Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Final Cut Pro X Information & Resources 6

Larry Jordan at the London SuperMeet
MacVideo has posted clips of Larry Jordan talking about Final Cut Pro X at the London SuperMeet last week.
"Apple released Final Cut Pro X, and you would have thought that people's children were being kidnapped."
Larry gives quite a spirited defense of Final Cut Pro X; though he notes the limitations and his complaints, and remember this happened just two days after the release.
MacVideo: London SuperMeet: Final Cut Pro X (parts 1 & 2)

Larry continues to update his free video training clips: YouTube: LarryJordanFCP

Update On Gamma Issue
Chris Marquardt updates a gamma issue he was seeing with video played in Final Cut Pro X's viewer window:
Thanks to a comment from jhazelbaker and some more experimentation, it's now clearer what caused the issue. Apparently FCP X does indeed honor ICC display profiles... as long as they are ICC version 2. Profiling your display with an X-Rite ColorMunki, which is what I use, will by default create a v4 ICC profile that apparently gets interpreted in the wrong way by Final Cut Pro X. Other applications such as Adobe Lightroom don't show this issue, which lets me assume that it is an FCP X bug.
ChrisMarquard: Final Cut Pro X - wrong gamma in viewer? [updated]

Multi-angle editing
Bill Savage demos how to do an edit with multiple angles in the timeline. Though it's billed as a multi-cam work-around, it's not "multi-cam" the way Final Cut Pro 7 let you do it. In FCP7 you can set up the clips, then start playing the sequence and "switch" from one angle to another while it's playing; in other words, switching on the fly; just like they do with live broadcasting!

I should add that I always edit my multi-camera stuff the way Bill demos; I tried multi-cam once and didn't like how slow it was (perhaps a limitation of my hardware, but one that I couldn't afford to fix.)
YouTube: How To Multi Cam Edit in Final Cut Pro X

Using the iPad as an external Monitor
It's rather slow and buggy, but Daniel Freytag tried using the App Air Display - Avatron Software, Inc. to attach the iPad as an external monitor to use with Final Cut Pro X. It sort of worked.
DanielFreytag: Working with the iPad and Final Cut Pro X

Moving Away From Tape
Dan Sollis thinks that Final Cut Pro X moving away from tape may prompt production houses to move away from tape too:
Right now the reason broadcasters insist on tape (expensive proprietary formats like HD-CAM SR) is that it gives them a standard baseline to receive final material in. If an open-source, standardised format could be agreed on, we'll all be able to move away from tape forever.
I doubt Final Cut Pro X will have the effect directly. Also, while tape is a pain, it remains inexpensive and easily archiveable.
therealmegapuppy: Final Cut Pro X and moving on from tape

As much as I want to love #FCPx, it's constant crashing, losing my work & of course the omissions we all know of led me to request a refund.

What's Missing For Pros?
Walter Biscardi posted an article at CreativeCOW a couple of days ago.Final Cut Pro X: What's Missing for Some Pros
There's now an extensive collection of responses to the post: CreativeCOW: Final Cut Pro X: What's Missing for Some Pros : Comments

What About Final Cut Server?
Mark Davis notes the concern - amongst some - about the end of Final Cut Server:
So why did Apple kill Final Cut Server?  According to Steve Jobs, “hardly anyone was buying it”.  Perhaps more tellingly, we have seen reports that Final Cut Pro X does not work with shared media or SAN's. The footage has to be local.  We’re not sure if this is true, and are trying to confirm this with Apple, but that could provide the real explanation behind Apple’s surprise move.
He suggests that those looking for media management systems to move to Avid (though Walter Biscardi says Adobe!)
Scenios: RIP: Final Cut Server

BTW, nothing we showed tonight works with FCP X — yet. Because, after all, neither do you
@5tu [Tweeting after Red Giant announces new software]

Those That Went Before
Marco Solorio lists the many pro applications that Apple has killed over the years, starting with Shake:
This really should have been the first hint that Apple didn’t have a huge interest in the pro apps market. Why they initially bought them out in the first place, I do not know. Even worse, why they EOL’ed an awesome app like Shake is even more strange to me. It’s as if Apple became the black hole of pro apps software—they buy it and kill it.
From what I can see, Apple buys programs like that to take the high-end features and integrate them into their "consumer" applications. The steadicam feature added to Motion, Final Cut and iMovie came from Shake I believe.
OneRiverMedia: Is the trust for Apple gone for good?

Lens Flare Plug-in
motionVFX has posted a demo of mFlare, a lens flare plugin for FCPX & Motion 5 which will be available "soon." The demo includes before and after footage at the end.
Vimeo: motionVFX mFlare promo 02

The Professional Press Takes Notice of Petition

Dealing With It
Jeff Uemura defends Final Cut Pro X; it does everything he needs, though he also admits:
Does Fast Horse need any of this? No. We shoot on one Canon 5DMKII. I won’t miss multicam and won’t have much use for it when it gets re-implemented as a free update. The day a Fast Horse shoot gets so big we have to have an XML document to organize the footage is the day I recommend we open Fast Horse Filmworks and start producing feature films.
 fasthorseinc: Dr. Strangesplice Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Final Cut Pro X

View From Around The Web
Though the title is "Apple Gets Justified Smackdown," this article by Michael Comeau seems to find the middle ground:
I spent several hours over the weekend trying to figure out exactly what Final Cut Pro X’s deal is, and why so many people hate it. I recommend that you avoid doing the same, because deciphering the ramblings of disgruntled video editors is an exercise in pain, if nothing else.
Minyanville: Apple Gets Justified Smackdown as Final Cut Pro X Goes Under Fire

A letter of clarification from Apple - not really
Ian Betteridg imagines a letter from Apple:
...if the feature you need isn’t there, we’d like you to know that we’re working hard to add in the key tools our professional customers know and love, and meanwhile we’re going to continue selling and supporting Final Cut Pro 7 until at least the end of 2012.
Technova: How Apple could fix Final Cut Pro X, in 187 words

Switching To Adobe

We are here to compete...
Steve Forde, Product Manager for AE at Adobe makes a powerful non-comment about the release of Final Cut Pro X:
To all those asking me for comment on the launch of FCPX, I have none. What right do I have to publicly comment on the hard work any vendor does in creating software and bringing it to market?

What I CAN comment on is our software and how we bring it to market. Adobe has and will continue to focus on EARNING the right to be your tools of choice as you tell your story, and deliver professional content. We know that not all is perfect, but we will LISTEN, engage in dialogue and constantly improve our software. We will also innovate in ways that will continue to streamline workflow and unlock creative potential.

In short – we are here to compete for your business, and we believe we can win.
sforde.blogs.adobe: We are here to compete

Adobe's Video Market Share
Don't let it be said that Adobe is going to miss a chance to beat on Apple. John Nack offers statistics for Adobe's marketshare:
Adobe’s Professional Video business grew 22% year-over-year (compared to Apple’s stated 15% growth in pro video). The video industry on the whole grew on average of 7% year over year.
jnack.blogs.adobe: Notes on Adobe video market share

More Humor

See also: Final Cut Pro X Information & Resources 5

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