We learned this month that the Coen Brothers used what’s historically been Apple’s consumer video editing software – Final Cut Pro – to edit True Grit. The make of DSLR camera that I use, Canon’s “prosumer” EOS 5D Mark II, has been used for shooting professional 1080p HD (see Luminère example as well as at least three television seasons of Fox’s House, BBC Two’s Shelfstackers and BBC Four’s Road to Coronation Street). A new version of Final Cut Pro is expected this Spring with major enhancements (link: TechCrunch).
Production capital and human costs for television are arguably making the industry non-competitive, as Michael Rosenblum has evangelized, so this can’t help being a healthy trend. Of course, in the end, it’s about both costs and culture. --Dennis