Good Heavens... Now this is truly a sight 4 sore eyes!!! Good shot RAY! You deserve a medal. I had long given up hope of any more SR discussions... no matter where it came from.
I have been an ardent fan of SR since the very beginning (96-97-98??). I got introduced via the DPS PAR board and automatically adopted SR when I upgraded to the Perception Card w/PFX. I probably joined pigsfly in '98 or '99 because I sourced my hardware & software direct from US to South Africa and had only myself to rely on for making this stuff cook.
I was very distressed to hear that in:sync probably no more... I can't believe it, with such a good clean well priced product? I have endured much ridicule over the last seven years concerning my choice of NLE but I still firmly believe that I definitely made the right choice... considering what it cost me and the quality it delivers. In fact my version of SR is so bullet proof that I have chosen to ignore all new flavours of MSWins... beginnig w/ 95! I have stuck with NT4 SP3 then SP6 because of SR. I'm still running 3.51 h and it absolutlely rocks. I have never been asked to do anything that I couldn't get done on my old dual P3 system. The only thing that I really wish I could do is output to mpeg. I have skimmed the usual support networks a couple of times over the last three years but have usually met with dead ends and I lost interest. Maybe someone can let me know... can any of the later versions render directly to mpeg1&2?
I have absolutely no wish to migrate to XP and Premier as I only use batch capture to control VTR's not mini-cams. Sorry... I refuse to redesign the wheel when it isn't nearly broke!!!
peter butler, designZoo
Thanks for your post Peter.
I turns out a lot of folks are still using SR and lot of us sure wish it were still around.
Fact is that software like Premiere Pro is starting to actually move past where SR left off. I know a lot of people hate to hear that but I for one think it is true.
Lots of things are about to happen Peter that will force a lot of folks to upgrade nearly everything they own. Within a year we will all be running 64bit software on Vista and trust me (I am running a beta) you will love it.
If you remember the pain of migrating from 16 to 32 bit, ouch that hurt. The software emulators just did not work, so then you had to beg to get vendors to rewrite code in 32 bit.
Fact is that 64 bit is here just in time. In time for HD. In a recent study it is predicted that 7 our of 10 television sets purchased will be HD in only a bit more then 10 years.
In the next year nearly ten major cable/sat networks are going HD. That means those who want to sell to these markets will need to produce in HD.
Keep your eye on people like Gates and others for a lower cost HD spot playback system. THAT will determine how fast local stations demand spots in HD.
Anyway glad you have joined us. Good luck with SR and keep us posted as to how it is holding up.