I'm looking for help and guidance. I'd be most grateful for any I can get.
I have just spent two weeks editing about 30 sales videos in FCP 7. These videos are an evolving feast as and when new testimonials, case histories etc enhance the message. That's the nature with this particular client. All have been graded, stabilized, etc, where required. Following final client approval in the next few days, the finished edits need to be rendered and then exported in various formats/media.
'Just the ticket for FCP X' I thought. With its 64-bit processing and background rendering this should be a breeze. Except, of course, FCP X cannot open the .fcp files.
Suggestions that I rebuild the projects in FCP X don't wash, as each sales video is compiled from an online database of over 3,000 source files that regularly get updated, with the selected clips exported to FCP via XML. And FCP X does not understand XML either.
So what am I supposed to do?
In the short-term I obviously have to stick with FCP 7 and do my rendering, etc, with that.
Given Apple has discontinued FCP 7 support I will not hold my breath for any more updates, ever, despite having waited over two years for one already (let's be honest, FCP 7 was a marginal upgrade to FCP 6). So in the long-term we're not going to see an update to this.
Sure, I can believe FCP X will get updates in due course, but the things that worry me here are that (a) the list of missing essential features is long, (b) Apple is not likely to publish any roadmap so I will be unable to make any kind of informed decision, and (c) meanwhile, the alternatives (both of which clearly focus more on the high end features) will have evolved yet another generation themselves. It begs the question: For business/broadcast users, how big will the gap between FCP X and Adobe/Avid get?
Look, I have no doubt that some very bright engineers have done a great job on the underlying technology behind FCP X. I'm sure it's brilliant, but this is not about cool technology, it's about getting the job done, on time and on budget. And at the moment FCP X seems a long way from even beginning to be a useful tool.
I'm just really annoyed that (a) I've been led to believe (by SJ and others) that FCP 7's update would be "awesome" and to "Stay tuned and buckle up", and (b) that by using the moniker 'Final Cut Pro X' it would indeed be a quantum leap over Final Cut Pro 7 (as the Get Info 'V.10' description states). I did not expect to go backwards in functionality (V.4?) and have apologists claim it was a "reset" and really just a Version 1 and to 'give it a chance'.
I'm stunned. Disappointed does not begin to describe my feelings.
At this stage I am $500 poorer, but I will get that money back from Apple. It's just a shame that it'll go straight into the coffers of Adobe.
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