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Herb SevushRe: Why does Panic and Paranoia Rule some "Pros"?
by on Jul 7, 2011 at 9:31:34 pm

I thought the whole point you were making was that it wasn't a rewrite from a user's point of view....

Chris, now you've made a joke with some fine word play, good for you.

They've got an NLE that has lost market share continuously over the last decade

Well Apple has just reversed that trend.

largely because it's interface -- which they can never change very much because their existing users would flip out -- is unappealing to new editors.

It was always unappealing to me. I used to edit on EMC, the original competitor to Avid, and then on discreet Edit*, my favorite all time NLE. If they had lasted and kept their basic interface I'd be happy as a clam. If Apple would have kept it's interface i would have been happy as well. It isn't the lack of change that makes their interface unpleasant, it's always been more than a bit stodgy.

They're also the last to go 64-bit, and even once they do, they'll still be lagging Adobe and Apple with respect to other (frankly more important) technical features, such as GPU utilization.

This is where we fundamentally disagree - the phrase "(frankly more important) technical features."

Again, it's important to remember that the context of all this is FCPX's suitability for the "pro" market, and by that I mean broadcast / film. After all that's who's on this forum.

For me, and many others here, technical features are not more important than consistency, dependability under pressure, and the ability to play nicely with others. I need things to work, I want them to work fast. To paraphrase - You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need -- such as multi-cam and backwards compatibility. I'll get that from Avid. Which is why they still rule the roost in this area, declining market share, stodgy interface and all.

Herb Sevush
Zebra Productions


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