There are lots of posts on these boards about FCP X .... some favorable, some negative. If it is for you will depend on what you primarily do with and what workflows you use.
FCP X is a completely new development and radically different from both FCE and FCP. If you decide to switch you will have to re-learn a lot of things. Also, you will not be able to open FCE projects to continue working on them.
Tom, when you say "the curent OS" do you mean Lion? So, maybe in a year or so you foresee that FCE will not be supported? Would it still work on my present computer? What about a new computer, which I am considering?
I guess my concern is not so much with having to upgrade or move to something new like FCPX, but whether I could still access old projects in FCE4 and, if necessary, go back into earlier sequences and do further editing on them.
How do you see the next 2 to 3 years - would it be best to switch to FCPX, learn it, and leave behind FCE now? I'd appreciate your thoughts please, if you have a moment. Thanks, Keith
when you say "the curent OS" do you mean Lion?
The current OS is 10.6 Snow Leopard. The next OS is 10.7 Lion.
So, maybe in a year or so you foresee that FCE will not be supported?
The upgrade cycle of the OS is lengthening as it matures. I doubt very much that 10.8 (or whatever it will be called) will turn up within a year after the launch of 10.7
The longer an app goes without an update the chances that it will not run on a new OS increses. But there is no certainty that FCE will not run on 10.8 or 10.9 or 11. Just it becomes more likely.
For the next approx two years - which will be the lifetime of 10.7 - FCE will run. There is no certainty beyond that.
But it will not be updated.