FCPX: 28 Days Later

So, the new Final Cut (FCPX) has been out for quite some time now, albeit still being in version 10.0.0.  There are bugs, the same bugs one would expect to find in the initial release of any program. Oh, and yes, it’s very different than FCP7.

With that said, it’s pretty bad ass. The dark UI is sick – much better than that light-gray crap. The new timeline looks better and functions better. And, all the tools seem like they are in the right place – though some are having tantrums about these changes.

There is no output to tape? OMG? Really? For reals? Yes, for reals! Who the hell needs tape? What I’m really mad about is that FCPX doesn’t hook up to my VHS player. On a side note, I’m kind of pissed that Logic doesn’t natively support my 8-track deck.

But seriously, I’m 25. I have no need for tape, and never plan on needing it. But what about industry standards? Correct, the industry does have a need for tape from time to time, but the industry needs to change and Apple has been the catalyst more than a few times. A tapeless workflow is such a beautiful concept.

Also, no multi-cam? I’m 50/50 on this. Apple says it will come eventually, so hopefully that notorious update will come soon – maybe with the Lion release.

David Pogue, from Pogue’s Posts, notes:

“The “missing features” generally fall into three categories: features that are actually there and have just been moved around, features that Apple intends to restore and features that require a third-party (non-Apple) add-on or plug-in.”

I say chill and embrace. If Apple decided to move things around, it’s because it probably makes more  sense. If they deleted pertinent features, hopefully Apple brings them back. But if not, it’s probably because the future of video editing won’t support them either. Apple leads, not follows – and rightfully so.


  2 comments for “FCPX: 28 Days Later

  1. Wesley Pitts
    July 19, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Dig the perspective. Apple is clearly targeting an emerging market with this release. Apple often allows (or forces, depending on your perspective) its customers to move ahead with technology. There was a ton of backlash when they eliminated the floppy disk, and lesser, but similar backlash to the omission of an optical drive in the MacBook Air. But who uses floppy disks anymore? And the optical drive is on its last legs, too.

    The typical independent videographer is nimble enough to take advantage of the amazing capabilities of FCP X and Motion. For a new generation of creators, these tools will feel natural. Larger entrenched organizations with rigid workflows and shareholder-value budgets may not like the push, but Apple has clearly gambled that, looking forward, it will be more profitable to target future tech at the independent maker, and let the chips fall.

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