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Final cut pro x is the worst and most horrifying software for a new user....most non - user friendly...

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Mudh Mark Calculating status...
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Feb 8, 2013 9:48 AM

Working on it is just like making a castle of cards......Your entire effort just goes in thinking how to keep your clips in place,how to group ,compound and then again uncompound , make a secondary timeline then again break never know what will shift, what will get replaced , what will fall off a layer seems like a video game where all bricks have to be maintained in the air one over the other without a have to keep wasting your brain power in just thinking how your clips would be unscrewed till the end of the project is so ridiculous for a general film editor of getting used to can be made to get used to anything but ......there is no logic in kicking your brain to prove its intelligence of being able to think about the management of its clips all the time while working because there is always a possibiltiy of your data not found in the place you left it or in the shape you designed it..........specially extremely mind screwing for people who have to work with large data and not everybody has to make a can they even think of making a software with a thought that people will directly drag everything from the browser and bam here is your is the worst software for people who go into tricky editing experimenting with layers and mix match of several effects in one window.....seeing everything available without changing timelines.........

the basic timeline of fcpx is so childish,so basic.....user friendly is something that works on human logic not something that teaches you to think in a different way.....else for people who work on several softwares their entire life would just go learning softwares.......




good for people who just know , once dragged is done and once compounded is forgotton


Nightmare for people who start their work after dragging and can't compound or keep making secondary timelines till the end to painstakingly protect their delicate and intricate timelines..........everything just keeps sticking here and or a chameleon tongue.....

Final Cut Pro X, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,490 points)

    Are you experiencing a problem?

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)

    Ian R. Brown wrote:


    Are you experiencing a problem?

    Mark flooded the boards with his attempt to re-enact his old, habitual workflows with a from-ground different designed program.


    one word: plastics tracks LOL

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)

    Mudh Mark wrote:

    .....of course there are tracks....



    How many 'tracks' do you notice in this scene?




    one, ONE single track!

    ok, a few dozens layers for compositing (Hulk, New York, debris, Iron Man, steam, fire, light ....).


    but one single track in editing:

    the storyline.

    telling the story, the Avengers stand together.


    editing (=one track) is not compositing (=many layers)


    the story could be a stringing together some video-clips.

    but the 'fundament of your story' could be a solo audio-track too - the storyline is then 'just' a green-bar, and you're free to place your clips'n takes at any position. for instance, you're doing an interview. or a music-video.


    any, ANY movie tells some sort-of 'story', even the wildest art-house project. movie is a time-based media, so any movie has a beginning, a middle, an end, any movie has some sort-of of 'drama', any movie is made to take the viewer by the hand and drag him from A to B.


    FCPX is for storytelling.


    And the elements for this story are free at hand: the Events and skimming allow to watch 'everything'; a smarter way is, due to the nature of movie-making (=you don't use 90% of your recordings), you pre-select the clips (before adding to any timeline). and to sort the pre-selection, you have a very mighty tool to tag and filter your material. it's one click, and you get just close-ups of singer, another click and you just see takes of hopping cars, another click and you see just backgrounds, another click and you see just ....


    you can easiely automate some of this processes, e.g. multicam to synch shots.


    you can even create Auditions, variations in your actual Project

    to test vers#1 vs vers#2 'live'

    (try to re-enact that in a track-based editor!)



    Mudh Mark wrote:

    ....just tell me in one sentence , dragging your clips speedily in overlaying layers is easier or dragging clips in a layer and it getting snapped somewhere else


    a storyline has just one track.

    a compositing has many layers.


    think, what your storyline is. start with that.

    think different.



  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)

    "now if I feel in the third compound layer I want to add retiming to the first clip I will have to break it apart.."


    You do not have up break it apart. Open the compound clip. Make the speed change, and return to the project.


    Make everything in the stacks secondary storylines attached to the music at the head. Nothing moves vertically. Build your effects in the storyline in compounds within each storyline.


    You shouldn't be using this software. You can't make it work the way you want to work.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,490 points)

    I would like to ask 2 questions:-


    1. How long have you been using FCP X?


    2. Assuming the answer to the first question was a week or so, will you come back in 3 months and give another appraisal of FCP X, assuming again that you stick with it?

  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)

    Get some proper training such as at  Then come back and ask specific questions rather than flame, please.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,490 points)

    I assume you are fairly new to FCP X, and as it is radically different from all previous editing systems, it can be somewhat overwhelming at first.


    Most of us have that reaction.


    I can remember when I first got my hands on it, I wondered how the devil I would ever manage to do any editing, but after a few weeks everything dropped into place and there was no looking back.


    The only problem is that I haven't done any serious editing for months and I have forgotten loads of what I knew! 

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