It’s almost the end of summer.

Are you really going to make me wait until the equinox?

I can only hope that the fact there has not been an update means they are working hard at trying to fix everything they know about, and the update will be transformational!


I need to vent

I’ve edited several projects for our daily tv show on FCX, and the experience has been a bit of a roller coaster… highs and lows.

I’m optimistic about the future of this thing, and I don’t know why I keep starting projects on it when there’s obviously so much they need to fix.

I’ve spend an entire day and a half on a 5 minute magazine story, and it’s been full of frustrations. I’ve spent enough time with this thing, learning it, and trying to coerce it and cajole it to make magic. I deserve to have a good productive rant.

So here goes…

Why can’t I slip a clip without moving the attached clips?
Why are there attached clips? Why can’t I unattach them, make an edit then reattach them? In other words why can’t I lock my tracks.

Why doesn’t this thing remember my ins and outs? Must I make everything a favorite?

Why can’t I lock the time position of a clip when I move it vertically?

Why can’t I lock the vertical or horizontal movement with the shift key when I apply a transform in the viewer?

If I build a bit of my timeline with some transitional effects, why can’t I pull that out of the primary storyline and place it in a secondary storyline? Why do I want to do this? Because I can’t slip my clips in the primary storyline without moving my connected clips. ARRRRRGH!

Why do I need to go into two nests just to animate my opacity on a clip? Open video animation, then click the most miniscule box to see the opacity animation. FC7 shows this directly in the timeline.

When I expand the video animation tab, why is there space wasted for parameters I can’t animate?

Why can’t I extend a clip to cover up some gap next to it, without leaving a zero frame gap? Really Apple… a zero length gap! What the heck is that?

Why does this thing default to 5.1 surround sound for new projects? Are they really expecting youtube video artists to be mixing everything in 5.1?

Why do I need to wait for all of the projects to load when I only want to use one?

Why is there no versioning, or a convenient way to save snapshots of the timeline at various points in time.

And if I make a copy of a project to save a version or snapshot, I can’t link to the renders I’ve already made without duplicating all of the renders. Seriously? That’s the best you could do Apple?

Why is there no attic, or autosave vault?

Why is there no way to relink clips that appear to be offline, even though I can see them on the hard drive.

Why doesn’t it add a keyframe when I change a parameter? That’s how FC7 works. When I have one keyframe and I make an adjustment further down the timeline, it should create a new keyframe.

There should be a way to paste an effect and scale the effect to the duration of the new clip.

Why can’t I copy and paste just one effect from one clip to another without copying every other effect, audio keyframe and filter as well?

When I click on an audio keyframe and hit OPT-UP or OPT-DOWN, why doesn’t it always adjust the level one db at a time? It seems to make larger adjustments if the timeline is shrunk very short and smaller adjustments if the timeline is tall. How does this make practical sense?

Why does this thing crash so much?

Why can’t I export a quicktime reference movie, and use the renders I’ve already made for a quick export.

And speaking of exports, why can’t I set an in and out point? I can only export the entire timeline? Really?

And still speaking of exports, what happened to multi channel exports? I can’t export stem tracks without turning clips on and off and performing multiple exports?

For every cool thing, there are 5 uncool things. For every efficiency they’ve added, there are 7 inefficencies. For every little bit of enjoyment that I have with this thing, there are 8 or 9 stomach-cramping, tooth-grinding, bowel-tightening frustrations.

It’s August 29th. Where are the fixes we were promised?

Thanks. I feel better now.

Where’s My Cheese

It’s either been hidden or it’s non-existent. The problem with hidden cheese is that it eventually begins to smell.

Look at the things that are missing: omf and xml, tape support, multiple timelines open, ability to edit from one timeline to another, pasting selective attributes to clips, multicam, audio output track assignment, video output, control surfaces, automation gain, and no way to open old projects! Really?!? My camera records separate audio on its two channels, but I cannot easily adjust them on my timeline without excessive gymnastics. It seems obvious that with FCPX, that Apple is trying to democratize video production. With the previous versions of Final Cut, they opened the door to high-end production to the masses. That meant that people didn’t need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a production studio. Anyone with a firewire camera and a laptop could produce broadcast quality videos. We still need a high-to-medium-end camera, microphones, lights and monitors, and the know-how to use them.

Welcome to the next stage of the evolution. Now anyone with a digital camera or iphone can produce high quality videos for fun and/or profit.

I’m all for evolution, but I make money using my talent and tools, and I will use every function they give me. I’m going to continue to use FCS 3 as long as I can. I can edit quickly and accurately, and I have numerous tricks and shortcuts for managing my media that won’t work with FCP X, and that bugs the crap out of me. It’s like telling me that I must write a story, but I can’t use verbs.

I know where most of the shortcuts and workflow alternatives are. I’m afraid that they haven’t just moved my cheese, but they’ve removed it, or turned it into cheese whiz.

X has enough going for it that I want to continue to try to make it work, but is it really so difficult to let us know the road map for this thing, so we can decide if it’s best to get off the road, and go another way?

With that said, I completed another project in X that has already made the air. More on that later.