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Re: After a year has perception of FCPX changed?

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David LawrenceRe: After a year has perception of FCPX changed?
by on May 29, 2012 at 9:08:56 pm

[Steve Connor] "In timeline terms what exactly can't you do in FCPX that you could do in Legacy, apart from tracks of course. A specific example would be great"

I think you're missing the point. It's not that you couldn't do multi-channel work in FCPX, the question is why would you want to? It's not designed with that in mind.

Look at multi-channel audio. Even Apple knows it's currently a mess and needs fixing. The same problems with multi-channel audio apply to multi-channel video as well. Let's see what Apple comes up with in the next release.

Tracks and absolute time is a natural way to graphically express multiple concurrent channels of time-based media. There is no primary. There is no secondary. There are just media objects composed in parallel channels of absolute time.

For the kind of non-linear/multi-channel work Clint is talking about, the magnetic timeline's advantages would likely be far outweighed by its single-track constraints and inflexibility. Tracks and absolute time have none of these problems.

BTW, Bjørn Melhus makes his work with FCP Legacy. Or at least he did several years ago.

David Lawrence

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