Editor Walter Murch is feeling better about Final Cut Pro X

“When Final Cut Pro X debuted, it caused a stir in the professional video editing world,” Kelly Hodgkins reports for TUAW.

“Long a standard tool for feature film editors, the latest version of Final Cut was designed more for the prosumer, and left some pro editors with a bad taste for the update,” Hodgkins reports. “In a recent interview with Rick Young of MacVideo, film and sound editor Walter Murch discusses this new role of Final Cut Pro X.”

Hodgkins reports, “He sees FCPX as a tool that will gradually straddle the old world of analog-based non-linear video editing and the new digital-based future. Murch is not sure Apple can pull this off and create a tool that appeals to both the professional and the consumer, but if it does, FCPX could be the foundation for a new NLE ecosystem.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]


    1. Some people just fear change… but the mark of a PROFESSIONAL is that they appreciate improved tools.

      FCPX is improved in nearly every way, far exceeding the few minor rough edges.

  1. There’s going to be lingering backlash from pro users, but at $300 a license, it’s really hard not to take a look later on once Apple adds some of the old FCP features back in.

    1. It’s going to take more than getting it up to 30% functionality from its current 20% from what I’ve seen to make it usable for heavy industry use. And by that I mean workflows that aren’t reliant on the one man operation paradigm. I don’t see that happening for a few years yet. Color grading, sound sweetening and file management are just three areas (huge areas i might add) out of many where FCPX has been consumerized to the point of uselessness. Even a 2 person team can’t function efficiently using this tool.

      1. You really should disclose that your paycheck is signed by Adobe or whomever.

        You’re criticisms are lies and you’re generally full of shit, spreading FUD.

        For instance, File management is much better in FCPX than it was in FCP (same with the others.)

        I know you think that claiming to be a pro lets you get away with spreading these lies… and it has worked with ignorant bloggers who don’t know any better.

        But that just makes you a scumbag.

        1. Editors out there (pro or not) already know not to read Engineer’s posts, but for those who are curious about a FCPX and want good, thoughtful, and respectful analysis from both supporters and haters, go to creativecow.com and check out the FCPX or Not thread in the forums section. There’s really good stuff there from every spectrum of the industry. But truly, ignore Engineer.

  2. Look, they told people when it was released that they had to rewrite it from scratch and it would take a while to bring it back, feature-wise. If things never changed from the way they were always done, you’d still be cutting film. I’m an audio engineer and I’ve used tape. No desire to go back. If there’s an easier way to do things, bring it on.

  3. A more reasoned assessment of the new FCP. I too hope that Apple beefs up the app and opens it to 3rd party development. It could, as said, become the next gen NLE system for real pros.

  4. Uh, this video is like four months old, MDN… It’s not really news anymore. In fact, Murch has publicly spoken much more recently about this subject, and some of those talks can be found on video, but he’s still basically saying the same thing, since he’s been busy and hasn’t really used FCPX yet. From those more recent talks, I’d hardly say he’s entirely “feeling better” about FCPX, he’s just not as full of doom-and-gloom and drama queeny attitude about the app as some of the more outspoken critics have been.

  5. At least Walter Murch is an Oscar-winning film editor, having edited movies like The English Patient and Cold Mountain where Murch setup 4 MacPros with FCP at the location shoot in Eastern Romania for the same cost as one Avid system.

  6. Fcpx is only made for a one Man production. Period. Cool if you are not a big studio. Here comes the bride. Giving it actual tracks is the key that opens all the other doors. It will happen. Mark my words Hey and now that it can happen without resistance, Wouldn’t it be smart to add flash to the iPad if even an option? I want the good half of the internet. Admit it. And how about a dividend on my stock…? Ok relax.

  7. The key question is … will there be Mac Pros to support the ‘pro’ community?

    Because professional creative sorts I know — people who make Grammy award winning music, Oscar winning films, and Emmy award winning television — won’t use consumer iMac or low end Mac Mini or a laptop to do real work on.

    If the creative industries stop using Macs, Apple’s cool factor will quickly evaporate from the top down.

  8. @John “Wouldn’t it be smart to add flash to the iPad if even an option?”


    Because today Adobe announced they are dropping Flash support for mobile devices and tablets.

    Won’t be too long before the desktop goes the same way and Flash is replaced by HTML5.

  9. There are a lot of misconceptions and inaccurate statements about FCP X. Many have to do with USERs who did not take the time to dig deep and others who only saw screen shots and made assumptions, specifically calling it “imovie pro”, that cliche statement we keep hearing. Is FCP X fully PRO, no it is not but it’s very efficient in many ways and it makes other editors look old fashion in the way they perform in addition to it’s over all architecture. Would it be difficult for a “studio” or broadcast house to use FCP X, yes it would but FCP X is a very viable software. Someone on the web listed 18 things wrong with FCP X in terms of function or bugs and 13 of those items listed were inaccurate and untrue by the blogger. This is the danger of the internet, people making statements and not having first hand knowledge of a product or they FAILED as a user to get to know the software. And people are forgetting to look at Compressor and Motion, which is a separate purchase. APPLE has stated on their web site that more additions are coming in early 2012. This software is not done, it’s not fully developed as of yet. Most Americans are viewing video on a 21 inch screen or less and that is a fact – ipad, itouch, cell phones, 21 inch home computer monitors. APPLE knows this. APPLE knows the market and they know the statistical analysis of making money and what people want. Yes, it looks like they moved out of the “pro” market but what they have developed is a way to reach another market and it’s actually pretty smart in the approach. There is a lot you can do with FCP X, much more than people know and I see it getting better and bigger and more developed over time

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.