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Re: Does "FCPX or Not" really boil down to "AE or Not?"

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Ronny Courtens
Re: Does "FCPX or Not" really boil down to "AE or Not?"
on Jun 23, 2013 at 8:45:07 am

Yes to both, but that's going to change. AE has been an excellent companion to our work since we switched to linear editing on Avid. When we moved to FCP we continued using AE. But when Motion became part of the FCS suite we gradually started doing a lot of graphics and comp work in Motion because it is faster for quick every-day jobs like creating custom lower thirds, openers and bumpers. Since we added a Flame station to our film post workflow we also started doing the more complex broadcast related comping in Flame, and AE became less important.

We have adopted FCPX from day one, first on two test systems and since October last year in full production. No regrets whatsoever. At the same time I have set up a test workflow using FCPX for editing and Smoke 2013 for finishing. It's a pretty decent workflow as SMAC imports FCPX projects quite flawlessly and it's like you are comping right on your editing timeline, being able to do any last minute editorial changes as well as versioning while you are finishing.

Now it's only a matter of seeing what Apple will do with Motion before I decide which route we will finally go. AE will probably not be part of that route anymore.

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