If you have not read the first part of this review on Apple’s Final Cur Pro X you can jump back and the read it here.
Let’s continue deeper into Apple’s new NLE, Final Cut Pro X (FCPX)
Audition is a another great feature added to FCPX. This tool feature basically allows me to preview and replace edits before I even replace it in the timeline, or what Apple now refers to as Story line. It reminds me of cover flow from iTunes but with video capabilities. I really liked the ability to preview an edit quickly before making the edit. By adding clips to Audition I am able to try out different cameras shots and angles of the same scene to see how it plays out.
In and Out points have basically stayed the same except they are referred to now as selections. So you are setting an In and outs for selections.
The new timeline or Storyline is Magnetic. This is great as it prevents clip Collisions. It can also be very frustrating at first as things feel so different from FCP7. Over time I got used it and now enjoying working with it. On a side note if you need to leave a gap between edits the magnetic timeline will not let you do so without a slug. Therefore I recommend using Shift+Delete in order to leave a gap. Other wise the Magnetic timeline will always keep snapping your clips together.
Color correction in FCPX has improved a fair bit. They now have included shape masks they seem to have come from Apple Color. this is great for flushing out skin tones or adjusting lighting, or even exposures. They can also be tracked and key framed to each individual shot as the story progress. Fantastic feature to get some more advance grading in. Although the color board is simplistic and easy to use. it also keeps FCPX s color feature not as advanced as other grading tools such as BlackMagic Resolve.
Working in a multiple editors scenario is a little more complicated. First there is no longer any support for Final Cut server. Well not really that much of an issue. Now, If you need to hand the edit off to another editor well that’s actually easier than I first thought. First go to the Project Library and select the project you wish to send. Then Right click and select Duplicate Project. This brings up the duplicate project window. Here you can select where to copy the project to and what files. Project, Project and Referenced files, or Project and used Clips. You can also select whether to send renders or not.
Exporting the project is a whole new ball game. Here is where I got the most frustrated, as FCPX has a new feature set for export with none of them supporting basic things needed in a professional environment, such as XML, EDL, OMF, and worst of all no Print to tape. Now I know tape is a dying format, and with the earthquake in Japan HDCAM media has become difficult to locate, but for now EVERY Broadcaster’s delivery requirements in Toronto is tape based! Well this is a fairly large oversight and Apple should rectify this if they intend on keeping broadcasters as a market. At any rate FCPX does on the other hand give you options to go to Compressor, or DVD, Blu Ray, YouTube, Email, HTTP Live streaming and Vimeo. ( nice). This is a nice feature set. If on the other hand you are codec savvy then Compressor still remains your best option.
I could go on and on about FCPX, but seeing as this review is getting long, I am sure you get the idea of where this is going. FCPX has proven to be a very fast and feature filled NLE. However there are some missing pieces and features that would make it absolutely outstanding. I really think if Apple is able to add things such as EDL’s Broadcast monitoring, and other missing features this really could be a stunning NLE. For now though It’s a great editing tool to go along side your FCP 7. It is by no means ready to work in a professional environment. I will continue to use FCPX over the next few weeks and follow up with an update.