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alban eggerRe: Has anyone used FCPX to cut a proper documentary for broadcast.
by on Mar 22, 2012 at 7:05:15 am

[Neil Goodman] "No 3 point editing into anything other than the primary = lame"

Well and you are apparently one of those who played 10 minutes with it and then gave up. Of course you can 3-point edit into the primary or as a connected clip.
Yes, there is quite some "mousing over" with skimming , but it beats the double-clicking of FCP7 easily.
There are a few audio-quirks still, but other than that it works great in all productions we do.

@Sean: We made a 52-documentary with version 10.0.0 in summer already. In 10.0.3 it would be a lot easier! I did almost everything you ask for: but only 8 tracks audio and export to XDCam MXF instead of tape, but that would have been one more button.
We didnĀ“t survive QC but we aced it! We actually got a call that it was one of the best out-of-house QC of the year! You can imagine we were extra careful, too ;-)

The only problem we had with 10.0.0 was the OMF export. But we managed and it took not long to export our Audiotracks to FCP7 to fill in the missing export options in that old version.

Overall it beats FCP legacy in speed (media management and of course editing) and color-accuracy (when you not only export for one channel, but deliver parts or versions to different ones in different codecs and media: MPEGs, MXFs, h.264 etc).

In the new version everything is different than in summer. XML works, re-linking works, a lot of the initial bugs are ironed out...it is growing up. It might not be ready for your tape-workflow, but once you moved on FCPX will have moved ahead of you also.



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