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Simon Ubsdell
Re: Smarter and Faster
on May 3, 2018 at 7:35:27 pm
Last Edited By Simon Ubsdell on May 3, 2018 at 7:38:55 pm

Steve is a brilliant educator (and a lovely guy!) and he's at the top of his game again here.

However, one thing struck me about this presentation.

While he does a good job of explaining the wrinkles of editing in FCP X, he doesn't actually make the case for editing "faster".

What he does show is that you need to understand the ways in which FCP X is different in order not to stumble over it - and actually make things slower! But that's not really the same thing at all.

For example, the one frame gap clip to make sure you don't lose your music when you delete your first clip is actually a workaround that tries to fool the default behaviour of the timeline - this is not a problem you face in conventional NLEs, it's just one of the things you have to live with in FCP X. But it's not a "feature" to get excited about - its a limitation that you have to know about!

Similarly with the tilde key thing for over-riding clip connections when slipping - in a conventional NLE this is not something you have to worry about so you can hardly claim it as a plus point that makes FCP X "faster".

And the technique of editing with gap clips is well explained, but I have never found this to be much of a timesaver - and it's mostly not unique to FCP X to be able to edit using gaps. You have to use gaps clips in FCP X because you're missing other ways of doing the same thing. That's not a bonus.

The roles bussing thing is actually a very poor workaround for what track based NLEs do much better. It would be a great deal less problematic if they could find a way to do away with the necessity of compounding in order to access this functionality, but it still wouldn't be as versatile as traditional bussing.

I think a lot of people think of the peculiarities of FCP X as special features to get excited about, when the reality is that they're just different solutions to problems that other NLEs approach in other ways. You might personally prefer them, but they're often not objectively "better".

So what Steve is really showing here is how to edit smarter and faster with FCP X and avoid it slowing you down. What he's not really showing is that FCP X is a faster way of working. That's not to say that the case can't be made, but it isn't being made in this video.

Simon Ubsdell
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