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First Look at Final Cut Pro X

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Colin Mulvany June 21, 2011, 11:50 a.m. permalink

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?

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Michael Fagans June 23, 2011, 2:24 p.m. permalink

Colin: Great post and very comprehensive review.

I found this piece today:

As well as this review:

Bottom 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.

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Eric Seals June 23, 2011, 4:12 p.m. permalink

"too many babies got thrown out with the bathwater" well said Michael

I'm bummed about the plugin issue as well and plan to stick with FCP 7 for the time being. 

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Michael Fagans June 23, 2011, 4:14 p.m. permalink

Thanks Eric.

Longer crit here:

"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."

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Eric Seals June 23, 2011, 4:47 p.m. permalink

iMovie Pro is not the way to go!  LOL!!

That David Pogue video was funny! --> 

And a good read with that link from creativecow.  Thanks for that.  

I will still like to play with FCPX but I'm not jumping on the bandwagon yet

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Colin Mulvany June 23, 2011, 9:48 p.m. permalink

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? 

My biggest issue  in moving forward is trying to get my newspaper to buy a new Open CL rated video card to make FCPX run properly. The video card I have now on a 2007 8-core Mac Pro is a Quadra 4500--a $1400.00 card in its day, What a waste. My 2008 MacBook Pro is out of spec too. Not much hope for a new laptop anytime soon either. 

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Eric Seals June 24, 2011, 12:30 p.m. permalink

Geez even Conan O'Brien and his editors are getting involved in the whole Final Cut Pro X debate

Funny stuff!

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Michael Fagans June 24, 2011, 2:54 p.m. permalink


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.


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Michael Fagans June 29, 2011, 2:19 p.m. permalink

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Michael Fagans June 30, 2011, 5:06 p.m. permalink

If you want to go deep, here it is...

The Lonely Sandwich guy argues for what I would too. Hang tight, wait 18 months to a year and everything will work out.

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