This is an up-date to my Final Cut X post from a few weeks ago. If you have followed the news, you have seen a firestorm of mixed comments about this release, some of which slam Apple on the whole for this release and the pending release of the new OS, Lion. While I do think there are a few short falls in the new version of Final Cut, by and large it is positive move for Final Cut and a positive change for Apple. I, for one, like the ability to update/upgrade my software with a click rather than a trip to the apple store or dealing with and waiting for a delivery. Change is sometimes hard to swallow, and I feel that this is where most of the negative reviews come from: When a program is completely overhauled, there are bound to be missteps and omissions. Just look a Microsoft—they are still attempting to regain the success of the XP program and continue to come up short.
Apple is committed to the added remedies to FCP X, and I’m sure they will follow through in short order. Most of the disparaging comments I have read are bogus and untrue about missing pieces to the program. They are there (just in different places) and have improved functionality. The most unfavorable things said about FCP X claim that “it’s just iMovie on steroids” and that Apple has abandoned the pro market for the YouTube generation. To the first point, the look of the interface is more like iMovie with the layout and the colors applied to the windows, but the functions are not changed. You will just have to spend a little time adjusting. Again, the change thing comes hard to some. The second point about the abandonment of the pros, I’m not surprised to hear this. Only recently have Indie films really made headway in the market, and much of this is due to the digital video revolution. A very big part of this is due to Final Cut. Since its introduction 10 years ago, it has made great headway and is now the number one program used in the industry. So if it’s now cheaper and easer to use, I guess that would create a threat to the old guard. So the point is not the abandonment of the pro market, but rather more competition. What once took hundreds of thousands of dollars, now can be done on a shoestring budget. So the talent, the creativity, and the independence of those once blocked out by the money machine can shine on their own.
So, all in all, I say take the plunge and start the process of adding these tools to your bag. In my humble opinion it’s where we are all going, so get off the bench and step up your skills. Who knows where the next Spielberg will come from—maybe it’s you!