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- June 24, 2011 at 4:33 PM #47370AnonymousInactive
I am a Sony Vegas User on the PC platform about to switch to the iMac. I will need to change my NLE software and from a price point you can’t beat FCP X though it seems to be getting slammed by the professional community. I am strictly a hobbiest so most of the complaints such as can’t import FCP 7 files, external monitor support, etc don’t really apply to me. I was just wondering if anybody here has used it, especially if you have also used Vegas Pro and what your opinions are.
ONLY from what I’ve read, and what I do know about iMovie, iDVD and the FCP Studio programs, I believe X will “shake out” over the next quarter and its subsequent updates and revisions will smooth out some of the ruffled feathers … particularly among the self-professed and other professional users.
For the most part people are adverse to change, sometimes ANY change, and when something changes as radically as X is purported to do when compared to the previous FCP iteration, they’re going to squeak and squabble. Change also isn’t always a good thing … well at least some elements of an overhaul like X compared to FCP Studio, et al.
But it is my firm belief, conviction and faith in Apple Computers and the Mac environment that the program overall will be well worth the wait for a system update or five. Perhaps those who purchase a copy toward the end of the last quarter of 2011 will begin to sing some praises and not be lobbing so many verbal grenades.
I plan to purchase X at that time and I have no doubt it will be very useful and in many ways more sophisticated and faster to achieve certain editing goals than the Studio was/is. Also, both can reside on a computer so I really don’t see what all the fuss is about. Those who have both can use both and $400-$500 for X plus the additional two elements, compressor, etc. isn’t a bad thing for what will eventually prove IMHO a good thing.
I’m with Earl.
We went through this with imovie hd and imovie 8.
The writing is on the wall.
I will admit I’m not as capable an editor as many of the users here are.
Within weeks of imovie ’09 I found myself never needing Imovie hd again.
I use imovie and FCE for my work. I do the rough edit in imovie(easier sorting on import), export an xml file to FCE, do my multicamera edits in fce as well as any keying, and color correcting, edit my audio in audacity then bring a finished project bact to imovie for publishing. Not exactly conveinient, but imovie does do some things really well, and my limited skills in final cut bring it up a notch so it can pass for professional work.
I believe when FCPX is able to do multi cam edits easily it will be a winner.
Nobody wants to learn from scratch, we all get set in our ways. But having taken the time to learn the basics in FCE and Imovie, I truly believe FCPX or imovie pro which ever you prefer, will speed up and simplify my workflow, and increase my productivity.
I await revision one before buying though.
Here is a quick review by some power users:
“But it is my firm belief, conviction and faith in Apple Computers and the Mac environment that the program overall will be well worth the wait for a system update or five. Perhaps those who purchase a copy toward the end of the last quarter of 2011 will begin to sing some praises and not be lobbing so many verbal grenades.” – Earl
Unfortunately, people have been waiting a long time already. When you consider FCS wasn’t much of an upgrade from FCS2, Apple has had since 2007 to get their act together. If you work in post production and you’re more than a one-man-band, this is terrible.
At first, I bought the argument “This is a V1 release. Just give it time.” The reality is, it isn’t a V1 release. Saying that implies it’s the first time Apple has made an NLE. The fact is, FCP has been around for over 10 years. They KNOW what basic functions editors need.
If you work by yourself, this is probably good enough. But if you own a business with multiple editors and create content for broadcast or other high-end content, this is a step backwards.
Apple has had plenty of time to fix the areas where FCP has been falling behind. Those areas are much more important than a UI overhaul.
I think the problem is that they ruined their differentiation between consumer/prosumer/ and professional users. Earlier they had perfect categories set up. iMovie for the average Joe. Final Cut ExpressHD for Youtube users and then Final Cut Pro for businesses/professionals/and the more advanced crowd. Unfortunately they are now trying to please both hardcore pros and higher up “Youtube” amateur enthusiast. They got rid of Express when they should have kept it, instead of dumbing down Final Cut Studio and getting rid of so many features.
I’m sure that after the harsh criticism it is receiving that they will fix most of the damage they did. Then again I haven’t used Final Cut Studio ever so I don’t have much room to talk.