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Apple does the iteration thing with FCP X

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3, with multicam, what looks like better chroma keying than FCP 7 ever had, better XML support (including moving primary color grades to third-party apps like Resolve) media relinking, layered PSD support, and … Continue reading

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The magnetic timeline and reasonable defaults

Over the last few weeks, I’m sure I’ve seen the magnetic timeline called ‘non-professional’ in hundreds of blog posts, forum messages and tweets. The logic seems to be that it’s designed to make it easier to edit, but in the … Continue reading

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Why Apple is worth defending

In various forum discussions over the last two weeks, I’ve been asked how I can defend Apple. People can’t understand how someone can simultaneously admit that Final Cut Pro X is, at present, largely useless to the market segment his … Continue reading

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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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