FCP Version 11?
Pretty sure the NLE and compositing demos in this video are faked, (don't blink or you'll miss them) but watch anyway and speculate on future editng interfaces...
Myself, heck with carpal tunnel: I don't think I'm built well to handle 8 hours of tai chi and Theremin playing a day just to edit clips on a timeline. For me it has been about minimizing movement as much as practical, about economy of motion. Yes, I know Murch edits standing up. He said that he's happier that way because that's what he grew up on, editing with the Moviola and KEM. But I want to look forward now. To an Aeron chair:-)
The mutitouch table surface looks to me to have some possibilities, especially in compositing and color correction. Also in mixing, where you can play directly with shaping the waveform as well as with virtual faders. For working in 3-d CGI programs like Lightwave I can definitely see an advantage. It is a drag however to work with overhead down-projection onto a table because your own shadow obscures the table. Projecting from underneath or using really thin flat screens, say the thickness of a dinner placemat, are the kinds of technologies that will have to become practical and affordable to make this happen outside of a lab ro government defense facility, IMO.
I think we're actually going to go another way, into haptics. Meaning, using our sense of touch and feel interactively. For example, with a mouse that vibrates or conveys a sense of weight and resistance when pushing in the z-axis. Or giving various parts of the interface virtual textures that can be felt thru the mouse or tablet pen. The beginnings of this are already seen in vibrating game controllers or controllers with gyros.
Here's a guy making it happen with wii game controllers!
So, you are on the developer team for FCP 11: what is the interface of the future like?
Perhaps a mind-reading, neuro-sensing FCP 11 - takes away the need to remember and button-mash complicated shortcut keys? Surely, it'll be a good example of editing using Murch's idea of 'In the blink of an eye' ;]
The oblong system seems like... fun. It'll be perfect if they also developed some Star Trek-like seat/pod to go with the setup.
If fate is kind to me, I'd hopefully still be editing by the time FCP 11 rolls round in due course... so this is exciting stuff!
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Cool video. Will Final Cut 12 come with a Monkey that can do all of the editing for you? Plus a year supply of food and diapers? I can't wait to see that demo video.
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