Happy 3rd Birthday, Final Cut Pro X

“Final Cut Pro X will be three years old on Saturday June 21,” Richard Taylor writes for FCPX.TV. “It certainly has been an interesting ride these first three years.”

“There is an ever growing community, over a million installs and many Final Cut Pro X resources, including 3rd party developers, some who offer free templates and tutorials. And there are many professionals using Final Cut Pro X,” Taylor writes. “It has come a long way in its first three years.”

“Final Cut Pro X is having the birthday, but as FCPX editors, we should soon be receiving some presents, wrapped in a feature update,” Taylor writes. “I’m sure that the FCPX team has some surprises in store for us.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. I have been using FCP since version 1.1, and I personally think FCP X is an excellent application. It’s easy to learn and use, it’s fast to use, and it doesn’t have a 10 year old UI.

  2. I use a number of edit programs and find FCPX to be very elegant, fast, and easy to use. It took a few short projects to get my head around the different dynamic but now it’s my fav. I use it to edit the Driven car review segments I produce for The New York Times. I’ve found that the people that diss it have never even looked at it. Too bad, it’s their loss.

  3. What child is this? — Unloved at birth, stunted and hairless, amniotic glistening, helpless at the outset; shunned by foster parents fixed in past comfort — this child of late hath acquired girth, charm, and grace. What gifts may time confer upon one, whilst concealing them from another. [F. Nightingale, apoc.]

  4. Sadly, FCP X still us simply not usable for broadcast editing period.
    It’s just not an all in one solution like 7 was, and can’t things easily like 8 channels of duel mono audio, mxf files, closed captioning, and my much more without insane 3rd party work arounds. Nobody uses it in the film industry or for broadcast spots. The Audio interface is the most silly. Gild like thing about it and requires silly exports to do any professional audio editing. Fcp x marked apples insane idea to give up on the professional community. Apple is not the industry standard for ANY pro application. Name one. Fcpx marked the beginning of the product slide that we’ve been in for three years. I hope they fix Fcp x. But every pro editor I know went to premiere or avid. Don’t bother disputing this. You’ll just be wrong. Apple. Please fix Fcp X.

    1. John is right.
      FCPX is as irrelevant to creatives as iWork is to corporations.
      It is Pixelmator vs Photoshop. Aperture vs Lightroom.
      I don’t care how many downloads they claim, how good it is or how many warm fuzzy comments they get in the forums.
      Ask anyone in broadcasting. Apple is done in the creative space, end of debate.
      And they’re STILL not listening.

  5. I’ve used a mix of Final Cut X and Premier. I use Motion quite a bit also. IMO Motion is the biggest steal in the industry. $50 and it’s a great compositor.

    The problem with FCPX is that there’s no sever or network version of be software and to my knowledge there’s no way to even do collaborative editing. This isn’t a big deal for the stand alone free lance creatives but for an office of 10 creatives I would probably recommend a solution from Avid because they’ve done a great job with their server client. Collaborative post production work is so simple with Avid.

  6. I am just coming to terms with Pro X and, after a week or two of frustration, I am getting the hang of it. My biggest bugbear at the moment is not really a Pro X thing, but the OS/X regime of writing changes immediately – so everything you do in Pro X is a destructive edit – not on the original media, but on your assembled sequence. Pro X does make frequent backups, but it is a loss of control. On a high end Mac Pro it is blindingly fast – and I think I will come to like Pro X. There are lots of helpful fans in the user community and their advice has helped me a great deal in the tricky transition from FCP 7.

    I don’t have a need for 8 track audio so I can’t comment on the issues raised by others. But it’s Apple doing what they do – making things easier for their users, even if it makes things long-winded for pro users. How to write a video at a suitable size for a web page, for instance, is not readily apparent – I ended up “sharing” by email to get a size I could live with. I would hope that I could export at the exact size I want, without creating an email, but this sort of candy-floss approach is bound to put the professionals off. You don’t “share” a news bulletin, or a scene from a film in production.

    Perhaps Apple will remove the “Pro” designation in the base product, and the candy floss from a future “Pro” version, and then everyone will be happy…

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