A little history lesson fo


A little history lesson for you young guys.

I remember when the desktop editing movement began. While Avid had been the professional turnkey standard for a long time. Premiere (Not Premiere Pro then) was the first under 5K desktop editing system. Final Cut Pro was considerably later, but was able to jump ahead of Premiere and other systems by offering things like camera control via firewire and rt effects. Combine the application features with the fact that Apple made the hardware as well and they had the best desktop editing system at the time. Combine this with really, really good marketing and they were able to position themselves for the independent film and later hd markets. Adobe had to completely scrap there applicatioin and rebuild it from scratch to really create a product that could compete with Final Cut. Now I tend to think that FCP and PP are almost the same program, they share similar keyboard commands and workflows. There are differences in the way they each want you to work with clips and the timeline and alot of differences behind the scenes but if you know one you can pretty quickly learn the other. I always suggest to my students that they learn at least two of the three (Avid, FCP, or PP) to be competitive.

There are differences in the way macs and pcs work but the one button mouse compliant is silly. The mac has accepted two buttons and more on mice since OSX. Apple’s mighty mouse takes a little getting used to but if you don’t like it go and buy any 3-button usb mouse. The mouse I use on my mac is made by Microsoft.

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