OT: PBS/POV documentary equipment survey

larry-peter wrote on 11/20/2013, 10:59 AM
FWIW, here are the results of a survey by PBS/POV of documentary producers on the gear (hardware and software) currently used in productions.


Interesting info on equipment usage in general, but notably Sony Vegas Pro was used by 2% of respondents. That number doesn't look quite as terrible when you see the figures that only 16% are using PCs in their editing workflow. If VP has a 1/8 market share as professional (documentary producers) PC users' preferred NLE, that's definitely something to build on and shows that Vegas is a "pro" product.

Eventually creating a Mac version (as scary as that sounds to most of us) could be a smart move to solidify Vegas in the pro arena, and increased publicity and market share would definitely provide motivation to achieve stability in both platforms.


wwjd wrote on 11/20/2013, 12:45 PM
really intersting thanks!
robwood wrote on 11/20/2013, 12:55 PM
+1 that was great to go over thx!

ps ~ 2% sounds about right to me as a general estimate, not just Docs.
ushere wrote on 11/20/2013, 2:54 PM
+1 - very interesting indeed.
Tim L wrote on 11/20/2013, 5:05 PM
I found this interesting as well (I'm just a hobbyist).

Note that the survey only had 147 respondents, so "2%" means 3 people said "Vegas Pro". Anybody from this forum?
john_dennis wrote on 11/20/2013, 7:17 PM
I found it fascinating since I watch POV a lot. Canon cameras seem to be a favorite in that segment.

Maybe I'm just going through a bio-rythym "low" but I downloaded a copy of DaVinci Resolve Lite last weekend and so far the "steep learning curve" has been a brick wall for me. I've yet to get any media loaded into it.

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ushere wrote on 11/20/2013, 8:00 PM
i usually find any alcohol can usually lift a low, but slam you right back down there again immediately thereafter ;-)

there's some really, really good tuts on using resolve (sorry, no bookmarks on this pc) - stick with it, it's worth it - and yes, getting stuff into it in the first place WAS a huge hurdle ;-(