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August 2019

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  • The Production 100
    Tim Dams introduces Televisual’s Production 100 survey of the indie television sector, and reveals how producers are grappling to embrace new opportunities in a fast-changing TV landscape
  • The Genre Report: Factual TV
    Broadcasters are rethinking factual in light of streamer success in the genre. Pippa Considine reports
  • Bringing it Back
    A fresh approach to making archive docs is helping to boost their popularity with viewers. Michael Burns reports
  • IBC preview
    The Amsterdam show is a great place to check out new launches and the latest kit. Televisual offers a glimpse of what will be on offer this yea
  • HDR and Atmos
    The best way to create high-end drama using an HDR and Dolby Atmos workflow
  • Riverside returns
    A look inside the revamped London studio
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  • UK VFX fights to stay on top
    The UK’s vfx industry has become a world beating business, but negotiating the post Brexit landscape will be crucial for keeping it on top. Jon Creamer reports
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Production Technology Survey 2018 Back to Reports & survey Listing

There are no big changes at the top of the poll of the most popular editing systems in this year’s production technology survey.
Avid retains its crown as the most popular system with 54% of respondents naming it as their system of choice (that’s exactly the same figure as last year). Avid can still justifiably claim to be the industry standard with various respondents naming it as their choice because it “still seems to be industry standard for documentary facilities” and because, as one comedy producer says, “it’s what all post houses have.” It’s also what lots of editors are used to. The “best editors prefer it,” says one factual series producer.

Reliability is also a factor for Avid with another factual TV series producer describing it as “rock solid” while others point to Avid’s “comprehensive backup.” “Avid editing since 1993, support is second to none,” says one corporate production boss.

Adobe Premiere has moved up slightly in popularity this year with 36% of respondents naming it as their system of choice (33% last year). One ceo of a factual TV indie said they used the system “due to 
its longevity and flexibility.”

Many others cite the system’s tie in with other Adobe products. “Integration with After Effects and Photoshop,” was the reason one commercials producer gave along with many others. Price point was also unsurprisingly a factor.

Apple’s FCP 6,7 or Studio and FCP X have taken another dip in popularity according to our poll, dropping four percentage points and two percentage points respectively. There’s been another move forward for Blackmagic Design’s editing, grading, vfx and audio tool Da Vinci Resolve as it becomes the editing system of choice for 7% of respondents (5% last year).

We also asked respondents about their current use of cloud based remote editing/logging. According to our survey, take up is not speeding ahead. 28% said they were not using cloud based remote editing but they planned to soon but 44% said they had no plans to at all. These figures represent a drop from last year.

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