Originally Posted by minderbinder
Wow, you're a braver soul than I, or most people I know doing pro editing work.
And you really haven't had issues with exporting mixes? Or do you get around it by playing back in STP and recording it in somehow?
I'm sorry my post surprises you so much. I have no issues with exporting mixes. I export both 6-channel discreet stems along with stereo mix-downs (Lt Rt) and haven't encountered any issues or errors.
The only issue we're having with Soundtrack is that it doesn't let the AJA card and the Motu co-exist very well. It works well with the Kona cards but not the lower-end cards.
But as far as functionality, GUI, and getting work done it seems perfectly suited to our task. Again, we're an "in-house whenever possible" type of shop. If we hadn't convinced MGM and CN on a non-Avid, non-Protools workflow we couldn't pull this show off on the budget.
My sound editors do most of the grunt work (sound effects editing) in the FCP timeline and then export separate tracks (Dialog, ADR, Foley, SFX1, SFX2, Ambiance, Music) and then we import those in Soundtrack. We do not use the "send to" commands. The reason we don't is because we need to import the final mixed tracks back into a FCP sequence that has the audio setup for discreet channels (for dubbing out to HDCAM-SR). So it is possible we're not experiencing any of the XML bugs because we avoid that altogether.
Also, I want to point out that I've recently finished editing and sound design on my first live-action feature film that recently screened at Cannes. This sound design workflow was the exact same workflow I illustrated above. It worked great.
We just delivered all 6-channel stems to the distributor (NTSC full mix, NTSC M&E, PAL full mix, PAL M&E, NSTC stereo mix down, NTSC stereo M&E, PAL stereo mix down, PAL stereo M&E). All without a hitch.
And I'm not saying that Soundtrack Pro is perfect or without flaw. It certainly has room for improvement. What I'm objecting to is this notion that it's just a stupid app no one cares about and should just be dropped from the suite.