Archive for the 'software from the future' Category

Software from the future: editing on the iPhone

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009


In the future, we will be able to do more with the video we have shot on our iPhone. More than just the trimming of the heads and tails of a clip, no matter what the comments say. This cool idea came from Dave Taylor via Twitter.

Alex4d on software from the future

Friday, February 27th, 2009


We haven’t had a software from the future post in a while but Alex over at alex4d has a great one called Final Cut feature idea: Moving markers. And oh what a good idea it is. In fact it’s almost unfathomable that any editing application would be written without the ability to easily move markers. Premiere Pro CS4 can move markers in an edit timeline but just a click and drag. Final Cut Pro markers actually can be moved too but it require opening the Edit Marker window and typing in a new sequence timecode. Not near as elegant as a click and drag. I can’t imagine that it would be that hard to add that ability to easily move markers but I don’t program software so maybe it is. Check out Alex’s full post on the idea and let’s hope that it comes along in the next version of Final Cut Pro, whenever that may be.

Software from the future: slate detection

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

In the future, non-linear editing software might be able to recognize the unique characteristics of a camera slate in the frame and be able to mark or organize footage automatically.

Software from the future: marker pop-ups

Friday, October 26th, 2007


Someday…markers might become even more useful via a little pop-up window that shows text assigned to the marker. While today all markers can be labeled with content, that content is usually visible only by clicking the marker, bringing up a separate window or moving the playhead in the timeline to the marker. A pop-up would be handy in that just moving the mouse over a previously set marker would quickly reveal the contents without even a click.

And even better if there are options to customize how the pop-up interacted:


Software from the future: live scrubbing

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007


Someday … software engineers might take a page from the new iMovie playbook and enable some kind of live scrubbing feature. Live scrubbing would be nice in that you wouldn’t have to click and drag to scrub around a clip loaded into a viewing window in your NLE of choice. Ideally it would have some kind of visual indicator that it is enabled:


By just moving your mouse over the enabled scrub bar you could search around without clicking and dragging. It might not seem like much but scrubbing without having to click and drag just might save some repetitive stress on your mousing hand after years of editing.

Software from the future: watch folder

Thursday, May 10th, 2007


Someday… maybe we will be able to have a special bin or “watch folder” in our non-linear editing application of choice. That special “watch folder” will watch a designated folder in the Finder of your Macintosh and whenever you add an element to that folder it will automatically be updated in the bin of your NLE app that is currently watching that folder. This would be very handy if you are constantly getting new music and graphics to add to an edit.

Software from the future: background rendering

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007


Someday background rendering will be something editors take for granted as we send multiple sequnces off to render and continue on editing without so much as a blip in performance. But then when will we go to the bathroom?

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