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 !