7 professional editors who are using FCPX share they opinion and thoughts to Philip Bloom about Final Cut Pro X and they reveal why they are using it. Should we really call this suite the iMovie Pro or it is a decent or even great editing tool, even for professionals?
Michael Friedman recons that he was grumpy and resistant when Final Cut Pro X appeared on the market, but he also felt intrigued by the new approach and interface. FCP is a monumental change with its interface with no widgets and no tracks, but after months of editing with it, Friedman believes that the new version bring more freedom and flexibility.
What he dislikes? That he can't iimport a clip that would have a direct relationship to a file on his computer that he could break and relink at will. However let's not forget that there's the 10.0.3 update.
Michael had a roller coaster of emotions with Apple's suite but there were many small moments where he was loving FCP X. So maybe even you should give it a try?
"I encourage you to download the demo of FCP X. Try it. Get frustrated. Work through the frustration. Get angry. Be surprised. Keep going. In the end, it may not be a good solution for you. But, if you spend some time with it, you are bound to find some small, new way to to approach editing. And you may find it exciting, like I did."
James Horner downloaded the demo version as he had a project he could try out the software on. He planned to shoot it on his new Canon 7D. James got intrigued with FCPX and he admits that the suite is fast, more realtime and really smooth. And it can have a great future however Apple needs to eliminate the steps backwards if you compare the suite to its predecessor.
"Now with the arrival of 10.0.3 things are where they probably should have been when they released it: Broadcast monitoring, Multicam, a cheaper OMF solution, XML, importation of Photoshop files with layers and the ability thanks to Philip Hodgetts, to import your FCP7 projects via 7toX. I’d like to give this program a good run on a beefier tower configuration (I cut the promo on a 17’ MacBook Pro) with lots of RAM, dual screens and a calibrated monitor. With this setup, I’m feeling the interface will need some changes – I can see myself having problems with screen real estate when I have 20 video plus 20 audio tracks."
Cameron King is really pleased that Apple finally introduced the multi-cam synchronization - the function he absolutely needed. He admits that in FCPX everything syncs perfectly, it's fast, and he's really enjoying the software.
"I’ve actually started doing some client work in FCPX. There are certain things, that frustrate me still, but that’s only from ignorance. The more time I spend with it, the more comfortable I become. It’s working out nicely. Plus, I really enjoy the aesthetics of the software."
Adam Barton was shocked by the re-vamp introduced with FCPX but also intrigued. However he also felt that without the pro features nobody would take the suite seriously. But he also thinks that here’s often a tendency for people to want things to stay the same.
"Recently I loaded my new short into FCPX using the new XML plug-in and realized I could use it simply as an online tool. Cut in FCP7 then finish it off in FCPX! That was very useful and a bit of a game changer. PreviousIy I graded all the music videos I shot last year with it. I did titles, music effects, and even tried the groovy optical flow for other pro jobs. Now I’m hoping the BBC doc I’m doing can be cut on FCPx too, its certainly looking good with this last update. Maybe its time for us to accept its here to stay."
Eli Ungar-Sargon was also curious about Final Cut Pro X. He liked what he saw and so he decided to give FCPX a try. However he didn't like feel that he wasn’t in complete control of his own work. With the latest release (10.0.3) the experience has been much better:
"The performance is much improved over the first few versions, although it’s still not as snappy as I’d like. Multicam works a charm as do all of the features that originally made the application attractive in theory. In sum, the benefits at this point in time far outweigh the remaining issues and I think that it’s a good time for my colleagues to reconsider Apple’s contender. Final Cut Pro X is a powerful tool that has finally come into its own and I, for one, am well on my way to acceptance."
Alan Seawright feels that there are some downsides to the software, basically that you need to learn it from the beginning and he has a personal list of items he’d love to see changed in future like the ability to reorganize the layout, better color correction abilities, more and better options for sound export, and a hundred other tiny details.
"The fact is though, I have a similar list for Premiere Pro, and MC6, and I’m able to churn out quality work for my clients faster with FCPX. I don’t work at a major post facility, but for the work I do: broadcast, theatrical, and web, I’m faster using FCPX, and looking forward to it continuing to grow."
Chip Dizárd downloaded FCPX on the day it was releases in the Mac App Store and - like many other editors - he saw iMovie Pro in it. This is why he used it only video blog and other small projects. But some time passed and he decided to teach Final Cut Pro X to his students and he believes that this was one of the best decisions of his teaching career.
"One of the most powerful features in my opinion of Final Cut Pro X is metadata. You can add keyword collections, smart collections, and what Philip Hodgett wrote about called derived metadata."
He is also really pleased with the 10.0.3 update and the new features introduced with it - especially the multi-cam support and XML 1.1.
"Working with Final Cut Pro X has been like being a cruise that starts off really bad, but you know by the end of the vacation it will get better, and it just did."
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