Friday, June 24, 2011

Final Cut Pro X Information & Resources

Installation Advice
Apple recommends that you install Final Cut Pro X on a separate partition to Final Cut Studio (2009) but they also give advice if you want to install them on the same drive:
Apple: Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: Installation best practices

Final Word on Final Cut Pro 7 Projects?
Chris Messineo emailed Randy Ubillos about Final Cut Pro X, and got back a reply about the state of project imports:
FCP7 projects do not have enough information in them to properly translate to FCPX (in FCP7 all of the clip connections live in the editor's head, not in the timeline). We never expected anyone to switch editing software in the middle of a project, so project migration was not a priority.

Final Cut Pro X 1.0 is the beginning of a road, not the end.
DVXUser: Email Exchange with Randy Ubillos, FCP X Designer

A First Look at FCPX
In this podcast, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at the new Final Cut Pro X and covers some of the basics to get up and running.
CreativeCOW: FCPX - Kicking the Tires - Lesson 1

Using Final Cut Pro X
David Battistella used Final Cut Pro X to edit a short project and posted it. He explains what he did.
CreativeCOW: First Cut with the New Final Cut

David Pogue Answers Some Questions About Missing Features
David Pogue [some people think with help from Apple -Ed] answers some of the many questions/complaints about Final Cut Pro X in this very extensive follow-up to his original first look at Final Cut Pro X.
Complaint: No ability to pause or fork the Autosave. Final Cut Pro autosaves your work as you go. Editors complain, therefore, that they can’t save different versions of a project as they go along.

Answer: You can duplicate your project at any time, thus freezing it in its current condition. Just click it in the Project Library and choose File -> Duplicate Project.
NewYorkTimes: Professional Video Editors Weigh In on Final Cut Pro X

Richard Harrington has posted his own extensive response to David's post, which is well worth reading: My Response to David Pogue’s  “Professional Video Editors Weigh In on Final Cut Pro X”

Most Asked Questions
Still haven't had your questions about Final Cut Pro X answered? They might be in here:
Will the magnetic timeline mess up track layouts for dialog, effects, and music?
Yes, it will. There is no good way around this.
Masteringfilm: The Most Asked Questions About Final Cut Pro X

Rolling Shutter Test
Scott Simmons has posted a test he did of the Rolling Shutter correction.
As you can see it does a good job of getting rid of the skew but the bump that happens makes it mostly unusable. Trying to stabilize it as well made it just a bunch of garbage. Try as I might I couldn't get the bump out
Vimeo: Final Cut Pro X rolling shutter correction test

Making The Switch Easier
Eric Wise provides tips for making a smoother transition to Final Cut Pro X:
5) Creating iteration workarounds. Since you can’t iterate your project progress now that sequences are gone in FCP X, you’ll have to create a workaround. To freeze the state of the project before you move on to the next stage, do a “Save as”. Use your existing naming convention but make sure the project version number is in the suffix
MasteringFilm: 8 Ways to Make the Leap Easier to FCP X

WebVideoChefs is offering a "Getting Started with Final Cut Pro X" webinar on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Register here: GotoMeeting webvideoChefs

Video Tutorials
Web Video Chefs has started posting some tutorial videos:
Vimeo: How to do a cross dissolve in Final Cut Pro X
Vimeo: How to Sync DSLR Footage with Final Cut Pro X

Dan Allen has also started posting a series of tutorial videos:
YouTube: Final Cut Pro X Basics Tutorial Pt. 1 - Auditioning Clips
YouTube: Final Cut Pro X Basics Tutorial Pt. 2 - Color Correcting / Grading
YouTube: Final Cut Pro X Basics Tutorial Pt. 3 - Precision Editor
YouTube: Final Cut Pro X Basics Tutorial Pt. 4 - Working with Gap Media

Larry Jordan has posted parts of his training online too (from his paid training series):
YouTube: Getting Started: Explore the New Interface of Final Cut Pro X - Larry Jordan
YouTube: An Editing Workflow that Works in Final Cut Pro X - Larry Jordan (preview)

CoreMelt Annoyed at Apple
CoreMelt is obviously not that happy with Apple, posting on their website:
Unfortunately, Apple choose not to give us any information about plugin support in FCP X prior to it's release today (22/6/11). We would like to support FCP X as quickly as possible, but until we have examined the work involved in detail we are unable to commit to any timescale for FCP X support.
then go on to say:
However, let's be blunt, if you are a professional editor that works with R3D or other RAW formats, tape based ingest, has a hardware I/O board (BlackMagic, Kona or Matrox) or needs XML to work with RedCine X or to import from other editors, then FCP X is not yet for you. I suggest you read these article's on Creative Cow which lays out the many areas of FCP X that still need developing:
And link to Walter Biscardi's "What Missing for some pros" article for good measure!
Coremelt: CoreMelt & Final Cut Pro X

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