With the latest update to Final Cut Pro Apple has shown that it is serious about giving Pros the features they are looking for in an NLE. Probably for 90% of it’s users FCPX is already a complete package with little more to do.
It’s that last 10% that are still wanting more. The good news is that there is very little left for Apple to change to put FCPX right back where it was before the switch to X occurred in 2011.
Here are the changes that I feel would return Final Cut Pro to a dominant player in the high end professional market.
Advanced Mode which turns on these features:Libraries, Events, Projects change to Projects, Bins, Sequences
Metadata ripple – the option to have any changes made in the browser or timeline ripple through all respective clips. Also the option to modify clips at the Finder Level
Master sequence settings. Set once setting for all new sequences
Customise workspaces a view where workspaces can be set up and saved
Customise/save browser views (create custom columns)
Set ups for guides and grids
Monitor/Audio calibration tools and settings
Ability to set locations of ALL rendered data Proxy/Optimised Media, Analysis files, Thumbnails, Waveforms, Render Files
Proxy mode compression settings, giving users the ability to set a maximum data rate/size setting
Dupe Detection in the Timeline toggle
Viewers to gain position bar, have option to show previous next clip in timeline (for grading)
New Trim mode that includes dynamic trimming
Consolidate media with user defined handle length.
Customisable interface and the ability to have multiple browser windows open at once on more than 2 monitors
Producer friend rang me in desperate need of a favour. Finish off a job for a client due tonight. Premiere Pro. Normally I’d say no but this is a good friend who has helped me out in the past.
So in I went thinking “maybe it won’t be as bad as I’m thinking.”
WRONG. It’s like those bad Chinese knock offs that try to cash in on something popular but miss out on what actually made it popular to start with.
Yes it behaves in a similar way to FCP7 and it’s certainly easy to come to grips with quickly. But it is seriously like jumping from a nice sports car to a truck. Function over form.
Keyboard Shortcut interfaces compared:
Adobe just can’t help themselves. The engineers must always overrule the user interface dept. (or maybe they don’t have a user interface department)
FCPX is by no means perfect and still has a long way to go to make me truly happy with it, but by god it’s a hell of a distance down the road compared to this clunky ugly muddled mess of a program.