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Behind the Seen: How Walter Murch Edited Cold Mountain Using Apple’s Final Cut Pro and What This Means for Cinema by Charles Koppelman

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Chapter 9. Another Rubicon Crossed

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The Murch family at Beatrice’s wedding.

JUNE 7, 2003—BLACKBERRY FARM, CALIFORNIA

On a warm, overcast afternoon on the expansive front deck, Walter Murch’s daughter Beatrice marries Kragen Sitaker. Two days later, still home, Walter gets back to the business of finishing Cold Mountain. It’s coming down to the wire with Apple about getting the beta, or even alpha, version of the XML software that could be used to transfer sound information from Final Cut Pro to Pro Tools, the sound editing application. If they are going to receive it (Apple’s Will Stein initially said no) Murch and Cullen must put it right to ...

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