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Reality TV Producer Bunim/Murray Drops Final Cut For Avid

Television production company Bunim/Murray, the company which pioneered reality television with MTV's the Real World, has dropped Final Cut Pro in favor of an editing system from Avid, according to a press release from Avid.

Avid today announced that renowned television production company, Bunim/Murray Productions, has selected Avid Media Composer® 6 and Avid Symphony® 6 editing software for all of its programs beginning in early 2012. Bunim/Murray joins a growing number of professional users who have returned to using Avid solutions from Final Cut Pro to meet their production workflow requirements. Additionally, as part of this implementation, Bunim/Murray also plans to deploy an Avid ISIS® 5000 shared storage system to effectively store and share media across its organization.

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“Due to the large volume of media generated by our reality shows, we needed to re-evaluate our editing and storage solutions. At the same time, we were looking for a partner who would understand our long-term needs,” said Mark Raudonis, senior vice president of Post Production at Bunim/Murray. “As we talked with Avid, it was clear that the company has really forged ahead since we worked with them years ago. Their commitment to the needs of their professional customers, like us, is clear. And, with the introduction of Media Composer 6, they really raised the bar and have a vision for the future that makes them the right choice for our business.”
Apple introduced a completely rewritten version of its Final Cut Pro video editing suite earlier this year to mixed reviews, especially amongst professional editors. The reception was so poor that Apple put its legacy version of Final Cut Studio back on sale in September.

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35 months ago
This should really surprise no one. The quote, "Their commitment to the needs of their professional customers, like us, is clear." should sting. Apple, Inc's entire direction is away from the professional consumer who helped build their success in the first place (killing Xserve, the FCP debacle, nebulous MacPro future, Lion!). You've made your choice, Apple. Now sleep in the bed you've made.
Rating: 17 Votes
35 months ago

This should really surprise no one. The quote, "Their commitment to the needs of their professional customers, like us, is clear." should sting. Apple, Inc's entire direction is away from the professional consumer who helped build their success in the first place (killing Xserve, the FCP debacle, nebulous MacPro future, Lion!). You've made your choice, Apple. Now sleep in the bed you've made.


Spot on. IMO the last 18 months has shown that Apple no longer have a long term commitment to the Mac past consumer use.
Rating: 15 Votes
35 months ago
Wait - they edit reality TV? Could have fooled me.
Rating: 13 Votes
35 months ago
^ agreed Kabeyun...
Apple was always the professionals choice for hardware/software in the video and audio industry, now they are geared towards phones and Ipads.. O well..
Rating: 13 Votes
35 months ago

This is no skin of Apple's......apple?


Actually, it is. You just can't see it happening because it's a trickle-down effect. The professionals are "influencers" and if Apple loses them, they'll be losing the inner foundation and core that saved them in the first place.
Rating: 12 Votes
35 months ago
Hopefully Peter Steinauer is using this and other examples as bulletin board material to motivate the designers and programmers to get their **** together. If FCPX2 doesn't come out within the next year and address almost all the complaints from professionals, they can kiss the pro video and film market goodbye for the foreseeable future.

Companies and editors are not going to stay on FCP7 for another few years waiting for FCPX to be brought back up to standard. Many of them will likely switch to Avid or Premiere as well as replacing their machines with Windows PCs. Once this happens, it will be another 3-5 years before they would even consider switching back to FCPX, and many wouldn't do so just because of this previous headache and lost trust in Apple.

What really bothers me about this is that Apple has many editors and creative professionals who have had their back and have been pushing for them for years within companies. They have had to fight long and hard to get managers and others to justify spending more on Apple Hardware. Now they look bad, and will likely have a harder time being trusted when it comes to purchase decisions. I really feel sorry for anyone who had their news stations or other large scale companies fully invest in FCP Server to only have it be discontinued 2 years later.

I for one will not be sticking my neck out for Apple anymore in professional settings, as I've been burned by them enough to where it's making me look bad. I have begun advising clients and others to switch to Avid or Premiere if they are going to upgrade their systems. As someone who has been a long time supporter of Apple since the early 90's using Adobe products and then onto FCP and Logic, it's sad to see the company that helped inspire me into my current career begin to abandon my field and turn almost all of their focus on consumer goods.
Rating: 12 Votes
35 months ago

Read up. They STARTED reality tv.


Pretty sure that was a slam at reality TV, not Bunim/Murray. :rolleyes:

I hate reality TV and avoid watching it, but playing devil's advocate, I'd bet that such shows actually require the same if not more editing and re-work than more structured shows.
Rating: 10 Votes
35 months ago
God, that is one ugly logo...
Rating: 10 Votes
35 months ago

If their workflow looks even half like what I think it does, I am surprised they held out so long.

The hint here is that its not just MC, but a full AVID solution. That means everything from PT edit bays to ISIS storage, MC editing, MAM management, DS ingest, AVID Motion CG, Symphony finishing, etc.

For the type of work they do, I would postulate that this really isn't an FCP vs AVID issue so much as an overall workflow issue.


Having very recently worked there on possibly one of the last shows to use FCP (and in an editorial support position) I can say that media management was a growing issue and their decision to move to Avid (IF it was mainly for the media management abilities) was absolutely the right move.

It bums me out because I love apple and my Mac Pro and want to see them do well, but even though I started on FCP, workin on Avid really was just so much nicer (though not interface wise! My, that's an ugly program).

And to the uninformed fellow above saying that Hollywood productions were going the way of the music industry, I'm afraid you're woefully misinformed on just what level of effort and expertise is required at so very many stages of the filmmaking progress to be anywhere close to correct. Feature films, and the industry around them, are not about to die. The means of distribution absolutely are! But that doesn't mean the experts are about to be replaced by the average person any time soon.

dennis
Rating: 9 Votes
35 months ago
Yeah, this will only accelerate. I'm a senior editor at one of the three major networks, and we're all joking about Final Cut X. We'll probably just go back to Avid, though Premiere is interesting.

What's funny is that we just switched to FCP two years ago. Massive, network-wide, corporation-wide switch. Ours is one megacorporation that won't be buying Mac again anytime soon.

Pennywise and pound-foolish of Apple to alienate it's most ardent users, I think. But then again, I just bought a Macbook Pro, so what does that say ;)
Rating: 9 Votes

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