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

3516 Views 58 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2014 7:58 PM by Tom Wolsky RSS
  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,430 points)

    I think this was mentioned earlier.

     

    This thread is getting rather chaotic and rambling because you launched it with numerous questions/grumbles.

     

    The best way to use this forum is to start  new threads with each  containing just one question, preferably with a title giving a clue to that query.

     

    This way readers can see immediately what the thread is about and more people will therefore come to your aid quickly.

     

    So if you have several problems, just post each one separately and I am sure you will find a lot more useful help forthcoming  .  .  .  having said that, I must admit to occasionally drifting off the subject or even bundling a couple of questions together. 

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)

    This is a completely pointless and futile exercise. You're trying to learn the application by making a project, and you're trying to make it the way you're used to making it. You might be able to force the application to work the way you want by using some combination of compound clips and secondaries.

     

    There are no numbered layers or tracks. You can't copy and paste to layer 2. There is no layer 2. There is no number 2 in the timeline. The whole description of your workflow is based entirely on there being tracks in the timeline. Put everything in the timeline and sort it out by putting things on the right layers. You're calling them layers but you really mean tracks. This application isn't going to work for you with this methodology. 

     

    Oh and learn to use the clip skimmer and auditions might be helpful.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,430 points)

    Yes, I'm reminded of an (imaginary) soldier who has spent his life fighting with a knife  .  .  .  .  .  .  he is given a gun, but persists in trying to stab his foes with it, instead of using it as intended. 

     

    On a possibly more helpful note, I would suggest that you should never start an important project with a completely new editing app.

     

    Use the old familiar one for the serious film and play around with the new app for a few weeks to get the feel of it and learn how it works.

     

    When you have mastered most of the techniques you  require, you will be in a position to start a new important project with confidence.

  • Richard Soul Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    do as ian and karsten said___ start a new post with one short question_

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)

    I read your posts as best I could. I don't think you can save this project the way it's constructed. Well maybe you could, but it would involve a lot of hard work and probably none of it would be copying and pasting. I'm not sure this software will ever work for you. I edit by making decisions, you seem to edit by postponing them. If you want to try using different shots with different effects you might see if auditions will help you.

  • somanna Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)

    Hello Mark,

     

    I am very glad that FCPX has been my first baptism into the waters of video editing. I am very happy with this application and reading all the 'troubles' it is giving you, a past master in this field of video editing, I am very very happy to have chosen FCPX as my video editing software.

     

    I hope that within one week you too will feel that FCPX is the best thing you have come across!

     

    You already know quite a lot, but I am sure that when you get the hang of it, you will be zooming away.

     

    Cheers.

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,460 points)

    I asked for single sentence to answer my question - you didn't.-

     

    Mudh Mark wrote:

    …  your basic feature of insert overlay etc are dead at the moment for me...forget them.

    I don't, using it, daily - you should!

    with this attitude, you will never learn a new tool.

     

     

    Mudh Mark wrote:

    I need to simultaneaously see all the thumbnails and drag the best.

    you do.

    in the Event Browser = selection

    Not in the storyline  = final product.

     

     

    Mudh Mark wrote:

    … it can be from any layer …

    there ARE no layers/tracks/lines/rows/ranks/bins/… in FCPX.

     

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    sorry to say, Mark, but your being on speedbreathless way of documenting a confused workflow, based upon complete ignoring the concept of a new&different tool makes it impossible to help you.

     

    you got responds from the most helpful, forebearing and profound supportes of this board (and confused them) - follow their basic advice to learn this app FROM GROUND. or, STAY with track-based NLEs.

     

    I'm outta here …

     

    -bye-

  • Studio Engineer Level 2 Level 2 (445 points)

    Tom Wolsky wrote:

     

    This is a completely pointless and futile exercise. You're trying to learn the application by making a project, and you're trying to make it the way you're used to making it. You might be able to force the application to work the way you want by using some combination of compound clips and secondaries.

     

    There are no numbered layers or tracks. You can't copy and paste to layer 2. There is no layer 2. There is no number 2 in the timeline. The whole description of your workflow is based entirely on there being tracks in the timeline. Put everything in the timeline and sort it out by putting things on the right layers. You're calling them layers but you really mean tracks. This application isn't going to work for you with this methodology.

     

    Oh and learn to use the clip skimmer and auditions might be helpful.

    +1

  • Studio Engineer Level 2 Level 2 (445 points)

    Mudh Mark wrote:

     

    .....see I understand I have to understand the concept but

    No BUTs ;-)

     

    Get down and dirty with the app - thus - understand its concept. Then come back and start a thread, if you feel you need to. I bet that you will love the concept ONCE you understand it.

     

    Lots a Fun ;-)

  • somanna Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)

    Do feel sorry for you Mark but then, the situation is not as bad as you like to describe it. I hope that other video editors who are already doing the kind of stuff you are doing will help you out. But, understanding the level of your competence in video editing with non FCPX softwares, I trust you are not far away from riding your 'mad' horse [FCPX] expertly and see that it takes you where you want!

  • marti153 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Enough!  Time to move on!  Both sides are beginning to look like they need a life!

  • innocentius Level 4 Level 4 (1,355 points)

    When Karsten says "I'm outta here" then this is a hopeless case

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