Originally Posted by Flaneur
It implies that the future of moving picture will be in everybody's hands now, not a centralized entertainment industry. FCP X is designed for the masses -- i think that is the implication.
Originally Posted by Conrail
That's fine. Wonderful actually. But does the centralized entertainment industry have a place in this glorious future? According to many on this board, Avid is stodgy and behind the times and Premiere is akin to Windows Movie Maker, and pros use FCP exclusively.
I consider myself more of a dilettante with video editing than a Prosumer.
I do videos for friends and family... often for my own amazement, or just because I want to find out and understand how something works, or how it's done.
I have lots of hours in FCP/FCS and sat through hours of tutorials, and manual reading, etc. -- with no formal education or experience with video editing.
I am technically oriented, not creative -- but when I see something creative, that grabs me
, I want to understand: "How can I do that?"
All that said! I realize that there there are pros out there that I could learn from -- learn a lot from!
But, the more I learn about video editing, it seems there are:
1) technicians, like me, who know their way around the tool they use -- some better than others
2) creatives that know to take raw media and juxtapose, combine and modify them in such a way that sets a mood; creates anticipation, grabs your attention and involves you
in their offering -- for lack of a better word, I call them story-tellers.
A simple analogy might be the comparison of a good typist to a good author...
But this isn't exactly complete, or a valid comparison.
A lot of the "creative" part of story telling comes from the producer who knows what he wants; the cameramen who shoot the actual footage; and finally the creative pro video editor / story teller. *
* this encompasses specialists in sound, coloring, effects, etc.
He is the one that turns the raw media into a composition that tells the story that was originally intended -- often using his own creativity to enhance the story beyond what was originally perceived.
To me the technicians, like myself, need to become proficient in the tools they use and be flexible to learn/use new tools as they become available -- or risk being left behind.
The creatives, do what they do, regardless (or in spite of) the tools they use -- they will always be in demand.
That's my 2 cents worth.
P.S. I want to learn story-telling. I believe there courses, at places like USC, that teach this.
Attending on-site college courses is not practical for me. Can anyone here recommend any good online courses in creative video editing and story-telling?
I know that this will not make me a "creative" -- but I would like to improve my video story-telling.
As an example of something that grabbed me (in the late 1940s and still does) -- here is a video of the Gillette Cavalcade of sports. The leadin is what grabs me -- the first 25 seconds where they show a divided TV screen with several sports playing at the same time: If you had TV in the 1940s, you watched this show -- it was one of the few shows available among hours of test patterns.Gillette Cavalcade of Sports - Boxing
Here is my 2009 FCP equivalent (the first 20 seconds or so):Gile ette Red Bulls 2009 Season
It took me days to figure out how to do that -- I had never done much compositing.
Actually, the hardest part was finding the music
FInally, my granddaughter is creative -- proficient in some parts of photography, GarageBand, the latest iMovie, She is playing with FCPX.
I can see her having a good career in this "field" -- if it interests her.