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I’ve taken the time over the last couple of weeks to get to know FCP X, use it, do a full tutorial on it. I have used the old FCP for a while, and I have to say I actually really like X. You have to take the time to understand where things are, and how things are done. Some things may not be there that were there in previous versions (they really need to sort out the multicam thing, I know there is a way to do it sort of, but still), but you do have to sit back and ask yourself ‘Why do I need this thing’ – sometimes we get so used to something being a certain way that if it changes, or goes, we freak and seriously lament the loss of it, even though it didn’t add much value to our lives in the first place.
You will find in some instances that you need to forget everything you know already, and a lot of people are not good at doing this. You’ll lose them. But if you want to make intelligent choices yourself, don’t sit and ask others what they make of it (too many people mistake opinions as fact, and as we basically are sheep we tend to be swayed by others opinions, even if they mean nothing to us), but take the time to fully understand the product and functionality yourself.
The fact that it looks so much like imovie put me off initially, until I spent the time getting to know it and discovered it does everything I need it to do, and everything I did in FCP 7, only most things are actually now easier. But don’t take my word for it, really, just use your own head and don’t read another review until you have your own opinion.