“When Final Cut Pro X first launched, surprisingly, it lacked several pro-level features that had been found in previous versions of the program — including multi-cam, XML importing, and external monitor support — causing an uproar in the user community,” Michael Muchmore writes for PC Magazine. “Those features have all since made their way back into the app, which has also added many new capabilities, including, in the latest version, powerful 3D titling.”
“One change that Apple has stuck with, however, is the abandonment of the traditional timeline track interface of its predecessors, a change that drove off a lot of video professionals,” Muchmore writes. “The company did this to take advantage of the more powerful hardware in newer Macs as well as to reimagine the craft of video editing. The result is a surprisingly powerful and (once you get the hang of it) easy to use application. It’s the best high-end video editing application for Mac users.”
“Some professional video editors have started seeing how innovations like Magnetic Timeline, Clip Connections, and Auditions (not to mention faster performance that takes advantage of modern CPUs) can make their jobs easier,” Muchmore writes. “For most users, the gains in Final Cut Pro X should far outweigh the hurdles to adoption. Final Cut Pro X offers loads of power, ease of use, and no-wait performance. Its nimble tools in a fluid, highly usable and precise interface make Final Cut Pro X our Editors’ Choice for high-end video editing on Macs.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Yup.
Is all the noise we’re hearing today really coming from Final Cut Pro users who still have their previous Final Cut version(s) and already know how to properly and rationally submit feedback to Apple?
Or is it coming from non-Final Cut Pro users who see the $299 writing on the wall and realize that they’ll soon very likely have to learn something dramatically new and different from outside their comfort zone? Apple’s previous Final Cut Pro versions have not stopped working, nor has Apple stopped work on FCP X – in fact, they’ve just started working with a paradigm-shifing, extremely strong and powerful foundation upon which to build. Have a minute of patience, please. I heard the same sort of whining when we went from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X and some had to be dragged kicking and screaming. People stopped crying over Mac OS 9 in short order, too.
Or do perhaps some editors feel a little bit threatened that “non-pro” users will be able to edit so well for so little? And/or perhaps it’s coming from Apple’s now price-demolished competition who simply cannot crunch their numbers and make them come out profitably if Apple is going to offer Final Cut Pro X for $299? – SteveJack, MacDailyNews, June 24, 2011
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