Editing Programs and the Arguments they Bring (and FCP X)
You may know that I make films. Hopefully you’ve got the hint from the name of this blog. If not then maybe you shouldn’t be here. Anyway, as you probably know there are three main stages to making a film – pre-production (scripting, casting and other planning etc..), production (shooting) and post-production (editing, VFX and distribution etc…).
During the crucial stage, editing, the whole outcome of the film can be decided. Therefore, people have to make sure that they use reliable, stable programs that won’t crash on them at the last minute. There are a great many programs that fit this bill, but which is the best? This argument is probably a.) the most long and b.) the most pointless argument in the history of filmmaking.
Firstly, the three main competitors in this so-called “fight” are:
- Premiere Pro (by Adobe, latest version CS5.5)
- Final Cut Pro (by Apple, latest version 7 or X depending)
- Media Composer (by Avid, latest version 5.5)
- There is no re-connect media. This means that if (for instance) you realize you’re running out of hard drive space and you move all your footage to a new location, FCP X will decide that you need to completely restart your project from scratch. Not good. I have also heard that occasionally it will just ‘loose your footage’ itself, meaning that you have no way of continuing your project : you have to restart.
- It no longer supports multi-cam edits. During a (not so) recent project ‘Ratz’, I was using four cameras to film a play in the round. Luckily, due to PrPro’s multi-cam thing, all I needed to do was sync my four cameras once at the beginning, then run the multi-cam window and just play through, clicking on the angle I wanted, much like a virtual gallery. It is also included in FCP 7 and AMC, But no, this tool was denied to us in FCP X. This means that I would have had to re-sync the cameras every time I wanted to change from one camera to another, which must have been about 100 times in 120 minutes.
considering you’re paying over £300 for it, I would hope they coudl improve some of the graphics etc… although I do think that it’s rolling shutter filter (again the same as iMovie) is the best in the world (although maybe not since the introduction of the Warp Stabilizer in After Effects CS5.5, I’ll have to do some tests on that).