It’s absolutely incredible what you can do with HD editing these days. Thanks to some amazingly powerful laptops, you can cut almost any high-definition video format, mix the audio, and output a high-quality DVD.
The one thing you can’t do, however, is bring along your client. Or the executive who has approval over your project. Or the script collaborator who needs to add late-breaking dialogue.
Well, that all may be about to change.
One of the most interesting booths at next month’s National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas will be Maximum Throughput (also known as Max-T Systems, Inc.). The company has come up with an intriguing multi-user editing application called MAXedit Server Edition. With the MAXedit Server Edition, you can launch a Web browser from anywhere in the field, access material stored on the MAXedit application server back home, and review, edit and render compressed and uncompressed SD/HD content –– all without needing a specialized workstation at your shoot location.
“MAXedit will alter the future of editing on location,” says John Miller, Maximum Throughput’s vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “It creates an entirely new way of looking at remote editing by enabling worldwide collaborative editing online.”
All of the editing software actually exists on the MAXedit system, so you can simply log on to the MAXedit application server over your Local Area Network (LAN) or over the Internet, and begin editing. This totally scalable editing application provides broad native support of tape-less, movie and sequence-of-images formats, such as Panasonic P2, Sony XDCAM, AVCHD, DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2/4 and DPX.
Max-T has also released their brand-new MAXcut Tool to expand that collaborative-editing capability even further. Its simple, rough-assembly software is so easy to use –– even a technically unsophisticated client can contribute raw edits and put together storyboards, and then you, the craft editor, can polish them with the more sophisticated tools of MAXedit. MAXcut is designed to facilitate the interactive sharing of creative editing decisions and the review/approval cycle involving all team members associated with a project. “The MAXcut Tool expands on the capabilities of MAXedit even further, so a client can contribute to the creative flow from any location at any point in the editing process,” Miller says.
Max-T developed the MAXedit Server Edition based on their experience with their successful Sledgehammer line of servers. And, since future expansion is undoubtedly in the works, it’s a relief to know that the company isn’t tying you in to proprietary technology –– Max-T's media-aware storage and server solutions deliver high performance over commodity networks using smart software that runs on industry-standard hardware.
If it lives up to its promise, the MAXedit Server Edition is going to open up a whole new era of remote-location editing. So the next time you head off to Timbuktu to shoot and edit a documentary about the Mande tribes, your clients with an Internet connection can come along from anywhere. You can cut your work in the field while you still have time for re-takes, and send the results to your clients for approval and review before taking your return flight home.
And you can bet I’ll be scoping out MAXedit for you at the 2009 NAB Show.
Maximum Throughput www.max-t.com