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Peter Mackay
Final Cut Pro v Premier Pro
on Jun 12, 2011 at 5:10:47 am

Ok I need some honest replies here, we have to make a choice. Premier Pro on the PC platform or FCP on a 12 core Mac pro. I have my own opinion, but its other peoples I want to hear from.

Currently the company I am now working for are set up with PC workstations using the Adobe Production Suite. We are currently exploring moving over to MacPro and going with FCP Studio. I know that X is just around the corner and this should not be a discussion totally about what might be coming. Just an honest discussion about the merits of each platform.

I'm looking forward to seeing the discussion. BTW my boss posted the same question on the PremierPro forum, and you can see some of the replies there.

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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Final Cut Pro v Premier Pro
on Jun 12, 2011 at 6:05:23 am

Tough time to make those decisions I'd say. FCP 7 would present a learning curve and FCP X yet another one... FCP 7 is 32 bits... FCP X isn't. But it's a new NLE. Wait a coupla six weeks and we'll all have a clearer picture. Maybe. LOL... Next Gen Mac Pro's can't be far off either, and they're likely to knock the socks off the current towers.


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Bernard Newnham
Re: Final Cut Pro v Premier Pro
on Jun 12, 2011 at 9:31:44 am

Forgetting about the hardware and upcoming possibilities, in the current world FCP is easier to use than Premiere, and I think that's what matters in practice. People can have endless Mac/PC arguments, but they are irrelevant - it's just a screen and keyboard. What matters is how easy is it to use the software to cut together a story, and FCP is easier.


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Tom Daigon
Re: Final Cut Pro v Premier Pro
on Jun 12, 2011 at 12:54:16 pm

Given your timing, I strongly suggest Premiere Pro.FCP 7 is your only other alternative at this time.FCP X is a vast unknown and will need refining over months / years to come. By buying Premiere you will avoid the time consuming process of having to convert your clips to a codec that FCP functions well with ( like Proress, etc.) Pay no attention to the statement made by the previous responder...

"in the current world FCP is easier to use than Premiere"

That is a subjective statement that is not necessarily true for all users..In many ways Premiere is easier to use (dynamic link to After Effects, no codec conversions needed, not a brand new product like FCP X).

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John Graves
Re: Final Cut Pro v Premier Pro
on Jun 12, 2011 at 4:01:12 pm

Great question, Peter. Certainly of interest to many. If you are working on your own and don't interface with other editors or take over other projects, it is an objective decision. But you have to ask what system are industry colleagues in your region working on and how likely that a project would be swapped between you.



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Shane Ross
Re: Final Cut Pro v Premier Pro
on Jun 12, 2011 at 5:27:20 pm

The question hinges on what type of production are you doing. What type of footage are you getting? What do you need to output to? Do you need to use Capture cards? Output to tape? How fast is the turnaround? What are the editors used to using?

I come from an Avid background...and then I leapt to FCP. Now I am playing with Premiere. There are lots of stuff it does, but lots of stuff about it confuse me. Because I am not used to it mainly. But it does deal with a LOT of formats natively. Although capture card support for the latest version is spotty at the moment.

Personally I plan on using FCP 7 for quite some time. It works for me. Even if it is older. Or going back to Avid for other things. Premiere does a lot of things right, but it doesn't quite fit into my workflow needs.


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Dennis Radeke
Re: Final Cut Pro v Premier Pro
on Jun 13, 2011 at 12:05:11 pm

I will only add that Premiere Pro can be used on either Mac or PC and that you can give the latest version a try with the trial version on the website.

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Bill Celnick
Re: Final Cut Pro v Premier Pro
on Jun 13, 2011 at 3:59:32 pm

I made the jump from Premiere (PC) to FCP about 5 years ago - needed to upgrade my computers to handle HD, and my problem was the XP was on the way out, and Vista on the way in, and it just didn't work. I couldn't invest in an operating system being discontinued, or its successor that didn't work. Hello Mac and FCP and frustrating learning curve.

Looking at your situation - you've already got the PC workstations, I'd go with Premiere CS5 (which I use on the Mac to support a client) rather than investing in the FCP X before its release.

Once FCP X is released and established, maybe look at this again. I wouldn't invest in new stuff just yet.

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Steve Eisen
Re: Final Cut Pro v Premier Pro
on Jun 13, 2011 at 7:06:02 pm

I see this question as a PC vs Mac. Go for the Mac. You have more options. You can always run Windows on the Intel Mac.

In this forum you will get an FCP biased answer. I have AVID MC, CS4 and FCS3 on my Mac Pro. FCP is used 90% of the time.

FCP is a more user friendly app vs AVID or Premiere.

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