Apple Final Cut Pro X product team return to spotlight after 5 years
Alex Gollner

I never warmed to Final Cut Pro X. I trained on Final Cut 10 and, while it had its issues, it worked in a way that suited me. Pro X never did, and still doesn’t. In the end I lost enthusiasm for film-making altogether.

Pro X got rid of bins — replacing them with keywords. I work with long clips (1–2 hours) and Apple’s process is time consuming and prone to errors — you can lose an hour or more’s work in a flash by forgetting to press two keys at once.

The magnetic timeline is a pain in the arse if you like to place clips in a sequence where you want them to be. It was much easier with proper timelines to arrange material from multiple cameras without them sliding all over the place.

The audio is often the key clip for me — everything else has to fit the audio most of the time. And yet you cannot place an audio clip until you have something to attach it to. Move that something and you lose your sequence.

I switched to the free version of DaVinci Resolve. It works for me and the color management is generations ahead of Final Cut. But by then I had lost interest in the while business. I found Final Cut Pro X so hard to pick up if I didn’t use it for any time — and I never got my head around their weird structure of events etc. Even now it makes no sense to me — their organisational terms have no relevance to the work I was doing.

That disillusionment has spread to all things Apple. My Macbook looks nice and its very thin but the keyboard is noisy, has no travel, and I make 10 times the mistakes typing on it than on any previous machine. My Mac Pro is a pain in the arse — a mess of cables, portable hard drives, raid array, tape and card readers. I have no deskspace — the very reason towers were invented. It looks like shit in a real configuration and its hard to find the on switch and the cables don’t connect well to a curved surface. Stupid stupid design really…

The Apple era is over. It died when Steve died. Its just a phone company now.

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