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What Software Is Used in Hollywood Blockbusters

What Software Is Used in Hollywood Blockbusters

What Software Is Used in Hollywood Blockbusters - Motionmile Blog

In today’s technologically advanced world we can capture high quality video at the touch of a button (or a screen) with the latest smartphones, and edit our footage using an abundance of amateur editing software. Even with all this new technology, it is still not even close to the quality of the videos produced in the professional film industry. Many of us find ourselves in awe at Hollywood blockbusters, wondering how they achieved such a high-quality finish and how they created such incredible and realistic effects. The software used by film editors on these Hollywood blockbusters is often powerful and they have a huge amount of training and experience in using them to the best of their abilities.


A common method that Hollywood film editors use when creating their masterpieces is NLE, which stands for Non Linear Editing. It is an idea that has been around for more than 40 years, but was only adopted by the film industry in the 1990’s. It is a type of video editing where raw material and footage is transferred to the hard disk and cut and edited there in any order you choose. By moving the footage to a hard disk, it is possible to edit the material independently of its linear order. This is common practice now in the film industry and offered by all major editing software. Here we take a look at what software is used in Hollywood blockbusters and why:


Avid Media Composer

Avid has been a top choice for film editors for many years and started out as one of the few options available for editing footage. One of the first companies to adopt the NLE idea, Avid were ahead of the game when the rest began to catch up, and they have done a good job of staying one step ahead ever since. It is widely used on almost all feature films and broadcast television, so the chances are that the next blockbuster you go to see on the big screen was cut and edited using Avid Media Composer.

Avid has faced fierce competition from many competitors over the years but has held its ground well and every film editor in the industry will be experienced on using the software. Many editors rave about features including the trim mode offered in Media Composer, which is a vital feature in an NLE editor as editors will spend a huge amount of time trimming their footage. Avid’s logical layout is also praised as an excellent benefit, the keyboard shortcuts are intuitive and easy, and there are limited layers of them unlike with other editing software.


Adobe Premiere Pro

Whilst Avid has been industry standard for many years, in recent times Adobe Premiere Pro has grown in popularity in the professional industry. It is already a firm favourite among amateur editors and has been for many years, but as the industry transforms so does the software being used. Premiere Pro is well known for pushing new features and staying up to date the latest trends and technologies, making a top option for many filmmakers.

Some big recent Hollywood blockbusters were edited using Premiere Pro, including Gone Girl, in which director David Fincher decide to use a full Premiere Pro workflow for its post production. Premiere Pro was chosen because it was faster than anything else on the market at the time, and the Dynamic Link feature between Premiere Pro and After Effects was a perfect solution or the huge number of effect shots used. Marvel hit Deadpool was also edited entirely using Premiere Pro because it was the most technology forward NLE available.


The Foundry’s Nuke

Developed by The Foundry, Nuke is another editing software that is popular among professionals in the film industry. It is commonly used in both television and film post production. The technology is cutting edge and offers a node-based toolkit for compositing, editing and reviewing footage. The workflows are collaborative and offer excellent flexibility for editing high quality footage. Many studios are artists across the globe are using Nuke to create epic finished videos and films, and it is even used in VR projects as well as big feature films.

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