Admittedly I wasn't very impressed with FCP X when it was released. I'd used Final Cut 6/7 for various projects. Usually small projects or to finish and output projects other people had started. I probably used DVD SP more....really a great DVD authoring tool. Mostly I use Avid Media Composer for editing. When FCP X was released I was frankly shocked. So many professioanl features had been removed it made it very difficult to appreciate some interesting features like the magnetic timeline. Now that it's been out for 6+ months and I've watched the upgrades and I've calmed down a little I deceided to take another look at it.
Apple has made some in roads with the upgrades. However there's some really problems I have with the basic structure of FCPX:
I do long-form documentaries. I work with a lot of footage. Right now we have close to 900 hours of footage stored on shelves but over the last few years we've gone to a tapeless workflow. I have a couple of large raids and a few large FW 800 drives that we're slowly moving footage off of. With our Media Composer we get XDCAM, 5D, 7D or AVCHD footage on small, portable fw 800 drives (or cards) and I bring the footage into Media Composer via AMA. I instantly have the footage available to edit from without importing but my experience with AVCHD footage shows that it's kinda slow to work with so I usually work with it until I leave for the day and then I set it to transcode and I come in the next morning and it's fine. My boss showed up a few weeks ago with 30 hours of AVCHD footage so I've got this down. Now from what I've seen, read and deduced from using FCPX is that FCPX wants to transfer my footage over to my system whether I want to or not but I can turn off back ground render right? Plus all my footage has to be on the same drive for each event? True or not true? I would find it impossible to work off of a single drive for my project (event) and my media...they must have fixed this right?
Now as for the rest of FCPX, well it's interesting but nesting clips into a single clip has been part of Avid for well...for ever. At least since the mid 90's. I'm pretty sure FCP 7 could do it as well. It's the organization of everything into this long list of files that you HAVE TO describe in metadata in order to have some sort of structure to it is awkward...maybe I'm wrong, maybe I don't have to. Avid's newest release is 64 bit and I can tab all my bins into one bin to save space...and that includes bins I created 10 years ago for media shot 10 years ago...in OS 8.6!. Right now in Media Composer I can and do use 3rd party hardware and raids, sharing the media with two other Avids via a SFTP server I created. Could I do that with FCP X?
When Apple refused to upgrade DVDSP for BluRay we were forced to look elsewhere. We settled on Adobe Master Collection and Encore. This gave me an introduction to Premiere and I found it kinda interesting. Sort of what FCP 8 might have been. You see my point? Is FCPX really a professional non-linear editor? It has some really interesting, cool tools but over the last couple of years I've found myself drifting away from Apple.