FCPx updated today … slipped in almost unnoticed was a very major update to what is re-emerging as a very powerful editing tool. I’ve not had time to work through the parts but here is a link to MacWorld that sets out the high points.
If you are a more dedicated user and not already there pint your browser at FCP.co and bookmark that great resource. My other suggestion is not free but worth every penny Steve an the crew at Ripple Training have tons of tutorials. He was my Train the Trainer instructor at Apple and I very much like his approach to software training.
So Amid the hoopla of a iPad mini (viewed via AppleTV which was cool) we have a major update to a sleeper software. There are still editors who have written FCPx off as iMove Plus, are hanging on to FCP v.7 as if some holy grail or moved to CS6 and never looked back. Perhaps now is a good time to turn around for a minute.
Hey, Adode’s CS6 collection is very cool and I’m getting pretty comfortable in Premiere and it’s feature rich environment. Wait tell students learn about the audio transcript link and Story. Mercury Playback Engine is outstanding, but don’t kid yourself about it being a unique native access tool, it aint.
What Adobe is really lacking is a fine tuned ingest system. Where is the method to archive original? Instead Adobe has this useless pig called Prelude that could function as a great DIT tool but is neither that nor a good interface to Media Encoder. I scratch my head about rough cut output to Premiere … huh … why not just mark up scenes in Premiere and pull the rough cut there? What’s the deal with Prelude.
Creative Sweet … from the company tauting “Dynamic Link” handing off between programs and then adds video editing to Photoshop. Because photographers are too lazy to open Premiere? Creative Suite is a huge tool with lots of ways to make media and collaborate I get that. My point is that you might not need all that ‘stuff’ to tell really great stories and don’t forget that Apple has had dynamic linkage because of the iWorks / iLife suite, sweet.
Dust off that FCPx download, attach your card reader and see how ingest can work. When your CF card shows up on import so does a tool to create camera archives and the ability to trans-code all in the same window, go figure, duh. I now have a copy of my camera original ‘.dmg’ed’ on my media drive in a folder that is easy to dupe off to media backup drive later, and a project folder with either trans-code, original or proxy files ready to rock. That is totally native interface editing and none of this dynamic hand off link stuff.
All is not milk and honey in FCPx land on the down side the the mark up of clips and story line editing is still alien to me, it works you just have to adjust your thinking about building an assembly. I understand that the ripple function as well as slip/slide are working better in the update. And there is Multi track audio controls. I guess my point would be that for a student, small production unit … DSLR laptop and a buddy … this might just be the best NLE you could own. Buy compressor it is totally worth the extra money … and you need encoding/transcoding more now than ever. Redcode Raw is on the update so multi K file handling is here and that isn’t iMovie work.
I’m still work in both Adobe and FCPx, heck I’ve started to poke at Avid again thanks to a great tutorial from Ripple Training. I’m gaining some love, well less hate, for that inelegant interface that is, admit it, the Movie Industry standard.
Don’t give up on finding the right tool for your workflow, just say’n. The argument for editing tools will last as long as editors have a choice, heck there is always some poor schmuck who answers Sony Vegas when you ask “what you work on” … is that really at v.12? … js