We may get what we want, like the backlash over iMovie 08. Let Apple know we're angry, they are stupid, but they aren't that stupid!
Pros: For Apple, Another Misfire In Video Editing
One could only hope that we get FCP 8 an FCPX gets rebranded as iMovie Pro.
I'm already learning Premiere Pro CS5 as we speak...
That will never happen.
I have settled into a nice rhythm with FCS2 and Adobe Production Premium CS5.5. The XML trips back and forth between the two products actually go fairly smoothly. Each set of tools has its strengths and though it is not a perfect world, I can pretty much do all my editing at a professional level, pretty darn fast, especially using Adobe's Mercury Engine for rendering etc. I feel pretty safe right now, going along doing what I was doing. Ultimately, if the new "version" of Final Cut Pro" goes in a prosumer direction, or winds up a toy, Adobe and/or Avid will be more than happy to fill the void. So I feel safe. I am not happy. I don't think anyone who has "settled into a nice rhythm" with the "original" is happy, with what Apple is calling Final Cut Pro X. But we are safe. We have options.
I'm really glad that the FCP7-PP via XML has been working for you. You characterize it as "fairly smoothly". Would you mind sharing the areas where its rough? I'm not interested in PP -> FCP, just one way. What types of things don't transfer well? Are there any gotchas? Rules of thumb?
THanks a lot!
El Mundo Bueno Studios
Film * Audio
I am on FCP6. Most things come over very nicely. However, things like titles may show up with text placed differently in the frame in the Premiere pro timeline. But I usually use it to add some effects in After Affects or, I will add titles in Premiere and render from there with Adobe Media Encoder. It is not perfect. But it does a good enough job so there is not much tweaking to get it set up and usable.
Me to Andrew. Aint it grand?
Avid DS / FCP / After Effects Editor
Sorry but I have been working with X for a few days now and it's not as bad as it comes across or as bad as some of the "experts" would have you think. It's obviously missing some important features for some editors. For me the lack of output through my Kona card is an issue but I believe that will be further addressed beyond the current beta drivers Aja put out recently. However, editing functionality is not really that much different from previous versions of FCP and where it is different it is (IMHO) better. What little tape I/O I do can easily be handled with AJA software or by booting up FCP 6 or 7. I still have a version of FCP 4.5 on one of my computers....
The truth is out there - just RTFM!!
AT NICK... AGREED!
Having worked through almost every aspect of it, I LOVE IT! Yes, the lack of an output for my monitor is very annoying but for the most part I really, really, really like what they did. Its smooth, fast and very, very intuitive. I can still map the keyboard and the viewer window is actually pretty cool. At first I was a bit peturbed by it but after RTM I was able to pretty much set it up like the old way. When Apple brings back MULTICAM and fixes the input output issues of XML EDL etc, everyone carrying on will jump right back in and be glad they did.
We are going to start production on a 12 episode show in july and I'm very, very tempted to give FCPX a shot on it. This will be for a PBS series 2nd season show. Will do more research on getting the cuts to tape etc.