New to editing. Starting with Avid Xpress. Getting very envious of my peers in school who wont touch anything Avid with a ten foot pole. For them, it's Final Cut all the way. Now I'm starting to understand why.
I've used Final Cut at school and it just works, period.
Avid has been a completely different story. The Xpress Pro system at school gives enough error messages and crashes to be extremely annoying and seriously slow down my workflow.
I've recently installed Xpress DV on my home system and I have had NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING but trouble with it.
Because I noticed on the Avid site that Avid seems to love Nvidia graphics cards, I just changed out a perfectly good ATI card to an Nvidia GeForce 6200 with 256mb memory. This has helped a bit in terms of overall playback smoothness but it has not solved my largest problems with Avid to date.
1. I still get constant error messages, like "Adm.Adm.Overrun" and I get some message about samples not transferred or something.
2. The most annoying thing is that I can capture either audio or video. NEVER the two together. If I have captured footage. I can only playback audio or video, NEVER the two together. If I try to do audio and video together, the system just does nothing or works for just a second before freezing.
3. Avid does not give tech support for Xpress DV and the Avid Forums have been of little help.
Is all this muss and fuss and instability typical of Avid? If all of this hardware sensitivity, and errors, and crashes are typical of Avids software, I need to know now, so I can make the switch to Final Cut before spending anymore money on Avid.
I mean realy, I'm at my wits end with this application and I can't believe the manufacturer doesn't even care to help!