I'll start off by saying that FCP X has grown in to a very capable editing program. There's very little you can't do with it and for projects that involve a main story line with some add-on b-roll and audio clips added where needed FCP X can pretty much do the job. It's (relatively) fast and editing can be slick.
Unfortunately, it's not the perfect editor for everyone. If you have lots of multi cam & multiple audio sources that run for long periods in parallel, and you want to edit between those audio clips over a long period of time (say an hour or so) and need to expand the audio in the timeline to see the keyframes etc then the interface is still too clunky. If you want to see just ONE large audio track while keeping the others small - you CAN'T. you have to expand them ALL, and this makes the timeline rediculously large and unwieldy.
This means that FCP X is not good as an 'events' editor with lots of cameras and lots of audio.
While you could argue that you should take the audio in to another program for editing, you didn't / don't need to in other apps, like FCP7, Premiere Pro, Avid etc, so this and the lack of a visible audio mixer with meters is the one thing that really lets FCP X down for me.
Also, the lack of ability to customise the user interface is a major PITA. Clearly Apple programmers (or the people directing them) don't use their own software on large projects where multiple screens are needed so you can see more of the world. I hate having to keep moving the centre bar between the project and the viewer just to get more real estate when I'm much rather just move things across two or three monitors and have all the real estate I want.
I'm also not a fan of the colour brick. I still like the 3 way colour correctors with everything visible at the same time. I don't want to have to tab between colour & exposure, they should all be right there. Think of Colorista II for example - everything right there.
On the positive side, the way they implemented secondaries is much better than other NLEs and goes some way towards negating the need for external colouring apps (e.g. Apple Color, Resolve, etc), but again, I'd like to be able to move things to a different monitor and have more screen space to do this stuff in.
I want to see more than one scope at a time. Please? Pretty please? Is that so much to ask?
In terms of the magnetic time line... it does what it says I like the way things move out of the way, although it's introduced some interesting quicks, like not being able to add cross fades between audio unless you create secondary story lines, which is an extra couple of steps, or you have to manually grab the handles to add cross fades on each clip manually. Clunky at best.
I know that Apple no longer like CDs, DVDs Blu-rays, so it's not surprising they removed all support for chapters etc. However, since I still delivery a lot of content for DVD production this also gets in my way. Not a problem for TV programs or films destined for theatres or the web.
I also like the way you tell FCP X to import your media and it goes ahead and copies it to your folder, automatically creating ProRes 422 or Prores Proxy files for you, and that you can switch between HQ and Proxy workflows with a single click, but to call those imports 'background' is a laugh. 'Background' should mean it happens while you are doing other things, so you can get on and edit right away. However, as soon as you begin skimming clips in the project the imports PAUSE and don't resume until you stop working. C'mon, that's not background at all!
Also, if for any reason you have to quit before it's finished copying the media you basically lose anything not yet copied. It doesn't seem capable of picking up where it left of. This has happened to me several times.
All in all, FCP X is 'getting there' and for many people it now does absolutely everything they need, but for others it's still a little clunky and still needs some workflow optimisations. Hopefully Apple will make it happen.
Last edited by David Partington; 07-22-2012 at 01:02 PM.
Mainly use Mac : FCPX & Motion, Premiere Pro & AfterEffects, Resolve, Logic etc
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