Will You Buy Final Cut Pro X for Aperture?
I have now gone through every bit of marketing that Apple has provided, and have added EDIT points to my original notes below.
Final Cut Pro X was released yesterday, without a whole lot of fanfare from Apple (it’s not even on their front page). Judging from the reviews it’s not being well received, however if you dig into the litany of 1-star reviews, and compare those to the climbing number of 5-star reviews, it’s easy to understand why. It appears that Apple has left out several critical features to this entirely new version of Final Cut Pro, such as multicam (critical for episodic TV editing, music videos, and more) [EDIT: I wonder if the “Audition” feature can replace this?], real-time adding of markers on playback (music videos), dual display support (any serious editor) [EDIT: this feature is shown on the Final Cut Pro X website, so it must be supported], video-out support (any serious editor) [EDIT: I have to believe this is due to 3rd-party drivers needing updating, which undoubtedly will happen], and most shockingly, no support for importing Final Cut Pro 7 projects (?!?!). For the existing, serious/professional Final Cut editor, this “upgrade” is far from. Yes there are some great new features in there (magnetic timeline, easy color matching, clip auditions, and much more), but when you take the wheels off the car, even a million dollar Bugatti can’t get you to the grocery store.
[EDIT: I don’t dispute that there are many features missing that pros rely on. But I also have to say that, assuming Apple’s marketing is honest, there are some seriously cool new features that solve many, many problems and challenges that every editor is unfortunately used to working around. The magnetic timeline may seem “cute”, but (again, if it works as advertised), could be a massive time saver. Automatic syncing of dual audio sources, color matching clips, ability to edit native clips while they’re still on the SD card (?!?!), range-based keywords (yes an iMovie feature, but a very nice one), retiming of groups of clips together, placeholders, always-saved projects, audio fade handles that move as you trim clips, and more. Sometimes, the benefits outweigh the downfalls. Could this be one of those times? For most users, I think it may be. Maybe. We’ll see… I have a lot of hours on the timeline ahead of me!]
For the readers of this site though, most of you are probably not professional video editors. So all those missing features are not all that missing after all. And if you’re an iMovie user, looking to get a bit more out of your video productions, then this could be a fantastic upgrade. At only $299 it’s much more affordable than Final Cut Studio ever was, and it goes way beyond what you could do with Final Cut Express. Aperture users will be able to make insanely cool slide shows with Final Cut Pro X, if they want to invest the time to learn it and of course to edit their masterpiece. Most of our dSLRs shoot video now, and while Aperture can manage those videos, it doesn’t let you do much with them. But with Final Cut Pro X — a whole new world of editing, color grading and sound design is suddenly accessible — and easier than ever before.
I’d love to know what you think. Take the poll and comment below!
There’s also an article on MacCreate, geared more towards the professional user and what this new release means for them. Definitely worth reading.