Author Archives: Chris Kenny

How unclear use of language has caused two weeks of panic about FCP X

Over the last two weeks, a huge amount of grief and panic has been caused by imprecise use of language. Specifically, the definition of the word “pro” that has been implicitly adopted in the pro vs. consumer FCP X conversation, … Continue reading

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On risk, failure, and the future of Final Cut Pro

(The title of this post is shamelessly derived from the Creative Cow forum post that inspired me to write it.) For reasons I’ve already laid out at extensive length, I am entirely convinced that Apple does not intend to abandon … Continue reading

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Getting inside the magnetic timeline’s head

I’ve seen a lot of hatred toward Final Cut Pro X’s new magnetic timeline over the last nine days. I’m increasingly coming to believe it’s all a big misunderstanding. Most of the resentment of the magnetic timeline, as far as … Continue reading

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Final Cut Pro X critical feature update

Six days ago, I identified what I believed were the four major features that prevented FCP X from being integrated into high-end editing environments. They were: A way to export sequence data. More audio exporting features. Support for third-party I/O … Continue reading

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Breaking: Final Cut Pro X is an Apple product

I mention this because some people are acting as if they are unaware of this fact. What are the three major complaints about the FCP X rollout? The first release is missing some features that conventional industry wisdom would consider … Continue reading

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The “FCP X is not a pro app” narrative

So, the emerging narrative among a certain subset of the Internet post production community is that Final Cut Pro X isn’t a ‘pro’ app. But I’ve seen a lot of Internet firestorms around Apple product announcements over the years. I’ve … Continue reading

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Is Python the future of Final Cut Pro X workflow?

So, this is a little more geeky than is normal even for this blog, but I ran the Unix ‘strings’ command on the Final Cut Pro X binary. This command tries to extract things that look like bits of human-readable … Continue reading

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A ‘pro’ app with missing features

Well, the “It’s not a pro app!” freak-outs have started. The only real surprises for me, in terms of feature omissions, are support for video I/O cards and XML exporting. I expected those things to be there from day one, … Continue reading

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“The Bleeding House” premieres at Tribeca

The Bleeding House (formerly County Road K), on which we provided digital dailies, workflow support, and color grading, is currently showing at Tribeca, and being distributed by Tribeca Film. Produced by Will Battersby, Tory Tunnell and Per Melita, directed by … Continue reading

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The end of project files?

Take a look at this little section of the Final Cut Pro X user interface: I think this post over in the Creative Cow forums correctly identifies this as a mechanism for switching between multiple open sequences. That should allay … Continue reading

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