Originally Posted by AppleInsider
"Some fundamental differences of opinion about the ideal interface have hamstrung this part of the project which has now been deferred to the next version, in 2013," the report said.
Oh, I can imagine half of the group getting comfy, like "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Why should we change what's working?"
While the other half goes "Hey, we haven't come to this position by thinking like that!"
. Then there's a lonely developer from the previous Shake team speaking to himself "Node based... whatever the UI we make it's gotta rival node based GUIs."
only go get slapped in response by "Well, Node-based UIs may be unrivalled in flexibility and control, but Steve Jobs doesn't like it..."
. "Ehm... Colors is node based..."
, "Yeah, well... not anymore.. haven't you heard?"
. Then some proud Motion team leader goes crazy "We made Motion to what it is today. The best post production software on the planet. You can make a professional orbital camera swipe by just slapping a behaviour onto anything. The whole suite needs professional "behaviours"
. The following cold silence in the room speaks for itself... A distant cough followed by "Are you nuts!"
can be heard by down the hall by a concept artist not part of the meeting...Final Cut Pro
- There HAS to be a "Render-to-screen" workflow as well as the current "render-to-codec-to-screen". It would save A LOT of time and improve the "realtime flow".
- The timeline and audio is dated, inefficient and boring.
- Both audio filters and audio control is a joke. It's ancient, inefficient lacks overview and control.
- H.264 editing is possible on an iPhone, but not decently on a Mac Pro. Streamlined H.264 editing with "Render-to-screen" mode and presumptive keyframe buffering to ensure playback is needed to offer a modern work flow with professional AVC, and dSLR cameras.
- Motion and Filter control is a joke. The whole window is so poorly organized. In fact, it's never been good.Bottom line: Final Cut Pro is decent for just editing video, but everything else is poor.Motion:
- It lacks professional control and overview. I don't even know what it's meant for? Making cool TV show vignettes with pre-scripted behaviours? I tried to like it many times, but it just isn't very useful.
- Motion needs to be canned, and Shake reinstated and developed to take on the battle with Nuke, or whatever is considered the best post production today. Shake was Low CPU - Precise controls - great overview; the precise opposite of Motion.
- They really shouldn't abandon Node based UI, but rather evolve it. It's the most versatile solution for a lot of post production purposes.Bottom line: It's clumsy. It's like using finger paint when you need a scalpel. It's just fundamentally wrong.Soundtrack Pro:
- Why does it even exist? Because the audio environment in FCP sucks. I think they should rather go to the bottom of what's wrong and make a great audio environment within FCP itself instead of sending the trouble to another program. For deeper and more creative audio editing use Logic. Everyone I know that is serious about Soundtrack pro is hating it.Bottom line: FPC needs a complete overhaul on the audio department, to eliminate the need for Soundtrack Pro.Color:
- It is very powerful, showing great results, and pretty good performance too.
- I'm not too fond of having to send footage here and there, to render it, and send it back. I feel like there's a generation loss every time I do so, and building up huge files in order to secure the 2nd generation quality.
- I think just the basic color grading should be available in FCP as well. The result is MUCH better than with "color 3-way". I thought it was the same.. but not when looking at the results.Bottom line: great quality.Compressor:
- Dude... it's exporting slower than iMovie for iPhone 4. What's up?
- The scaling engine is pretty bad. Too blurry.
- There are STILL strange pauses and beachball moments, after years of development.
- Does the preview window even work? I feel I can't trust it.
- The UI I'd say is good. Good overview, and workflow.Bottom line: For once the UI is good. But poor performance.DVD Studio Pro:
- Author QuickTime with Embedded menus, subtitles and multiple audio tracks - ready for the iTunes store or AppleTV.Bottom line: Apple has a vision for video now more than ever. Why not pursue it with DVD-studio pro?
To sum up. Sorry guys.. but don't listen to the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." people. It really IS broke.. and it is in urgent need of fixing. The whole suite has an overall poor overview and UI that rather gets in the way, than helping me get things done. A lot of what's under the hood is good, but the presentation is not living up to Apple's standards.
Sorry for taking up space here.. I shall now go and post this on Apple's feedback forms.