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Kyler Boudreau
Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 3:25:25 pm

Everyone, I'm under a time crunch. My question: I'm shooting a feature film on RED and need to know if I can cut it using FCPX.

I'm an Avid and FCP7 veteran editor, and my initial reaction to FCPX was to stay Avid forever. However this indie feature doesn't have $2500 to drop on Avid MC.

In all reality, will FCPX handle a feature shot on RED cameras?

Thanks for any feedback.


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Nikola Stefanovic
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 3:31:40 pm

If you have appropriate hardware than yes. But have in mind that you will need one additional plugin to send edit to audio company.

Nikola Stefanovic
http://www.vimeo.com/nikolastefanovic/reel


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Don Scioli
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 4:08:18 pm

I'm editing a feature now which i shot on a Canon XF300 and the working is going smooth and very quickly, much faster than previous work on FCP 7 and Avid 6.


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Paul Jay
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 4:21:39 pm

Get a 30 day trial FCPX
Install the recent RED Plugin
Import RED files
TEST

You need a fast system. Fastest iMac for example.

On a MacPro the red rocket is supported ,but that's 2 Avid licences :P

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5341
http://www.red.com/learn/workflow/red-apple-workflow-final-cut-pro-x


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James Cude
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 4:31:40 pm

It's totally doable with X but test first and have the right gear. How many RED productions go down in flames because they find out the hard way it's not simple. :) You need a beefy Mac with an Open-CL graphics card with plenty of VRAM and 8+GB of RAM. You also need fast storage- standard USB and Firewire drives won't cut it.


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Kyler Boudreau
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 4:53:36 pm

Awesome - thanks. I need my workstation to be mobile, so I'm going to pick up the Retina Macbook Pro and cut with that I think. Will just have Thunderbolt storage and I'll not be cutting raw files.

Was just nervous about the new FCPX....have loved the stability of Avid and would be using that if I had the money.


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James Cude
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 6:48:48 pm

Yep- doable on a rMBP- I'd recommend at least a Promise Pegasus for storage http://www.promise.com/storage/raid_series.aspx?m=192®ion=en-global&rsn1... also don't forget RED's plugin- https://www.red.com/downloads


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Craig Seeman
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 7:34:47 pm

On Red's page
http://www.red.com/learn/workflow/red-apple-workflow-final-cut-pro-x

Red workflow in FCPX.




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Craig Seeman
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 7:35:02 pm

Also






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Steve Connor
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 2, 2012 at 10:25:34 pm

FCPX is as stable as any other NLE I've used over the last decade.

Steve Connor
'It's just my opinion, with an occasional fact thrown in for good measure"


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Kyler Boudreau
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 4, 2012 at 5:29:59 pm

Thanks everyone for the responses. I love indie film forums.

Just ordered a Macbook Pro Retina model - I'll report back once we start shooting. That will not be until March however - but I'm going to start using FCPX on projects this month to get used to it. Ugh...yet another NLE to learn.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 4, 2012 at 5:57:13 pm

[Kyler Boudreau] "Ugh...yet another NLE to learn."

And a very different one. I think once you get used to it you'll see how fast it is in some respects. I'd strongly recommend going through one of the professional tutorials (I prefer Ripple Training) before undertaking anything. You'll avoid frustration that way. You'll also have the FCPX Techniques forum on the COW to ask for help.



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Kyler Boudreau
Re: Shooting feature - can I use FCPX?
on Nov 18, 2012 at 2:06:36 pm

I'm already loving FCPX just because they finally changed their media management. FCPX media management makes WAY more sense than FCP7.


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