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I have been using Final Cut Pro for a variety of editing projects for over 3 years. I like the program, find it to be rock stable and can do most of what I want without too much hassle. However, a recent 3 camera shoot involving different formats finally pushed me over the edge with the multiclip limitations and required transcoding to edit in FCP. I had purchased CS5 Production Premium when it came out, but I had not given Premiere Pro CS5 much more than a glance. I purchased an over-clocked nVidia GTX285 video card ($449) off of e-Bay, installed it in my 2008 Mac Pro, and I took some time to get up to speed with PP and then began this one hour 3-camera project. The difference in speed between PP and FCP was substantial. I also never had one single crash of PP during my entire two weeks of editing this project. It is a pleasure to see all 8-cores light up to the max when working in PP or using Adobe's Media Encoder. Render times with Adobe's Media Encoder were a fraction of the time required to render the same footage in Compressor even though Compressor is also 64-bit. It was a delight to playback multiple streams of high definition video in multiple formats in the PP timeline with multiple effects and never have to render to get good playback.
There is a misconception that to really get any benefit out of the Mercury Playback Engine of PP CS5, one has to purchase an expensive nVidia card. This is simply not the case. The fact that PP is takes full advantage of 64-bit architecture (allowing all of the RAM in your Mac Pro to be used) and contains numerous other software driven improvements gives it a substantial advantage in speed and flexibility over FCP even without a CUDA capable video card. In fact, the latter is only used for real-time playback of effects and filters and is not used in rendering at all.
Finally, I chose to move to PP because the CS5 Production Premium package includes After Effects and Encore CS5 which allows full authoring of Blu-ray DVD's -- something that Apple in FCP supports only in a most abbreviated form. I have found that all of these Adobe software packages are very stable and give excellent results. I simply grew tired of waiting for FCP to catch up to Adobe, and I have no regrets in moving to PP as my main editing software. And, no, I am not an Adobe employee -- just a satisfied user.
I really hope somebody from Apple is paying attention here. I know two other people that have now told me essentially the same story as you, Tom.
And here's something else I've learned: Because I'm a CS4 Web owner, it's actually cheaper for me to upgrade to the entire Production Premium package from Adobe ($599), than it is to buy my first standalone copy of After Effects ($999). So I get a much better deal on After Effects, which I was going to buy anyway, and Premier comes with it. So I guess I might as well try it out.
Also - don't worry about what editing system you are editing with in terms of client inquiries. If an editorial client is seriously asking for an equipment list as opposed to a sample reel, then immediately run the other direction.
If you want a bookcase built, do you ask the carpenter if he uses Skill saws or Porter-Cable? Or do you ask to see a couple of his finished books shelves?