So last week I downloaded FCP X for our computers in the multimedia lab. Like most post-production people out there, I had my doubts and concerns about what exactly Apple was doing. My initial impression, FCP X is a glorified version of iMovie (the new one – the one that can’t really do anything). There was a time 6 or so years ago when iMovie was a reasonable program. There was a lot you couldn’t do, but there was a certain level of professionalism that I admired. Then iMovie ’08 (version 7) hit, and it was a complete change. I could no longer stand to use it, which was fortunate, because I had spent the previous 4 years learning how to edit in Final Cut. Final Cut was it, the software that had all the features I could ever need (save for “3D” depth & motion graphics – later to arrive in Motion & in my learning of After Effects). I have been editing with Final Cut now for 8+ years and with the release of FCP X, I had big concerns.
This redesign is a joke, if you ask me. Where did all the ease of Final Cut go. I feel like Apple tried to make it more “simplified” for the users, encouraging more people to get into video and fill in that prosumer gap in the video production market – but why take the trusted Final Cut Pro line and kill it off? Is this really the end of Final Cut as a professional level editor? Will Apple realize the mistake they’ve made, and retitle this to iMovie Pro (as I’ve seen kicked around on the web)? Or will this be an offspring of the Final Cut line, perhaps the new Final Cut Express? I certainly hope Apple does something, because there is an entire market that depends on their video editing software, and I can’t imagine anyone taking me seriously if I were applying for a post-production job and I were to say “I’m proficient in Final Cut Pro X, hire me!” It seems a little like applying for a babysitting job saying “I’m great with kids! I had a pet gold fish for 3 weeks!”
If Apple wants to compete, something needs to change. I’m not about to switch to Windows to use Premier (although from what I’ve seen, the newest version isn’t awful)… and unless something major has changed lately, Avid doesn’t seem like a good option… I guess I’ll just stick to FCP 7, and hope that Apple comes to their senses and makes things right for us all!
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