Jan 4th, 2007

Interview with Nikkos Mistriotis of XYZ-productions

Nikkos Mistriotis, Operation manager of XYZ-productions describes the situation here in Greece, regarding Apple software & hardware products concerning professional post productions houses.

He presented us with a small review of his company: “XYZ-productions is based in Athens, Greece; we are a productions house with post production facilities (Editing, CGI’s, DVD authoring, etc.) and also we provide TV-crews with broadcast cameras & sound equipment. Our clients are major networks from all around the world (APTN, ARD, BBC, etc.) and local public & privet pioneer TV stations (MEGA, ERT, NET etc.).”

He also states: “We are specialized in documentaries hard news, feature stories and corporate A/V; also we produce our own documentaries. The majority of our computers are Macintoshes, so our post production station is based on a Mac, the software we use for editing FCP is from Apple, the laptop (where we also edit) is a Mac. Last but not least the new edit station we recently acquired is a Mac. Οur CGI’s are Adobe® software products (After Effects®, Photoshop® etc.).”
Nikkos claims that: “There is no way to find editors for Final Cut Pro®, because most of them are AVID oriented; there is no training center to ...turn AVID editors to FCP ones. Of course editors using Motion®, Shake® and other Apple post production applications is totally out of the question”.

Concluding he said: “One of the problems that all the production houses face, when they want to invest in an Apple solution, is that the Apple products here in Greece are more expensive from those being sold to the rest of Europe; so most of them prefer acquiring those products from other countries. But even if any are willing to buy from Greece, they can’t find anything in stock, especially professional creative systems; though the major problem is that there is no kind of support at all (even via e-mail, telephone or any other media) for professionals!”

So, do they have to move their post production Co. to an other country or they have to continue buying from anywhere in Europe, except Greece? The third alternative is to switch to …Windows®.

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