2003's Cold Mountain was marked as something of a technological and industry turnaround in editing. The film's editor, Walter Murch, cut the film together on Apple's sub-$1000 Final Cut Pro software using off-the-shelf G4s. Before this, films often had to use expensive Avid systems and that was usually the standard editing system for big budget films, in particular. Murch efforts on the film were documented in the 2005 book Behind the Seen: How Walter Murch Edited Cold Mountain Using Apple's Final Cut Pro and What This Means for Cinema. Extremely long title aside, Murch helped push for more cost-efficient editing technology that not only helped bigger films but smaller indie projects that couldn't afford the Avid systems. Stay tuned!
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