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Jonathan Moser

Jonathan Moser is a Freelance Editor/Producer based in New York. He can be reached at:

Authored Articles
Review: NewBlueFX's TotalFX
Published: March 9, 2015

In July 2008, I reviewed NewBlueFX's first foray into the AVX world...simply called NewBlueFX. This was at a time when third-party support for Media Composer was on a bit of a decline and I was interested in finding out about this little company that was taking a chance with Avid when they were already successfully supplying filters for several other platforms.
Review: Boris FX's Continuum Complete 9
Published: August 5, 2014

Continuum Complete from Boris FX has had a unique relationship with Avid since 2005, when BCC was first bundled with MC, allowing it to become the de facto third-party effects package for Avid for many years. Since then, a number of competitors have followed, creating a cat and mouse game with constantly-evolving features. I believe this release of BCC9 represents a light-speed jump for the BCC line and a boon for editors. And remember, BCC isn't just an effects package — it also has a powerful suite of tools that range from titling to keying — a lot under the hood. Note: BCC is now no longer bundled with Media Composer.
Review: GenArts Sapphire V.7 for Media Composer
Published: May 6, 2013

Since 2000, Sapphire, GenArts’ premier filter set for Avid Media Composer, has arguably set the bar for special effects solely built within the editing system’s environment. Its relatively high price has kept Sapphire out of the hands of many primary users — the freelance editor — and allowed other lower-priced competitors to permeate the marketplace, but Sapphire’s arsenal is still among the most powerful in the industry.
Review: NewBlueFX's Titler Pro
Published: September 4, 2012

One of the perennial complaints you’ll hear from Avid users concerns the Title Tool in Media Composer. While great for basic slating and lower thirds, as well as crawls and scrolls, it’s basically unchanged since its introduction and has few bells and whistles.
Review: The Avid Assistant Editor’s Handbook
Published: June 8, 2012

Before I begin this review, a few words about assistant editors — they are the unsung heroes of post.
Review: Avid's Phrasefind & AV3's GET
Published: May 16, 2011

I thought it appropriate to combine both products in one review as both are based on the powerful Nexidia phonetic search engine and are tools that will essentially change the way we edit. Nexidia, by the way, is well-known in the IT industry for its work in developing phonetic search technologies. 
Book Review: 'Avid Agility'
Published: December 28, 2010

I haven't met Steven Cohen, but after reading his book, Avid Agility ($36.88), I feel like I have. Cohen was a pioneer in nonlinear editing, cutting the first studio feature to use Avid (Lost in Yonkers). He's taught at the AFI, was publisher of the Editor's Guild magazine and co-founded the Avid Editor's Advisory Committee. And, now, he's published the most ambitious and comprehensive book on Avid Media Composer I've read. (Avid should include this with every Composer system sold).
Published: July 15, 2010

Recently, Kirk Arnold, COO of Avid Technology, spoke with Post about their new Media Composer 5 and the future of the company.
Published: July 13, 2010

The introduction of the Matrox MX02 Mini actually makes a little bit of video history: It’s the first third-party hardware option Avid deemed worthy of being allowed into the exclusive club with Media Composer. Matrox is well-known for its quality and value, so the partnership with Avid bodes well for both companies.
Published: July 2, 2010

It was only a few years ago that Avid, trying to win back the hearts and minds of customers who were abandoning them and going to Final Cut and other systems, adopted the motto: “We’re Listening.” With the release of Media Composer 5, it’s obvious they did.
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