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To be honest, I expected to hate this version with its iMovie-like interface, but there is no denying that FCP-X is a real leap forward. (Though I cannot help smiling at the ‘new’ clip-fade and audio skimming features – so effective on our old Mac-driven TurboCube back in 1995 – SIXTEEN years ago!)
Various people are expressing doubts about integration with other pro tools, but I anticipate this will be less of an issue once we see the power of the new package to handle most requirements itself. I’m optimistic that between now and June the good Apple folk will tie up loose ends to provide us with an invaluable self-contained package.
The two big things for me are the ability to decently edit audio in the timeline and the much more sophisticated color grading functionality.
However both of these point to FCP being developed not so much as a top end post tool for Hollywood Movies but much more the ‘one man band’ approach of the freelance editors and small post houses, and to be honest that suits me perfectly! The price change is also indicative of this – a $700 saving means a big deal to freelancers but it’s peanuts in the scheme of a full on edit suite with huge amount of outboard gear.
At the higher end I think you’ll still want to sound edit in Pro Tools and Grade in a proper color suite.
The other thing of concern to me is how Apple now view Final Cut Server having dramatically improved the native metadata and cataloging facilities of FCP itself. These improvements still doesn’t really solve the problems of sharing assets across multiple projects and and workflows. On the evidence so far, a FC server type solution is still a much better solution for that type of working environment.
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