DRM in latest QuickTime cripples Adobe video editing code
Artists and producers fume
The latest version of Apple's QuickTime media player has video production people venting their spleens after discovering that new digital rights management features have crippled the use editing software from Adobe.
Shortly after updating to QuickTime 7.4, legions of people charged chat groups to report they were unable to access files created with Premier and After Effects, two pricey Adobe programs used for editing video. A product manager for After Effects is suggesting users hold off installing the QuickTime update until Adobe and Apple get things straightened out.
Those After Effects users unfortunate enough to have installed the update get a DRM-related error when trying to access their video files. It reads: "After Effects error: opening movie - you do not have permission to open this file (-54)."
The error is the result of periodic checks QuickTime carries out on video files for piracy violations. Videos created using Adobe products don't supply the needed headers until the movies are rendered, prompting the overly protective QuickTime to conclude they are contraband that should be barred.
Apple doesn't make it easy for users to revert back to an earlier version of QuickTime, so the update has plagued many video production users on tight deadlines. Work-arounds include rolling back the entire system using Time Machine, if you've got it, or turning to a special-purpose program like Pacifist to roll back QuickTime to an earlier version. ®
Security is the user's responsibility
I can put my Windows system in a network "straitjacket" and firewall it up to the eyeballs. That's just the start - proxy software stops malware before it's downloaded (and has the handy advantage that I can surf without adverts). Anti-virus? Sure, but that's like deploying guards inside your castle - provided your outer defences are good enough, they won't be too busy.
Whatever system you run, security depends on how seriously you take it as a user. I run a Sun Blade 2000 at home with a hardened Solaris 10 installation, but there is no way would I connect even that to the Internet without at least one hardware firewall in between. No matter how diligent Sun's bug-fixing policy is (and I know, I once worked for them) - there is still the undeniable fact that a zero-day exploit can catch anyone with their pants down. So don't take unnecessary risks!
Software vendors don't make it easy, I admit - but I would find it hard to justify unfettered network access to a production Mac, no matter how secure you think it might be: Use a crappy Windows PC for internet access; keep it on a firewalled, separate subnet from your other machines - and keep your internal network secure. If the only thing you need 'net access for is surfing the Register, reading e-mail and downloading stuff, there is no good reason to connect a production system to the Internet at all. And if you need specific services or services (like Adobe stock), add these things in manually - don't allow unfettered access.
There are total 2 genres of Professional Video editors, AVI or Mov
1) Mov based (sometimes called quicktime based)
2) AVI based.
The end. Nothing else.
A "mov" file is preferred since it is multiplatform, has excellent timecode support, colour correction layers, anything you can imagine on a single file.
When professionals speak about Mov, they are not speaking about the Mov files you see on Net. They are speaking about Terabyte level, uncompressed, RAW videos with seperate timecode track and insane levels of audio channels.
So, if you suggest VLC to them, you make VLC look funny.
I tell you the camps.
AVI Camp: Adobe Premiere Pro, Video Toaster (aka VT). Video Toaster is generally preferred by news guys. Premiere Pro is... Anyway, lets not make its fans mad.
Mov (Quicktime Camp): AVID, Final Cut Pro (Class A TV series like HBO stuff, blockbuster movies, independent movies)
If Apple does end user consumer jokes on Quicktime Framework like that, your TV station or favourite movie director/editor gets hit.
The issue is, those ex-Linux "I know c++, look at my Stanford diploma" guys Apple hires. They have no experience with professional production workflow, they don't know what it means to check a 2K/4K file every 10 min. How would they seperate the file and figure if it is professional or end user? Even size check would be OK yet alone there are hundreds of quicktime headers to give the clue.
OS X is especially preferred on very high bandwidth (2K/4K) projects because you don't have to run a online (e.g. check written files) antivirus, you can disable journaling. Why? Because on such projects, you are at limit of bandwidth current storage technology provides. Read a file every 10 min to check? You can't enable journaling because of 5-10% overhead! You can't run antivirus.
We speak about an industry which ATTO SCSI/Fiber cards having their own CPU is used to handle the storage.
Welcome to the Real World
Welcome to the rest of the computing world, Apple now behaves like everyone else (actually they have already been but now have the "media's" ear with their "cool" devices like iPods and iPhones.
It seems that most Apple fans have rose colored glasses when it comes to past Apple practices. They are typically very forgiving of their favored cult, until it starts costing more and more and more money for the "professionals".
Who remembers OS 10.0 crashing constantly, or OS 10.2.8 (or was it 10.2.7) breaking just about every firewire attached drive regardless of make and model.
Apple may be a very nice, popular and niche hardware/software provider but as they get more and more popular they are going to have to change their tactics and methods of customer support, otherwise they will be exactly like Intel and Microsoft.