Steve Martin has written an extensive first look at Final Cut Pro X. This is real helpful for those wanting to upgrade. What are your thoughts on this complete rewrite of FCP?
Colin: Great post and very comprehensive review.I found this piece today:http://www.winstonhearn.com/home/2011/6/23/apples-response-to-the-final-cut-pro-x-release.htmlAs well as this review:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/technology/personaltech/23pogue.html?pagewanted=allBottom line for me, I will not up/downgrade to FCP X. The fact that it won't allow plugins disturbs me and illustrates that the higher end users were not in the center of their design target.There are a number of nice intuitive changes in X, which I applaud, but throwing out the professional level output options, opening up the entire library every time does not make sense to me. While I am all for making the interface easier, too many babies got thrown out with the bathwater.Now I wonder if I will upgrade to Lion because I want to keep running FCP 7 until XI or XII is released.
"too many babies got thrown out with the bathwater" well said Michael
Thanks Eric.Longer crit here:http://magazine.creativecow.net/article/final-cut-pro-x-whats-missing-for-some-pros"It's just painfully obvious this is a consumer product first and a professional application second. If that's Apple's goal, that's perfectly fine because the consumer market FAR exceeds the professional market. Just tell us so we can move on instead of waiting out this two year game of "what will they do."
After reading all the "editors" complaining, about FCPX, I'm wondering for many of us video journalists if all those missing features really matter to us. I don't need an EDL or really care that Multi-cam is missing. Like most, I am kinda freaked that I have to learn a new program--but I will in time. I understand this is a Version 1 product and it will improve over time. My question to the FtF community: Will you wait or are you going to jump in and buy right away?
Geez even Conan O'Brien and his editors are getting involved in the whole Final Cut Pro X debate
Colin:After reading everything and looking at a few things, it looks like a souped up version of iMovie, which was a step up from their first video editing. I have built one or two projects in iMovieHD and I actually preferred the older version. There are a number of controls which are easier in FCP and a few things the program does on auto that FCP X seems to address.I like the plural eyes addition and agree with you that many features being complained about we don't need, BUT, I am looking forward to their second or third version of this instead of jumping in on this.I would have preferred if they called this FCP X Light for the prosumer market and worked up to a FCP that added many of these features, lost some headaches, but provided the control we currently have. I understand targeting the larger slice of the market, but to cripple your top of the line product that gets you the street cred and push people away doesn't make sense. Almost every day the Apple home site markets who used FCP to create movies.I hear you on the gear issues though. Hang in there.Mike
If you want to go deep, here it is...http://5by5.tv/talkshow/49The Lonely Sandwich guy argues for what I would too. Hang tight, wait 18 months to a year and everything will work out.