There’s a lot of frustration over FCPX. I believe rightly so. I more than any embrace change. But this is too much change, too soon, with no warning. While Apple added a number of features editors have been asking for (features their competitors have had for years), they turned around and got rid of a bunch of basic stuff we’ve grown to know and love (and in many cases legitimately need). I like the way Chris Fenwick put it, it’s like Apple decided to redesign the car by putting the gas pedal on the left instead of the right. What was wrong with the right?
So, we could just boycott FCPX and stick with FCP7. But truth is, if Apple wants, they have us by the cajones. One of two things will happen if you want to continue editing on a Mac. Either you will comply and accept FCPX , or you will have to dump FCP altogether. And here’s how they’ll make that happen. iTunes. This is how it will play out…
Pissed-off Pro Editor decides to boycott FCPX and stick with FCP7. But, support on FCP7 will eventually be discontinued. Furthermore, future versions of the MacOS will no longer support FCP7. “No biggie,” you say, “I’ll just stick with my current version of MacOS.” Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. At some point you will need to upgrade iTunes. Either you’ll do it without thinking when prompted, and later find out it no longer works unless you upgrade your OS, so you do so and realize now that FCP7 no longer works. Agggh! So you spend two afternoons downgrading everything back to legacy versions. You think to yourself “Phew!” That was a pain in the arse, but at least I’m back to all my old versions.
Then the new season of “Mad Men” comes out on iTunes and you’re dying to see what happens to Don Draper. You fork over $35 to download it and can’t wait to watch the new episodes. But guess what, they don’t work with the old version of iTunes. In fact, no future songs or movies or TV shows you download work with it. But wait, it gets better. The current versions of your songs are no longer authorized on your other devices because the way they communicate with the iTunes servers is also changed. You can fix that by upgrading iTunes, which requires upgrading your OS which requires upgrading FCP. So, to stick with FCP7, you, the lover and connoisseur of all things film, either have to give up FCP 7, or give up watching your favorite shows and movies or listening to your favorite songs from iTunes. Ergo, they got you by the cajones.
You think I’m joking. Just wait and see.
I just love my love-hate relationship with Apple. 🙂