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A Question for Working Professional Editors Using FCPX.

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Kevin ZimmermanA Question for Working Professional Editors Using FCPX.
by on Apr 25, 2012 at 4:28:42 pm

So, I participated a bit in the original flare-up of outrage and shock when FCPX was originally released. I put a fair amount of effort into working with it, wrote down my objections in a handful of online forums, talked about it over a couple of beers, and then pretty much gave up and went back to work.

My question is pretty simple, and it's intended for editors who are working with FCPX in a professional work environment, for paying clients.

How do you deal with the one edit per project architecture of FCPX? I think there are many, many issues to spiral out of control over with FCPX, but this framework that Apple is created — where a project IS a single timeline, and therefore IS a single cut — baffles me. And I have no idea how I would work around it.

The idea that, with clients in the room asking to see a subtle difference between two versions of an edit ("here's one that starts with the wide, here's one that starts with a medium," that kind of thing), I need to actually click between different PROJECTS is just... well, I find it laughably useless.

Anyway. So. Now that it's been out in the wild for a year, what do you do?


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