Why I’m not afraid of FCP X

I’ve waited as long at I could to put in my two cents on this one. I’m tired of hearing people moan about how they are switching from FCP to something else. I’m tired of this being the reason why people dig up the age old saws about “professionals use AVID.” Lastly I’m tired of hearing every wedding videographer and youtube-videoblogger try to make their statement about FCP X somehow solidify their position in the “international brotherhood of people who do amazing work.”

If you have faith that Apple will fix things that need to be fixed and continue innovating then continue being patient and eventually you will be proven correct or incorrect.

If you think FCP X signals the end of the world, then feel free to move on to one of the other editing platforms. Apple doesn’t owe you anything, and you are literally one of a million people using the product. Secondly no one is ripping FCP 7 from your computer. Just as you were able to edit a month ago, you are still able to edit with the exact same program. No training required! Otherwise start learning.

I’m generally faithful and patient, however If FCP X doesn’t prove to be a workable solution in the next 6 months then I will look into transitioning to something else. Post production has always been a bleeding edge industry. We are early adopters and we are used to bugs. If you have ever shot on a RED then you know what I’m talking about. All of the fear and self-interest in this FCP X discussion needs to go away so that we can get back to the actual discussion.

~ by ross on July 14, 2011.

One Response to “Why I’m not afraid of FCP X”

  1. You made the statement that is so obvious: FCP 7 is awesome! No one’s forcing anyone to change. Apple isn’t shutting down your license. They may have taking FCP Studio Boxes off their shelves- so be it. Just as MS Word 94 still works just fine, so will FCP 7. The extra “speed” of FCP X is really directed to background tasks, which are more prep than decision making. You lose that speed re-learning how to edit on an NLE. (Found you looking for a way to use Magic Bullet Grinder to edit proxies and reconnect media…)

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