My thoughts on FCP-10

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I have spent a fair amount of time with FCP-10 this week and although its good it’s also buggy, let me explain.

Over the last week I have taken the opportunity to use FCP-10 to edit five 10min programs for my sons blog producing a different side to the Euro 2012 football tournament.

Never a better challenge than to produce programs to a schedule which happened to be once a night over the last 5 days, then we also got a second dog on Sunday just to add to the pressure.

Final Cut Pro 10 works great apart from the annoying feature of having to attach itself to the footage you are layering on top of each other, this might just be the magnetic timeline feature.

There is a definite bug where after a period of time the preview or clip footage will not lift over to the timeline and you have to quit FCP-10 to fix it, this is very akin to the annoying memory leakage feature seen with FCP-7 and this was after installing the latest update last evening V 10.0.5.

This brings me to long haul projects, so far I have only tinkered with FCP-10 editing 10 minute sequences at a time but I have a major edit coming up with over 20 hours of footage and a timeline of about 2 hours, part one and two being 1 hour each.

Now it was announced at WWDC 2012 that we are getting a significant upgrade to both Aperture and FCP-10 this year so hopefully this will finally de-bug a good bit of software that can only get better.

In a pro environment we still need the ability to ingest live footage from various digital and analogue sources, this is not possible yet with FCP-10 but I am hoping the next big upgrade will bring back log and capture.

As an example Apples very own iPad has the ability to output HDMI footage into a TV and during the Euro 2012 edit we have the need to review certain APPs from the iPad so we need a way of getting the live pictures into FCP-10. I have had to forgo live monitoring to install FW 5.5 into the MX02 to give me VETURA a Matrox application that works very well to bring in live footage including the iPad.

CONCLUSION : To date my experience with FCP-10 started off very badly and has become very positive over the last week, the program was less than useless till v 10.0.4 arrived and v 10.0.5 has certainly made my iMac version a lot more responsive. So far although I bought into Premiere Pro CS6, with lack of 3rd party support compared to FCP-10 and a learning curve I am now glad to have waited for FCP to mature though Mr Apple needs to get updated Thunderbolt enabled, hi-end graphic card MacPros ASAP…PLEASE !

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9 comments on this post

  1. Terry Wilson says:

    I don’t think FCP-X will ever ever get live ingest of digital or analogue footage more than the basic DV Import. It’s just the opposite direction to where FCP-X is heading. And it’s a really small part of the ‘Pro’ community (whatever that is nowadays) that is likely to need it.

    BTW – Have you looked at CatDV? They do a live capture piece of software which allows you to also add metadata while it’s ingesting. Their Database software will also talk to FCP X and create basic sequences than can be exported as fcpxml files for FCPX.

  2. Anstein Mikkelsen says:

    Hello

    Have you any thoughts on Avid Symphony?

  3. Chris Wilby says:

    “Final Cut Pro 10 works great apart from the annoying feature of having to attach itself to the footage you are layering on top of each other, this might just be the magnetic timeline feature.”

    Yep, that would be the brilliant Magnetic Timeline feature. Once you learn to let go of your outdated workflow paradigms you’ll love it – honest!

    “There is a definite bug where after a period of time the preview or clip footage will not lift over to the timeline and you have to quit FCP-10 to fix it, this is very akin to the annoying memory leakage feature seen with FCP-7 and this was after installing the latest update last evening V 10.0.5.
    This brings me to long haul projects, so far I have only tinkered with FCP-10 editing 10 minute sequences at a time but I have a major edit coming up with over 20 hours of footage and a timeline of about 2 hours, part one and two being 1 hour each.”

    Learn to ‘save’ early and ‘save’ often… and I would install Mountain Lion as well.

  4. HD Warrior says:

    As far as I was aware FCPX auto saves…secondly how can you tell people to install Mountain Lion when its not even available till July, the last thing anyone should do is install a new operating system onto a work computer.

    The next major FCPX should nail these bugs.

  5. chris says:

    “Final Cut Pro 10 works great apart from the annoying feature of having to attach itself to the footage you are layering on top of each other, this might just be the magnetic timeline feature”

    I’m not quite sure of what your gripping about here, but I think it’s the magnetic timeline. You can turn it off by pressing “P” for position tool. Then turn it back on by pressing “S”. If this is what you are gripping about, the ability to move items around without magnetic function, you are really slow to understand the basics of FCPX. Maybe read a few manuals before making judgements. THis isn’t the first time your blog has stated inaccuracies. Forget everything you think you know about traditional NLE’s when working with FCPX. Once you understand the program, one says “Ahhhh, I get it”. Obviously, you don’t. I know. You’ll delete this as it tarnishes your rep. The memory leakage is also been tackled. WIth OS lion and 10.0.4. I have no idea why I visit this blog. It’s full of inaccuracies and is just as bad as EOSHD.

  6. HD Warrior says:

    The difference between you and me is that I am willing to tell people my experiences…good or bad and if that makes me look like a dick I don’t care. No one is perfect I am just passing on my personal experiences using FCPX from a professional using the program for less than a week.
    If you don’t like what you read here, fine, as you seem to be Mr Perfect why not start your own blog !
    Inaccuracies are part of living, if this was a blog telling you how to fly a plane then you would have cause to moan.

  7. chris says:

    LOL. Touche…

  8. chris wilby says:

    As far as ‘saving’ goes, you can never be too safe 🙂
    Trying out Mountain Lion as we speak with FCPX and it seems rock solid to me. My opinion is jump straight to Mountain Lion. Just my opinion of course…

  9. Saku says:

    Well, it’s almost 6 months now. How is FCPX doing in your opinion? I’m about to take the plunge from FCP5 so I’m wondering whether or not X is the way to go…
    Thanks for your comments!
    Saku

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