I know 1 easy thing you can do to make your next home movie far more entertaining.
No. Not right now. I mean when you’re shooting.
Don’t sit in one spot while your kid opens every birthday gift. Get up and change your perspective with the camera.
In fact, every time you press the stop button- get up and…
- Change the distance between the camera and the subject
- Change the angle your viewing the subject from (move left or right at least 5 feet)
There. That wasn’t so hard.
The part is now you’ll have a video that’s already watchable- no editing necessary.
(Unless you rolled camera on every blessed second that your three year old spent unwrapping her gifts. You may still want to edit that down.)
Apple unveiled the much anticipated Final Cut Pro X last night in Las Vegas.
I’m going to reserve my personal opinion until the end of this article.
First, here’s the cool stuff that will make this product a must-have for Mac owners that want to have editing tools like the pros.
- Kickstart your project with advanced technology Unique to Final Cut Pro X
- Begin editing while the software imports and transcodes your source footage.
- Use advanced image analysis to help sort your footage into categories for you- a huge time saver.
- Have the option to automatically remove camera shake and/or audio hiss from your source footage
- True resolution independence.
- Mix and match several different types of video and still imagery together without worrying about their technical compatability. (A lot of words- This means that your stuff will just play when you hit the “play” button)
- Intuitive Interface
- Final Cut pro has always been favored by professional editors who appreciate a nice elegant interface. This new version takes all that to a new level with more advanced gestural tools that will let you work the way you want to.
- Automatically keeps footage in sync with “Clip Connection.”
- keep track of different versions easily with new Auditioning tools
- Easily view the media outside of your edit points without leaving timeline with new “Inline Precision Editor”
- Use “Compound Clips” to combine groups of smaller clips into subsequences- Very useful to simplify complicated sequences.
- Full Hardware Integration
- Under the hood of your mac- know that all your cylinders will be firing to keep the editing software running smooth.
- Use all available memory and processors that are on your system.
- Render in the background while you continue to work.
- Will run on your computer with practically no configuration problems or issues. (I’m speculating, but this software was written from the ground up to run on your mac- no matter what the configuration.)
- Selling on the App Store in june for $299- it will be hard to pass up.
- You’ll be in good company. Even though FCP products have long been maligned in my industry as being less-than-professional- Apple has 60% of the professional market share. It’s here to stay- and at this new price- you’ll find that there will be no shortage of people that can help you learn how to use this software shortly after its release.
So… What does an editor of 20 years think about the new Final Cut Pro?
I’m excited that I will be able to buy this software for my own use at home. For a price of $299, I think every pro editor with a Mac at home will be very tempted to make this purchase.
However, I’m pretty underwhelmed with the information Apple has leaked out about it so far.
I realize there’s a lot of time before the actual release date- and there’s much that was not talked about. But I really had hoped that Apple would have listened more to their loyal user base, and had addressed the day-to-day problems we have all been voicing.
If there’s a “Pro” in the title of any editing software – it really should be capable of making frame accurate edits onto any professional editing deck. The current version of FCP cannot do this reliably, and I really want to know that Apple has fixed that kind of basic problem.
As Apple has left it in Las Vegas, we really don’t know all that much about the nuts and bolts of how the new version was built.
I will reserve my opinion for after I’ve played around with the software for a good while.
If you’re a prosumer or hobbyist- I think you can’t lose. Final Cut Pro X will be a huge step up from whatever editing package you currently have.
If you’re a professional editor- please reserve judgment until we can get our grubby little tv hands on it.