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.

It starts.

Welcome to my brain.

Or what’s left of it since the release of the new editing software.

Like others, I was awed at the video circulating on the internet of the presentation of the new software. Add this new power to the greatest editing software ever, and the results will be transformational.

I don’t need to detail the release. Has a piece of software ever been released into such a storm of bile and derision? Microsoft Bob comes to mind, but nobody’s income and livelihood was in jeopardy by that claptrap.

I make my living by shooting and editing video for a local tv station in Seattle. I’ve spent decades editing on tape to tape systems, ultimately learning to edit on Avid, Final Cut, and the Sony Xpri system, which we currently produce our show on.

I love Final Cut Pro. I consider myself a power user. I’m determined to step into the morass to see if I can make this new monster work for me. I know the headache of a paradigm shift is temporary. If I can get over the learning curve, this could be quite exciting.

So far however, I’m feeling like Apple may have abandoned the high end editors in favor of a dumbed-down, over simplified tool for the masses to make their little youtube videos on. I value creative control, but I also need precision. For me, Final Cut was freedom. Freedom from Avid. Freedom from having just one workflow. Freedom to use my keys, my mouse, or any combination I wanted to execute my edits. If I ran into a difficulty, there were 3 or 4 different ways to work around the problem, FCP is that flexible. Is it still?

This is the grand experiment. What is the new Final Cut Pro X?

This blog is all about making it work.

Stay tuned.