I used to be a Mac only person - but over the last 10 years I've been using a PC and Vegas Pro for video editing - which worked fine until the last company I worked for went under. Now I need to get a Mac and FCP to get work - and with the recent debates going on about FCPx I'm thinking I can just get a used Mac and a former version of FCP just to learn it - (I've been editing film and video since you needed a razor and tape, so I'm sure Ill catch on pretty quick.) So now I'm wondering what version of FCP I should try to get to learn the program so I can demonstrate proficiency, without having to bust the bank by buying a brand new computer. All suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
If you're the kind of guy who used to cut videotape by actually cutting quad tape with the aid of a razor blade, splicing block, revealing fluid and a microscope, you're aware that the NAB convention can often be a big deal.
This year it is, and NAB is going on right now. A LOT of editing software makers are revealing brand-new stuff. Everybody expects it to help settle questions about their choice of editing systems.
If you can hold off for a week, the likelihood of getting a better answer should go way up.
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