petition demands that Apple not change Final Cut Pro

By SteveJack
SteveJack is a long-time Macintosh user, web designer, multimedia producer and a regular contributor to the MacDailyNews Opinion section who gets paid by the article, not the word count.
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    1. Online petitions are nothing more than a list of people who agree with the petition’s argument. They are not legally valid for anything other than folks ganging up on some entity and presenting a group opinion.

      There are lots of these: Sign here to impeach Obama, Sign here to Recall Bachman, etc etc. They are more a “feel good” thing that ordinary folks like you and me think will affect change. The recipients of these petitions usually toss them in the round file.

      1. Apple, please listen, here is a quick fix for all your problems!

        CHANGE THE F***ING NAME! for anything that doesn’t say FINAL CUT, and people will realise it is indeed a different and new product. done.

        1. It’s not a name issue. We don’t care what Apple calls it. It’s also not a money issue. We don’t care for refunds or if Apple adds what’s needed and triples the price. It’s also not a UI issue. Most of us love the new UI, 64-bit, speed and everything else about it.

          The issue is that it needs the pro features that pros have come to rely upon. Specifically, it needs the ability to import projects.

          The quick fix for all of Apple’s problems is to put FCP7 back on the market. Then announce that FCP7 will remain on the market until an announced set of features are implemented in FCPX. At the very least import should be on that list. Then they should communicate when they expect this to occur. A year is reasonable, but whatever it takes, as long as it’s an honest an open communication and they follow through with it.

          The key here is communication. Apple didn’t do this ahead of time, and they’re failing at it now.

  1. I’m sure Apple would be perfectly happy selling licenses for the old Final Cut Pro at $1000 a pop, if you REALLy twist their arm…

    But Apple would rather have 10x more Mac users getting into high-end video editing for the first time, for only $300 (and a less steep learning curve).

    1. High end? Get real. If you knew anything about the many workflows associated with “high end” editing you wouldn’t be talking that way. It’s precisely because Apple 1st promised us a revamped Pro tool and then didn’t include the majority of the tools necessary to work in a high end or collaborative editing environment that pros are pissed. We can’t upgrade. That also means we can’t add seats to our current facilities.

      The interface is slick and fast. But it is missing the very features that made it pro. Have fun trying to get your project out for audio sweetening, color grading and FX. Color (the app) is MIA. So is STP. So you can’t even do initial grades or sound staging before being sent out. Oh wait. You can’t send it out anyway.

      Yeah we’re just bitching for the hell of it.

      1. You’re bitching because you’re talentless hacks who have been trained to do things one way, and are so freaking scared of the future that you can’t be bothered to spend an hour with the new product and learn how it does the same things you’ve always wanted to do… and so instead, you run screaming to the internet to cry like crybabies, while pretending that you’re too “professional” to use a really good tool.

        Fact of the matter is, you guys all sound like amateurs. You use “professional” as if it was a justification to make up arbitrary demands and claim that anything that doesn’t meet them is not “professional”— its nonsense.

        Crybaby amateurs gonna cry.

        The real professionals– they’re busy learning FCP X and will be taking your jobs from you over the next couple years.

        1. I went to film school in NYC in a class of roughly 50 people. There’s a listserv from the school which serves hundreds of us from all the recent classes. I can tell you EVERYONE is jumping ship. These are people who switched to Mac from PC just so they could use FCP. I can promise you this is happening everywhere. Apple is losing EVERYONE here. They could have done a gradual transition but are going to lose the market to Avid and Adobe if they don’t change course.

  2. i don’t know why people are acting like they are forced to upgrade and us X. You’re right they can use the old program. Why doesnt any reputable the site state that one fact, use the old program.

