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Brad Hurley
Re: How is FCP X for stability and phone support?
on May 20, 2020 at 3:47:44 pm

I have never experienced a crash in FCPX; maybe I'm just lucky but based on reports I've seen it's very stable. Dunno about phone support; I hardly ever use phone support for any software and have called Apple exactly once since 1987.

Best advice for starting out with FCPX is to buy Ripple Training's Final Cut Pro Core Training tutorial. The biggest learning curves coming from another NLE are the metadata-based workflow, layers instead of tracks, and the magnetic timeline. Once you understand the paradigm and how it works, it's incredibly efficient and liberating; in editing I find it helps me be more creative, test more ideas, and focus more on the story.

The color grading tools have gotten much better in the past couple of years, and audio editing and sweetening are pretty sophisticated although the lack of a mixer can be frustrating.

If you want to stick to a traditional track-based workflow, DaVinci Resolve would be a good choice; it's not very stable on Windows compared with Mac, but it has rarely crashed on my Mac. You do need a high-spec machine, especially GPU; you can have terabytes of RAM and the fastest processor in the world, but unless your GPU is up to spec you can't run Resolve. It's a great NLE and has world-class color grading tools although it's being very actively developed and the slower pace of FCPX development is actually an advantage in terms of stability and productivity.

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