After 6 months of hard work, we are proud to present Editoid. The idea behind it is that of automating part of the editing process by using clip metadata in order to define its position in an edit.
Editoid is meant to work with Apple's revolutionary new editing application: Final Cut Pro X. It takes advantage of two of FCP's many new features: Keywords and Auditions.
Editoid's workflow is simple: Choose an FCP X project and export it as an XML file, saving it inside Editoid's templates folder. Editoid then creates new In and Out folders for the template.
Now, everytime you want to create a new project out of an Event and the template, just export the Event as an XML file, saving it inside the template's In folder. Editoid sees it and then generates a new project XML based on the template and using the Event's clips.
Keywords are the parameter used by Editoid to decide which clips go where in the generated project. So, for example, if a template has the keyword "Opening" on its first clip, this clip will be substituted by all Event's clips which have the same "Opening" keyword on them.
That's where Auditions enter the stage. They are the most adequate way of allowing several clips to be in the same timeline position, giving the editor the ability to easily review and choose among them the best fit.
Editoid tries to do its best in order to maintain all adjustments made in the template on the generated projects. Almost everything that Final Cut's XML sees Editoid keeps. It's not perfect, though. As the complexity of the edit grows, some issues may appear. And sometimes it's not Editoid's fault. For example, for very complex projects, full of connected clips, auditions and secondary storylines, importing the XML in FCP showed issues, even if we just exported the project from FCP and then imported it again with no outside XML manipulation.
The rule of thumb that Editoid tries to maintain is the total duration of the template edit and its individual clips' durations. For example, if an Event clip is shorter than the original template clip, Editoid then inserts a gap clip after the Event clip so that their total duration is equal to the template clip's duration.
We will shortly create a new support page in our site which will list the most common behaviors of Editoid regarding different edit situations. Stay tuned.
That's it. We hope you enjoy using Editoid.