OK, there’s a new “feature” in Cortex 2.0 that’s driving our operators crazy. Cortex now remembers the playback position of each clip. For example, you’re playing Clip 1 and leave the playhead in the middle of the clip. Now you click on Clip 2 and start playing, logging, whatever. Now if you click back on Clip 1, the playhead is in the middle of the clip.
This behavior is very similar to what Avid Media Composer does with clips. And it makes total sense to have this feature IF YOU’RE EDITING. You want to stop a clip, compare different angles, go back to the same clip, same position as before.
BUT IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE FOR DAILIES. Processing dailies is quite a different animal than editing. With dailies the operators need to log and check hundreds of clips very quickly. The most important info is near the IN point (director calls ‘roll cam/sound’, slate clap with info and sync, director calls ‘action’). Then we check the middle of the clip, make sure all is ok and in sync, then mark the OUT point at the end. Later, when the operators are double checking everything, they go to each slate clap to make sure all is logged/marked/synched correctly.
In version 1.5.4 when you clicked on a clip it automatically brought you to the IN point which was idea for dailies. But now with 2.0.3 it jumps to the last played position (normally the OUT point). So now the operators have to jump back to the IN point to double check the clip. This may seem simple, but it adds to the keystrokes they have to type and compounds the frustration.
Here’s my request: in the lower left of the Cortex app there’s a popup menu for the ‘feature set’ of Dailies. Current options are ‘ALL’, “DAILIES” or “EDITORIAL”. My request is if the “DAILIES” option is selected, then clips act like they did in 1.5.4 (jump back to IN point when selecting a clip). But if the EDITORIAL or ALL options are selected, it can use the current behavior of remembering the playback position.
Or maybe just a simple preference somewhere with a checkbox or popup menu for “Clip behavior” with options like “Jump to IN point” and “Remember last played position”