I don't want to come across as an Apple apologist nor to minimize the needs of the pros who depend on specific features or capabilities to do their job.
Rather, I am making this post to correct some incorrect "limitations" of FCPX.
Originally Posted by lucasway89
The number of comments of people so religiously defending Apple on these comments is hilarious, people who have no concept of a professional edit and saying things about how editors need to adapt and change their workflow when they have no idea of the difficulties and intricacies of a NLE workflow.
Other people have already covered things they left out like EDLs, OMFs etc... so I'll throw a few more into the pile.
My company is fairly small, we don't hand off projects to Protools, we don't use EDL's.. but there is still A LOT missing from this. We need total control over our media and FCPX does not provide that. I am an example that it is not just the people working in huge production houses that find this version unusable.
Example. We work off external storage like everyone else, we have a series of drives we use on a per-project basis.
With FCP7, when i first ingest footage I set up ALL my associated media, scratch disks, render files, autosaves, waveform cache etc to all go onto that one external drive, the project is 100% portable. Take the drive to another machine, boom, you're working.
FCPX, you can set where the duplicated media goes (note, you have to duplicate media from most formats or manually move the original native files to a location of your choice in the finder.
It supports less native files, we wrk with Canon XF and Sony XDCAM formats a lot and no support there, we would now have to convert to prores, prores is great, but the 270% increase in file size is not always worth it and takes time to re-encode.
Not all of the associated media now lies where I want..externally. The 'Events' and 'Projects' libraries sit on the /Movies drive of the BOOT drive. this is terrible practice and there is no way to change it.
The location of the Final Cut Projects and Final Cut Events folders can be on any drive you want -- I just created a project on an external drive and imported events (clips) from an 8GB AVCHD card (actually a HD backup of the AVCHD card on another drive).
The AVCHD import is no small accomplishment, as I never had to decompress the 8 BG AVCHD card into a 57 GB file -- taking storage and about 20 minutes. Rather, FCPX took about 20 seconds to decompress clip thumbnails. I could scrub/play through these and select only the clips (or partial clips) I wanted.
When you start FCPX it will look for folders named "Final Cut Projects" and "Final Cut Events":
-- in the Movies folder of the Boot drive
-- at the root level of every attached drive
You get a list of all the drives in the both the projects and events windows
So... there is literally no ay to move a project without copying those libraries and manually placing them in aid location on the new macine...then redoing when returning to the first machine.
THIS IS NOT A SMALL PROBLEM. This literally 100% knocks out my current workflow and the workflow of pretty much all Mid-High end FCP users.
So Media Management - Broken
If you unmount the external HDD, FCPX will work fine without access to projects or events on that drive.
Later, when you remount (reattach the drive) FCPX will find any projects and events.
Format support - Seriously weakened ("oh but we now support h.264"...great, anyone who edits in h.264 needs to have their FCP licence revoked)
Multi cam - This is huge, it is huge, I don't need to explain.
I don't use multicam, but I read where one FCPX user was able to approximate the FCP7 capability using FCPX collections.
I still don't understand all I know about FCPX collections, tagging, metadata, etc. -- but there is some fantastic capability to analyze clips and create collections.
For example FCPX can identify shots with:
-- no people
-- i person
-- a group of people (more than 1)
-- close up
-- far away
Single monitor display, lack of being able to arrange the workspace to fit the project...awful.
Trackless workflow. Now this is an interesting concept. but it makes doing serious sound mixes a lot more difficult and since they killed Soundtrack..what are we to do?
The list goes on.....
Don't get me wrong, there are some great new ideas in FCPX, it is very fast, it looks great the UI have some nice ways of working. but they have destroyed so much of the bread and butter that a professional editor needs that it is not an option.
"So just use FCP" A lot of you are saying...
Well, yes, that is exactly what I am having to do for the time being, but FCP7 is not 64bit, it doesn't support OpenGL or Grand central, it is sluggish and the reason people wanted an upgrade was for things like 64bit.
Also, with them now killing FCP7 and no longer selling it, how are we supposed to add edit stations and how long will FCP7 survive and we are forced to use FCPX (not possible..) or go elsewhere.
Those saying "people who bought on day 1 are not pros"... this is literally the stupidest thing I've ever heard, it is us pros who were so excited by this new FCP and want to try it out, I installed it alongside FCP7 on my personal machine, why would I not try it out?
For now I will continue to chug along with FCP7, fiddle around on FCPX and wait and see what Apple do but I can't see them listening to the outcries, they may add EDLs or OMF's and multicams they are the loudest cries, but there is a lot more missing that I just don't se them every doing.
I am mentally preparing for Premiere or Avid to potentially be starting to be used a lot more, but i hope not, I've used FCP for years and it is a great product...until now.
I hope you and others will take this post in the spirit it was written.
FCPX is missing many things that people need.
But, the initial impression that FCPX is missing this, or can't do that is often wrong -- because someone didn't know where to look, or that some things are done differently (maybe even better) than in FCP7.
Also, I believe that people will find that FCPX does a lot of things that they didn't know they needed, but can't live without -- the categorizing of clips with people, and the ability to change the color of 1 clip to match another, come to mind.
Give it a fair shot!