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Dec 9, 2012 11:19 AM

Now that it's been awile. Is it safe to Upgrade to FCP X for a professional editor?

Mac Pro 5,1 - 12 core, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 16 GB RAM, Blackmagic Intensity HD Video Card, 4-2TB (Raid 5) HD
  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,490 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 11:33 AM (in response to dnucks)

    It depends on whether or not you require the features that are still missing.

     

    The easiest way to find out is to download the free 30 day fully functional demo and see for yourself.

     

    http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/trial/

     

    FCP X has its pros and cons like any other app but I think it's fair to say that for all amateurs and most pros  it is far superior to legacy FCP.

     

    With  the exception of certain broadcast pros who have a specialised way of team-working, FCP X can do anything you ask of it with speed and ease.

     

    However, don't give up after a few days.

     

    Stick it out to the end of the month and you will almost certainly come to love  it.

     

    This free set of 2+ hour tutorials will get you off to a quick start.

     

    http://www.izzyvideo.com/final-cut-pro-x-tutorial/

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,490 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 11:34 AM (in response to dnucks)

    What do you require?

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,490 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 11:36 AM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    This huge list of updates will show you what has been added over the past year

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4589

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,490 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 1:00 PM (in response to dnucks)

    Yes, all of them.

     

    It's also got the best multicam editor of any app.

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (12,935 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 6:57 PM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    Hi Ian.

     

    Time to update your Discussions bio to include FCPX evangelist.

     

    Russ

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 10:34 PM (in response to Russ H)

    You edit for TV.  Is anyone in your area using it? Thus far in my world of TV production (Los Angeles) I haven't seen it anywhere.  FCP Legacy is still in use, and more people are switching to Avid....and toying with Premiere. 

     

    But, that said, if you want to use it, and it does what you need...get it.  I just haven't seen any job postings looking for people who know FCX, or any companies that are using it.  Well, there is one, but they are doing shows for YouTube.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,490 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 12:01 AM (in response to Russ H)

    Understatement (along  with modesty) has always been one of my many self-publicised virtues.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to dnucks)

    >What circles are you in, in LA? I used to be in the Trailer world at New Wave and Goodspot.

     

    Cable Documentary mainly, but some reality. Orignial Productions, Prometheus, Morninstar, New Dominion out of Virginia...handful of smaller companies...few larger ones.  90% of them are Avid.  A few used to be FCP 7...some are staying there until they have to switch, some have switched. In my world, the shift will be mainly back to Avid. Adobe will have to have editors pushing it like we did FCP if it is to gain any ground. And it will gain ground when media management improves.

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