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Ramblings on Final Cut Pro X

Well it's been a week and I thought I'd best post some thoughts on the somewhat botched launch of Final Cut Pro X

Reader Comments (5)

Hey Don,
Thanks for the review - i did notice however at the 1:14 - 1:15 minute mark sounds like you ran over someone? :)

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Meyers


For the most part for web content producers FCPX will be good enough - especially as it matures from a 1.0 release. I do think Apple really missed a good opportunity with high-end users. The goodwill towards this group has been seriously damaged. It's not so much the release and it's features/benefits list, but rather how they went about it. Killing FCP7 and it's suite of companion products was a bad move. Does Apple care? Probably not. Philip Hodgetts, Pat Inhofer, Chris Fenwick and I talked about this yesterday on my podcast and I think we pretty much came to the same conclusion as you have here.

Will I used FCPX going forward? Sure. It's great for what I do. Will I do it right away? No. As with any 1.0 release I'll experiment and explore a bit first. But I will use it, and likely will embrace it. One thing that isn't mentioned much is what a steal and bargain Motion 5 is. When you look at FCPX & Motion 5 as a package, the value goes way up.

I do feel the pain of the high-end users and post-houses. I was raised up to be nice, and so I wince when I see a company like Apple not treat it's customers with respect. Yea, I know, corporations mostly have no heat. I'm just glad I'm not so dependent on the workflow features that they depend on.

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Olson


Love your screencasts, but I strongly dislike the driving video blogs...while it's cool that you can record video on your iPhone while driving, there's no added value for the viewer. You could just as easily record only the audio and transcribe it to text for blog posting. It's the classic "my time is more important than yours" problem, where both supplier and consumer share that same, single perspective. This also happens to be one of my pet peeves with podcasts in general: lots of time spent listening for the few nuggets of interest that could helpfully be distilled by editing.

Having said all that, I realize that you are investing your time and expertise for not much in return, except some crabby comments. As one course instructor told me: "it's just feedback, use it or ignore it, as you see fit".

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScreenCast Fanboy

Interesting to hear your thoughts Don. I purchased it a few days ago but due to University commitments not had a chance to play properly yet.

I think it would be worth you doing a screencast on Motion 5 as it is so cheap and a wonderful tool which could be a useful add on for iMovie users regardless if they move to Final Cut Pro.


June 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersammoj

Who did you run over at 1:14? lol

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

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