Final Cut Pro X Chosen to Edit Dick Cheney Speech

Yesterday we reported on an interview with Dick Cheney at the Reagan Library and earlier this year we also posted an initial review of FCPX 28 days after its initial release. Today, ajh reports that FCPX was indeed used to edit a multi-cam production of the former vice president’s speech.  Although FCPX has just been updated to version 10.0.1, multi-cam support is still not available … But, how then did ajh edit a multi-cam project in FCPX? The answer: with creative thinking and changing his work flow a bit.

In a phone call to ajh this morning, wgp asks some questions to shed light on the FCPX debate. Here is a portion of that interview:

wgp: I understand you normally use FCP 7 exclusively when editing—no Avid or Adobe Premier, is that correct? 
ajh: I have no need for Avid or Premier in my workflow, they are dying programs.
wgp: What about the controversy surrounding the future of FCP?
ajh: I must admit, I was a little hesitant to adopt FCPX and have therefore continued using FCP7. But, with the latest update, and the fact that I had a few spare moments on hand to fiddle with it in a professional setting, I thought I’d give it a shot. The results were better than expected.
wgp: Was it difficult to get used to?
ajh: Not at all.
wgp: Was there any loss of quality? What about the complaints that FCPX is not a “professional” program?
ajh: Not at all. In fact, I actually think it is more professional than any other program out there, albeit it still has some wrinkles that need to be ironed out, but over all it is a slick and professional application. I expect my programs to be fast, which this app is. I expect them to be aesthetically pleasing, which this app is. And, I also want to get rid of the clutter, which this app does. There is a slight learning curve, but editors need to be willing to experiment.
wgp: So, have you been convinced to fully switch over to FCPX?
ajh: Until those wrinkles I mentioned can be ironed out completely, I will continue to keep both FCP7 and FCPX installed … But, I will use FCPX every chance I get.

Here is the finished piece:

  1 comment for “Final Cut Pro X Chosen to Edit Dick Cheney Speech

  1. Wesley Pitts
    September 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    It’s worth noting that Apple is now offering a free 30-day trial of FCPX for editors who are unsure about making the leap from FCP7:

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