    1. well didn’t they pull the latest final cut suite? that implies that they’re not going to support it any longer. eventually, the content on message boards and forums would eventually become fcp x heavy and fcp7 users would begin to feel like 2nd class citizens.

      keep fcp x just don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

    2. Imagine a post production house that owns 10 computers running FCP 7, a big job comes up and you need to install 2 more computers… Oh wait, apple doesn’t sell the licenses anymore or provide a program which offers the same level of capability… Damn. So to get to 12 computers running an ecosystem which will allow separate machines to easily talk to each other, you need to throw away EVERYTHING you have invested in plugins and software, which is very expensive, and start from scratch… With no warning or period of transition… I say, develop FCP X, I’m excited to see all the great new things they will do with it! BUT, continue to support the companies and individuals who have invested so much. It wouldn’t be that hard, then as time goes on, the switch will happen more naturally instead of like a system shock!
      Every professional I know is upset, most are interested about the possibilities in FCP X over the next few years, but feel they’ve been screwed big time! Apple must fix this!! It’s just cold hearted and mean…

  3. Really?

    All these petitions seem really dumb. I think Apple gets the message. They never issue responses till they have decided on a course of action or in the very least have decided how to fully explain their intentions.

    Final Cut Users,

    I’ve been using this product since version 1.2. Stick with 7 till Apple addresses the issue. Then, God forbid, move over to Adobe or wait till Apple puts out a roadmap for adding the features you want or need. They did a pretty big thing with Final Cut X. They rewrote it, from the ground up in the way they rewrote the operating system. It’s not backwards compatible in the same way OSX wasn’t. I believe they are readying it for the future. Apple will listen to its customers. In the meantime, we don’t have to be assholes about it, demanding our “rights”. We have rights only to use the products we’ve purchased, not to dictate what they create for us to purchase. Me? I haven’t purchased yet. That’s how I’m making my voice heard.

    1. @xj,

      “It’s not backwards compatible in the same way OSX wasn’t.”

      You couldn’t be more wrong here. Apple released a roadmap for OS X way in advance. There were beta and preview versions of OS X long before it went public and longer still before it was proclaimed as ready for prime time.

      Apple released OS 9 as a transition OS where developers could write universal binaries that would run on OS 9 and OS X before OS X was released.

      After OS X was released you could run OS 9 apps in classic mode, or reboot into OS 9. It was years before Apple transitioned by removing OS 9 booting and later classic.

      But even then, your data could still be imported. Your MP3s, your JPGs, your Docs, etc… Pretty much everything simply opened in OS X based apps.

      Heck Final Cut projects survived transitioning from Macromedia to Apple, could be opened on Windows or OS 9, opened on PPC OS X and all the way up to Intel based OS X. So you’d think they could handle this transition while allowing at least some level of compatibility.

      “Then, God forbid, move over to Adobe”

      Ya, cold dead hands and all that goes with it. Petitions may be dumb, but the louder the community cries, the more likely Apple is to change. Yes, they’ve done it in the past. Yes, they have people who’s jobs it is specifically to provide feedback reports from a variety of sources (I know people who do this) and petitions and even blog comments count.

      “We have rights only to use the products we’ve purchased, not to dictate what they create for us to purchase.”

      I’ve seen many comments, but not one suggesting we could dictate this. On the other hand, we have freedom of speech, and the louder we yell, the more likely Apple is to respond.

      It’s the difference between FireWire and Floppies. People whined, complained, and petitioned. Firewire came back. Floppies didn’t. Although Apple *did* make adjustments in regards to floppies in terms of zip and CD-R drives in response to consumers demands for some kind of portable media.

      1. Apple released FCP X in preview releases, both publicly at NAB and then privately to REAL professionals.

        They all seemed to love it, by the way.

        Cry on, crybaby!

        1. @Engineer,

          Where did I say that FCPX wasn’t previewed? At NAB it wasn’t publicly preview released, it was just previewed. Previews were also given to reviewers and certain developers, but numerous film and tv studios were not given copies or anything else beyond the previews.

          OS X was available to anyone *years* before the transition. That included developers, IT managers, and even consumers.

          That FCPX was *previewed in demos* misses the point entirely. That is to say that OS X had a lengthy transition with a full path for existing content and even most apps, whereas there’s no transition path whatsoever for FCP projects.

          “They all seemed to love it, by the way.”

          Yes, reviewers did love it. We all love FCPX in of itself. However, any pros that need existing FCP projects simply can’t use it *and* many of the features pros need were not revealed to be missing during the demos.

    1. So… a group called is actually resistant to change?!? Ironic. Next thing you know, pro-choice groups will actually favor choice – even if that choice means actually having the baby. The end is near!

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