June 23, 2011 | Uncategorized | ,

Final Cut Pro X – Conan’s Editors Give Opinion

What happened to the Conan Final Cut Pro video from YouTube?
It was pulled for “copyright claims,” but I’ll bet there is more to the story than that! Any information would be very appreciated.
We found another copy and reposted it above.

Conan’s editors aren’t too impressed with FCP X. Take a closer look.

First of all, Final Cut Pro 7 will not be upgraded. This $1000 editing program was used to edit feature films like “The Social Network,” which I loved and “True Grit” which I hated (for Jeff Bridges’ unintelligible grunting which they passed off as dialogue.) But that’s another story.

Final Cut Pro has had 54% of the video editing market which includes wedding and event, corporate and other producers. That’s more than Adobe and Avid put together. But Final Cut Pro 7 is being dumped. The new version Final Cut Pro X (pronounced 10) has been created completely from scratch so it is not backward compatible.

Conan’s editors, like other early adopters are not happy, even though the price is only $300 compared to $1000 and it does have native support for DSLR h264 footage. The program is available only as a download from the Apple Store.

Here are some of the comments we see in the VideoUniversity Members Only Forum. ( Join here.)

  1. The workflow is way different than FCP 7. It is almost like going to a completely different NLE.
  2. There is no multicam support.
  3. Lacks the ability of having multiple timelines.
  4. Lacks a DVD Studio Pro upgrade.
  5. No Soundtrack Pro or XML import. Currently, there is no way to get a FCP7 project into FCP X
  6. Apple seemed to have taken away ProResLT in FCPX
  7. Motion and Compressor which were included in Final Cut Studio are now available separately.
  8. It seems that this is similar to what Apple did to iMovie in 2008. They killed it off and replaced it with a new version with fewer features that lacked many capabilities people had taken for granted. Three years of upgrades later, the new iMovie catches up to the old version and surpasses it. In fact even Apple calls FCP X a “foundational piece.”

    Now some of the improvements:

    No more waiting to render. Final Cut X renders in the background. You can’t organize files or delete clips while rendering, BUT you can keep on editing.

    Now, audio and video are always in synch and can be locked with other clips they can all be moved as one. It used to be very easy to accidentally move audio or video a few frames out of synch.

    The Auditions feature lets you try alternative shots in the timeline without having to place them individually. So you can look at different editing choices more easily.

    A new feature called Color Match let’s you easily match the white balance or color cast of one clip to another.

    You can adjust the playback speed of a clip to slow-mo or fast-mo by pressing a key and dragging the clip’s right edge. The clip will longer or shorter on the timeline. This action does not require rendering.

    This version of Final Cut Pro will be much easier to use than the previous version IF you have not used Final Cut Pro before. If you have version 7 down pat, you will have some unlearning to do. In the long run it may be worth it. It seems like a much simpler design and Final Cut X is now a 64-bit program, meaning it can exploit Macs with more than 4 gigabytes of memory for faster speed.

    For those looking for an easy transition from 7 to 10, forget about it. You’ll have to wait for some of the inevitable bug fixes and upgrades, but if you can wait, you’ll see that this new program is intuitive and powerful.


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13 thoughts on “Final Cut Pro X – Conan’s Editors Give Opinion

  1. Ron Priest

    I’m willing to wait, as long as it takes. As a wedding editor, I don’t know how I would survive without Multi-cam editing. This new FCP really disappoints me thus far, I’m not impressed. I’ll keep using version 7 until version X matures a bit. It’s got to get better. If not, I just may have to switch over to PremierePro for the Mac.

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  2. Marc Percy

    I don’t use FCP at all, since I’m PC, but I question what Apple was thinking releasing a product that was not ready. Seems like a major mistake to me. I’m sure they will improve it and eventually they will get it back to a professional level, but will they still have a user base at that point?

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  3. Ron Priest

    I just finished reading the following article in the New York Times, of which I can accept the final paragraph:

    Professional editors should (1) learn to tell what’s really missing from what’s just been moved around, (2) recognize that there’s no obligation to switch from the old program yet, (3) monitor the progress of FCP X and its ecosystem, and especially (4) be willing to consider that a radical new design may be unfamiliar, but may, in the long term, actually be better.

    Here’s the article:
    http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/professional-video-editors-weigh-in-on-final-cut-pro-x/

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  4. Scott Bert

    For wedding videographers that need to get their wedding videos edited in a professional and timely matter, this definitely is not the time to be be switching to FCP X.

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  5. Igor Yanovskiy

    O boy… I just finished watching the training video about FCP X and then I installed it. I had the same feeling when I first installed FCP 6 years ago (I wasn’t really happy because it was too complicated compared with other NLEs) . Now it is a completely different software. I wish Apple would just improve FCP 7 with all these new ideas.

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  6. Andrew Sommer

    After using FCP since version 1.2 I just switched from FCP to Adobe’s Master Suite and have no regrets. I saw FCP falling behind in integrating Solid state memory codecs such as AVCHD which Premier 5 and the mercury playback engine handles with no problems. The cost was my final reason to switch. I was able to buy a top line PC custom built for so much less then a new Mac I had enough to buy the entire Adobe Master Collection which work together as one solid production package.

    Hearing what has been done with the new FCP X I’m sure it will be solid eventuqally but Apple always seems to want to get more $$$ from its users.

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  7. Orlando Mergal

    Lately Apple has been shoving change down our throats whether we like it or not. I’ll stick to Final Cut 7, thank you very much. Maybe even return to Premiere. As for the Macintosh App Store, it seems like all the small software vendors are embracing it but not so much the large ones.

    Steve seems to be so inebriated with the success of the iPhone that he feels he can bottle it and apply the same principles to everything else.

    Well, some of us like to leave well enough alone!

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  8. Timothy Palmer-Benson

    I see no need to switch to FCP X at the moment. It is still in evolution and I am sure it will be really good in a few years, but right now I consider it still in Beta. I have thought about switching over to Premier, AE and Encore, but don’t see a compelling reason to learn ALL about this software suite. I particularly resent the 5.5 upgrade thing. I hear that very few meaningful changes were actually made and the dynamic link feature is still buggy, so why switch to fine more bugs in unfamiliar software. My advise is to still with Final Cut 7. It is like an old friend and of course it has some faults, but it does get the job done!

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  9. Guy Maxfield

    personaly people choose soft ware based on prior skill set experience with preceding versions. If they are happy with what they are using they will stick with it intill they find a solid reason to change

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  10. ed hansen

    sure does not sound like an upgrade is in order when you cut out features that are needed?.
    Files and any data is not compatable or ???

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