I'm hoping the community can help me with a decision.
I am not a professional editor. I consider myself a serious hobbyist, creating multi-cam “event videography” or documentary videography (as opposed to fictional narrative/story-telling type of movie making).
I was very excited when I watched the NAB video demonstrating FCP X, and was anxious to purchase it when it was released, hoping I would get affordable access to simplified color correction and the ability to view multi-camera shots (I assumed, since it had been a part of FCS).
I have read many postings about FCP X, many of which focused on complaints about this new version. Two things that sent up red flags for me:
- FCP X does not allow the user to set the scratch disc. Does this limitation have something to do with how the program utilizes the 64-bit/multi-core features of the newer Macs?
- There is no multi-cam view editing (at least nothing that I can't do now with FCE).
Several posts have suggested that Apple has assured users that the multi-cam editing feature will be included in future upgrades/versions, although I've personally been unable to find anything about this provided directly from the Apple web site.
I'm very familiar, (although by no means an expert) with FCE. I am not at all familiar with iMovie.
In your opinion, should I purchase FCPX and start learning it, with whatever shortcomings exist (and with crossed fingers that multi-cam will be added in the future)
start using iMovie to help familiarize myself with that software's “architecture”--if that's the correct use of the term—in anticipation of the “new and improved FCP X” due sometime in the future (and in the meantime, spend my money on a Blu-ray burner or another external hard drive)?
Thanks for your time and input.