Boy o boy o boy! My blog post series this week has caused quite the ruckus. Even made the top of the editors section of Reddit. (Have fun reading the comments on that one).
I gotta be honest. I started to get sucked into trying to respond to all the haters and the people calling me idiot, Apple fanboy, college student, etc. Thankfully, I have a thick skin. I also have a level head and sanity came back to me. I realized that some people are just passionate and that’s the best way they know how to show their passion: calling people names (often times under the guise of an anonymous label). It’s like those guys in my childhood who could only reply “Yo momma” when they couldn’t think of anything intelligent to say to you when you came up with a better diss than they did.
Also, to be clear, I always invite reasoned, respectful debate. There were some critics of my series who disagreed with me, or criticized what I had to say, but did it in a way that was respectful and actually provided cogent and reasoned rebuttals. I encourage that. I never consider those kind of people trolls. It’s the rudeness that I detest.
Not all of the comments in the various interwebs were bad. In fact, many of them were very positive. So I thank you.
But there are three things I did want to address to all those willing to read.
- This was not a comparison. The purpose of this series was NOT to compare FCPX to other NLEs. It was simply a response to the debate about FCPX as a viable editing program for professionals. As I replied to one commenter on this blog, “this is just one data point a pro can use when making a decision.” Not all reviews are comparisons. They’re meant to be resources to help possible purchasers make an objective decision. As someone who’s made a living doing this for over ten years, I wanted to assure people that for many professional editors, FCPX absolutely is a professional grade tool, definitely suitable to the majority of professional who read this blog. (This is based on my knowledge of the demographics of my blog readers, many of whom are small, independent video producers and photographers.)
- Haters are gonna hate. As I wrote in my blog post of the same name, “haters are gonna hate.” You will always find people who will attack and cast aspersions on you if you dare to openly discuss provocative topics. It is what it is. Based on many of the comments I’ve read, many of these guys don’t know me, don’t know FCPX, and don’t know who’s really using it and to what extent. Anyone who makes the comment that it can’t be used by anyone who wants to make a professional living is working under ignorance of the program.
- It’s a tool people. Get over it. I never ceases to amaze (or amuse) me the passionate debates creatives get into about the tools they use. Film vs digital. Alexa vs Red. Red vs DSLR. Canon vs Nikon. When will the insanity stop? (Probably never.) FCPX is just a tool to help you tell a story. If it doesn’t work for you, use something else. The other major NLEs out there are wonderful programs. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again. If the story sucks, I don’t care what you shot (or edited) it with. (And if you’re doing this for a living, your clients don’t care either!)
A Word from Key & Peele
When reading some the comments this week by the trolls and haters, I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite Key & Peele skits. I imagine a lot of these guys sitting in dark theaters doing something like this… :) (some adult language used).