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Re: Why do users say FCP X is fast? Some new numbers.

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Oliver Peters
Re: Why do users say FCP X is fast? Some new numbers.
on Aug 16, 2015 at 6:32:07 pm

[Bill Davis] "When did the competition clear out the cobwebs in the legacy code base to do the same? Honest question, I'm not as hardware development savvy as many here."

I have no idea, other than to say it's been an ongoing process that's still occurring. Both Avid and Adobe in particular write code based on something common that can then be ported to Mac or Windows. Presumably BMD does the same with Resolve. In the case of Avid and Adobe, these are modular applications, so things are being updated all the time, rather than a wholesale gutting of the application and then starting over.

The point though, is that FCP X coding was started 6 year ago (maybe longer). Internally Apple is very secretive, so there's no real guarantee that FCP X was actually written with new hardware or OS in mind. AV Foundation was already in existence due to iOS. So in any case, it's hard to say whether the ProApps engineers really had any great advance knowledge of what Apple was doing in other parts. 'Building for a modern framework' was likely just as much guesswork on their part as it has been for anyone else. The roadmap isn't Apple's as much as it is that of Intel, AMD, and Nvidia. Here Apple is in the same boat as the others.

The big difference with X is that Apple could streamline the code by simply not including a lot of things based on legacy workflows. Some of this was obvious and necessary, but some was a design choice that many pro users wish they hadn't opted for.

- Oliver

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