To my friends and esteemed colleagues who are still working on Final Cut Pro 7:
Stop being babies.
I get that you feel betrayed. Apple took a product that you’d come to know and love and turned it into iMovie Pro. I’m sure you never expected to lose product features that you’d come to rely on for your profession. But hey, I guess this a nice lesson: your tools are only as good as the company behind them.
“But FCP 7 still works!”
So does a VCR. Shut up.
And I’m not talking about personal projects here. If all you edit is your own stuff, I couldn’t care less what you use. But if you’re in the business of serving clients, your bar is higher: you need to accept a wide variety of formats, work with ever-changing parameters, and coordinate with other production people. Using a product that’s almost two years outdated is a hindrance to all of that. My latest example of this is AVCHD: lots of cameras shoot it, clients hand it over, and FCP 7 does not handle it natively. So have fun transcoding. Are you billing your client for the time you’re wasting? Better hope they don’t notice.
<insert accusation of fanboyism here>
There’s always this feeling, especially among younger users, that your editing platform is some kind of moral choice that must be defended viciously against any and all attacks. Software is a tool. That’s it. You pick the right tool for the job, regardless of what name it says on the handle.
I think some Final Cut users are a little bitter that the tables have turned. Saying “I edit in Final Cut Pro” used to indicate someone with a flexible workflow and competitive costs. Now that mantle has moved over to Adobe (and maybe a bit Avid). Sorry, that’s the way the cookie crumbles: into your lap, onto your favorite pants.
Also, I’ve (probably) been using Final Cut longer than you have. I started with Version 1 in 1999, cut professionally on it for 10 years, built shared storage systems for it, and generally loved it as a creative platform. Believe me when I say I feel your pain.
But FCP X!
I’m not talking aout FCP X. I’m talking about the holdouts who are still on 7. If after careful determination FCP X is the tool for you, that’s great. My point is that to be a successful editor, you have to stay current with the tools and with client expectations. Sticking with outdated software is doing you no favors.
It’s time to move on.
Moral of this story: you’re purposely using a tool that has known limitations, then using those limitations as excuses. I can understand using FCP 7 in the interim while you plan out your workflow change; that time is over.
Now it’s evolve or die.