FINAL CUT PRO X – Out, About… and on O’Brien!
So Apple finally launched the much anticipated and feared Final Cut Pro X, and although the NAB presentation was exhilarating (they make it look so easy), it feels now that professionals are more furstrated than pleased by what is really an iMoviePro 1.0.
The major good news is the price: $299 for FCP X compared to the $1000 plus we had to spend, it’s a bargain… for new users. Since FCP X is not a continuation of FCP 7, everybody needs to invest in the same amount and acquire the full version. Add $49 and you can have either Motion or Compressor (or both if you add… $98! you got it.)
Many professionals have purchased the beast and put their notes up on the Internet. No Film School posted an article summing up everyone’s opinions. On his blog hosted by the New York Times, David Pogue addressed ‘the concerns of professional video editors, one by one‘. What intrigues me with this article is that Pogue qualifies himself as an ‘advanced amateur’, but has already edited four movies with FCP X and apparently knows the program well enough to answer back to all the professional editors. That’s what I would call an advanced amateur with professional knowledge.
Many agree that this transition will be easier for the pure and innocent novice than for the Final Cut Pro saavy. And seeing how I struggled in the past with the latest version of iMovie trying to help a friend do a movie about her dog (don’t ask), I am sure this will be a painful one for me.
Nonetheless, change is good. (or so they say) And it is not crazy to assume that Apple is working on these issues as you read this incredibly powerful article.
From my perspective, here are the two big things I’m taking out of FCP X so far:
– Its price and the amelioration it provides are truly amazing. I keep thinking of when I started editing, and the struggle it was to have access to professional programs. This is the chance for many ‘kids’ to put their hands on what remains a great program with the chance now to save countless hours on importing organizing and converting footage. (just to name few pluses.) and to focus on the art of editing.
– On the Dark Side, all the projects created with a previous version than FCP X will have to remain on the old system. That bothers me just because it means keeping both systems endlessly. It also means that finding entry jobs as an assistant editor is going to become harder and pay less.
On a final note, the FCP X debate got what could be considered as epic proportion for an editing sofwtare as Conan O’Brien and his team did an hilarious piece to share their thoughts on the matter.