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Oliver Peters
Re: Cutting a major Hollywood Feature on FCPX
on Oct 6, 2014 at 1:15:28 am

There are a zillion different ways that editors and directors approach the workflow of cutting a feature film. Some editors do extensive temp mixes, while others keep the timeline very sparse. Some rely on tools like ScriptSync and others never touch them. Some feature films could and are cut on simple systems like laptops. Others require a whole arsenal of workstations.

FCP X has been used on several features worldwide, but there's no given that it would work for all. It really comes down to the working style of the director and editor. Read through the film stories on my blog and you'll get a sense of that.

If you look at all the press about "Gone Girl" a key reason they picked Premiere Pro was due to the tight integration with After Effects for in-house VFX and finishing. On the flip side, if you listen to Mike's presentation, he mentioned their in-house temp VFX were done on Nuke. This means less dependence of which NLE is used. In fact, ClipExporter gets you from FCPXML to Nuke.

So, just like "Cold Mountain" didn't flip the whole film world to FCP "legacy", I doubt "Movie X" or "Gone Girl" will shift film editors to FCP X or Premiere Pro. However, in both cases, it does the crack the door a bit wider and show the industry that these can be industrial-strength tools.

- Oliver

Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
Orlando, FL
http://www.oliverpeters.com


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