Last year when Final Cut Pro X was released, the professional film and video world cried a barbaric YAWLP at their dismay. It was more like iMovie and steroids and clearly showed Apple’s plan to move away from the high-end, sophisticated video professional, and more towards a prosumer audience. My film and video colleagues started jumping the FCP ship and heading for Adobe’s Premier Pro or Avid. Many people were pissed.
There were two key changes that made FCPX a problem:
- Removing high-end features (like XML or XSAN support)
- Changing the post-production paradigm (e.g. what names features had, how sequences worked, etc.)
A lot has happened in a year. Apple has added a lot of key functionality that higher end pros needed (e.g. the ability to support XML files) and they continue to work out the bugs. But there’s something else I’m seeing. Veteran and high-end corporate video producers and companies starting to adopt it. Apple now has on its site a few of case study articles from such prestigious commercial film companies and producers as @radical.media and Dean Devlin. And more recently, 25+ year editing veteran Chris Fenwick claimed a recent major project he did for Mini Cooper couldn’t have been done without the power of FCPX. (In case you missed it, part 1 of my interview with him aired last week on my show. Tomorrow, part 2 hits iTunes and it’s a whole show dedicated to his take on FCPX. It’ll be on the blog Friday). Film effects plugin developer Crumple Pop wrote a whole blog post why they were putting everything into FCPX.
Now that Final Cut 7 is dead, I need to decide what my new NLE of choice will be. One of the reasons I personally have been hesitant about making a switch to FCPX was because I wanted to be able to hire editors who used the same program I do. Certainly all the pros I may want to hire won’t use FCPX. But ironically, the editors I have on my extended team all use FCPX. At first I chalked it up to the fact that they’re just young. (Well, most of them are. One of them is old like me. But now that more vets are trusting FCPX, I must say, I’m strongly considering it.
Chris makes a great point in my interview with him. If you’re in this business and not prepared for change, you ain’t going to make it the long haul. In truth, I’ll probably have to learn FCPX as well as one other NLE (which will most likely be Adobe Preimere.)
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