsible for [...] Read More...
  • New Book for Assistant Editors

    Jonathan Moser has posted a stellar review of the new book “The Assistant Editor’s Handbook” for Post Magazine. Written by Kyra Coffie, the book seems to cover just about anything you might want to know if you’re looking for a job as an assistant editor in an Avid-based editing room. Check out Moser’s review on [...] Read More...
  • Apple Gives and Takes Away

    Those looking for a better Mac Pro at WWDC were likely disappointed today. Apple released a modestly refreshed model with faster, 4-core and 6-core processors, but without USB3, Thunderbolt, or the new Ivy Bridge CPUs. Macbook Pros were updated with Ivy Bridge, Nvidia graphics (in the 15″ models), Thunderbolt and USB3 and continue to include [...] Read More...
  • Mac Pro to Resurface at WWDC

    Posts have appeared on several rumor sites describing Apple’s expected hardware announcements at the World Wide Developer Conference next week. All the models will presumably sport USB3 ports, allowing us to use inexpensive USB3 drives at full speed. And a new Mac Pro will apparently be part of the lineup. This is welcome news for [...] Read More...
  • Splice Here -> Splice Now

    This site has been called “Splice Now” for many months now, but the original “Splice Here” URL has continued to work. That time is now coming to an end. Sometime in the next few days, the SpliceHere URL will be formally transferred to a post house in Minneapolis, the result of a trademark dispute. Please [...] Read More...
  • Filling Niche Space

    In evolution, when one species disappears, others evolve to fill the vacant niche. That seems to be exactly what’s happening now in post production. A year ago, Apple abandoned the professional editing world by releasing FCP-X and putting a bullet in FCP 7. The product has improved since, and contains many innovative ideas, but the [...] Read More...
  • Editor’s Lounge Videos Posted

    If you’re not going to make it to Vegas this year and are looking for a bit of pre-show analysis, check out the Editors Lounge Pre-NAB Panel Discussion Video. It features Terry Curren, Michael Kammes, Mark Raudonis, and I talking about such things as how the growing move to tablet devices and internet distribution is [...] Read More...
  • Amazon Reinstates Discounts on Avid Agility

    Those of you who are thinking about purchasing my book “Avid Agility” may have noticed that Amazon stopped discounting it last week. Their discount formula is a closely guarded secret, but I’m happy to say that humans can prevail, and after I talked with tech support, they’ve reinstated it. In fact, they’re now offering the [...] Read More...
  • That Post Show — A Little Squirt of Dopamine

    Last week, I participated in another episode of Kanen Flowers’ “That Post Show” — this time covering the skill-set you’ll need in order to succeed in the real world of the professional editing room. The episode is entitled “Squirt of Dopamine” and also features Mike J. Nichols, Paul Zadie and, of course, Kanen. I think [...] Read More...
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