David Oneal Video Editor from the 90’s to now

People seriously hated when Apple brought out Final Cut Pro X. I loved it in 2011 and still love it now, and that reminds me of Avid, all the editors in the 90s hated it when it came out…. and they all got fired or died …. David Oneal started out as a video tape editor and quickly discovered the Avid Editing system and fell in love with it in 1993.

 I was an Avid editor since 1994, and I started with Final Cut Pro in 2008. When X came out, I downloaded it and edited a 30-minute TV series on the same day with it. Say what you want, but use Adobe Premiere feels like I’m back in 1995 again. People are slow to change, but Apple takes advantage of the Mac Pro 

“David Oneal nobody will take you seriously if you edit broadcast TV on a computer, video tape is hear to stay, you idiot! “

– People who worked with me and then lost their jobs and I TOOK their jobs lol

I recall that when I started editing in 1991 the editing systems, we’re all still video tape-based, and the new thing at the time was this little machine called the Avid. At the time in 1991, all the machine could do was make a log of the images off of a Betacam sp video tape.

I learned how to edit video on a grass valley 241 edit controller and used a KSCOPE DVE for effects with a grass valley video switcher and we edited to Sony D2 tapes and Panasonic D3 tapes. But in 1994 there was a change and all of a sudden Avid was getting better abs I was at the E! Channel and I was working on the Howard Stern TV show.

They were using an Avid in low res mode to actually broadcast the daily show. It was crude but it worked since the cameras were stationary and the low rez held up and so I took about 4 months and I was an Avid editor working in the show daily.

In 1997 David Oneal bought an Avid system for $145,000 and we had a 8gb shuttle drive for $3500. It was the first of it’s kind in Orange County, California and we made serious cash with it

I edited the back street boys videos on it and medical videos and my Disneyland videos and became a master in it

In 1999 I sold my avid to work on friends and a show called profiler for modern video film. We delivered the first finished tv shows for broadcast to NBC

The older editors there poo-pooed the machine I used- I was just 28 years old, and they had been editing since the 1960s and thought they knew best. They eventually lost their jobs, and I became the lead and a new form or video editor was born and it was called ”preditor” for producer-editor

Now I use final cut and it’s awesome and people still hate on me, and you know what who the fuck cares.