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Re: After a year has perception of FCPX changed?

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Greg Andonian
Re: After a year has perception of FCPX changed?
on May 23, 2012 at 7:33:23 am

My opinion of it HAS changed since it first came out.

When FCPX was first released I thought, "This program is an unstable mess, and on top of that it's basically a souped-up version of iMovie"

Now, my opinion has changed to, "The stability issues have gotten much better and a few new professional features have been added, but it's basically a souped-up version of iMovie."

Even if X becomes rock-solid, without a beach ball in sight, there's still the issue of the hassles created by the "features" of the magnetic, trackless timeline.

Last year at the SuperMeet, Apple trumpeted FCPX like it was brand new and revolutionary, and it wasn't. Most of the core functionality in X already existed in iMovie before FCPX came out.

The paradigm of FCPX, which originated in Apple's consumer-friendly free editing app, was NOT DESIGNED to tackle the complex needs of professional editors who have deadlines looming, and that's why so many pros feel frustrated with it.

I remember seeing a post by someone in another thread who said, "You just have to think a few steps ahead of it." Then another poster responded with a line that sums up my feelings about X really well:

"I want to edit, not play a game of chess with my NLE."

"THAT'S our fail-safe point. Up until here, we still have enough track to stop the locomotive before it plunges into the ravine... But after this windmill it's the future or bust."

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