What Final Cut No Longer Does

UPDATE: David Pogue did this blog post with his review.

Richard Hart of Academy of Art University School of Multimedia Communications has been playing with Final Cut Pro X. His report:

  • You can no longer import any previous Final Cut Pro projects in FCPX. (Yet you can port them to competitors’ products.)
  •  You can no longer import or export Edit Decision Lists, markers or any form of XML.
  •  You can no longer import Photoshop files with layers.
  •  You can no longer use Final Cut Pro 7 plugins.
  •  You can no longer assign tracks. No more video tracks or interview on Track 1, narration on Track 2 and music on Tracks 3. No tracks.
  •  You can no longer capture from tape using SDI, only Firewire.
  •  You can no longer control those Firewire devices.
  •  You can no longer Batch Log and Capture.
  •  You can no longer export to tape at all.
  •  You can no longer use Xsan or any other network volumes.
  •  You can no longer output broadcast quality (true video), not even to an AJA Kona, Blackmagic or Matrox card.
  •  You can no longer use a project on more than one machine, so
  •  You can no longer collaborate with other editors.
  •  You can no longer make a frame a custom dimension.
  •  You can no longer lay out your own workspace.
  •  You can no longer use more than one timeline per project.
  •  You can no longer organize your project media. No Bin columns, only devault folder structure.
  •  You can no longer set your own Scratch Disks or folders to store renders.
  •  You can no longer “Reconnect Media” or see a thumbnail if it is missing.
  •  You can no longer see the path to the media if its drive is disconnected.
  •  You can no longer rely on an Autosave Vault and
  •  You can no longer save your project manual manually.
  •  You can no longer use Multicam, one of the best camera tools in the industry.
  •  You can no longer use a color wheel to color correct.
  • Apple has discontinued FCP 7, Studio and Final Cut Server, and
  • Final Cut Studio’s installer is PowerPC and, hence, will not run on Lion.
  • FCP will run on Lion, but you can’t install it on Lion.”

So, it would seem Apple decided to get itself out of the professional video business.


One Response to What Final Cut No Longer Does

  1. Pingback: Why FCPX getting lobotomized means job security for editors. Yes, I’m serious. « notes from the edit bay

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