I more or less agree with the following statement by A. Lisagor.
I still think they should have waited until they supported the following before release:
1. multicam — future or not, multicam is used by shit tons of people, and this isn’t likely to change. ANY “professional” NLE should abide by this logic.
2. EDL / XML — Apple uses these very formats in previous versions to talk to other pro Apple applications such as Color… it is so blatantly important to the professional editorial process! WTF
3. Timeline — this is my personal take, but this shit is awkward as fuck. I honestly don’t know how to apply a working transition between two clips (maybe I have to make it a “storyline” first) — Why bother with making other processes more efficient if it takes 2 minutes to add a cross fade to your sequence? In a way it seems to be the antithesis of the Apple experience; the technology is getting in the way of the creative process.
4. For gods sakes, support external monitoring. The “future” of production does not necessarily have to be about dumbing down the necessary processes. Just make the processes more efficient! The amazing 64 bit support, background rendering, live color processing? FANTASTIC — because it makes these necessary processes more efficient. DO THE SAME FOR THE TIMELINE. DO THE SAME FOR EXTERNAL MONITOR SUPPORT. Want to have easy vimeo / youtube exports? FINE, but do the same for tape exports!
OK, rant over. I apologize to my regular, non-production nerd readers.
I get to be a guest again tomorrow on my favorite podcast, to talk with Grubes and DanBenj about Timothy Dalton’s Bond and Final Cut Pro X. So I’ve taken the time to prepare some of my thoughts on what’s happening with FCP, why the kerfuffle, and why Tim Dalton may very well have been the fourth…