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Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
FCPX: What Pros Find Missing in Final Cut Pro XFCPX: What Pros Find Missing in Final Cut Pro X

June 21st, 2011, was met with the news that Final Cut Pro X was finally available and what a thrill ride it has been! Professionals all over the COW -- all over the world -- have been debating, scurrying to test and review Apple's newest app. One such pro, Walter Biscardi, ran straight to purchase FCP X with all the enthusiasm of a kid going to the circus or a great new comic flick, but did he find what he wanted? Read on the see what Walter has to say about FCPX.

Review
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
A Final Cutter Tries Out Premiere ProA Final Cutter Tries Out Premiere Pro

If you're a Final Cut editor contemplating making a change in the wake of Apple's FCPX roll-out, you're not alone. Here's one long-time Final Cut user who tried out Adobe Premiere CS5.5 on a paying gig. He found a lot to like, and not much to miss.

Editorial
Helmut Kobler
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
A Cautionary Tale for the FCP SwitcherA Cautionary Tale for the FCP Switcher

Herein lies the cautionary tale of a long-time user of Final Cut Pro, penned for those who would consider switching NLEs. Are there tools that will positively replace FCP 7? Are there NLEs that are even more powerful than our now evanescent favorite?

Editorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX Quick Tip - The Ken Burns EffectFCPX Quick Tip - The Ken Burns Effect

One of the most common effects that editors do on an almost daily basis is the "Ken Burns" effect. The panning and zooming of still images to create a powerful visual. Creating the effect in FCPX is quick and simple, and with this Final Cut Pro X video tutorial quick tip, Kevin P McAuliffe will have you creating it in no time.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
GET READY TO RUMBLE: Perfect setup for a seamless transition to FCP X and OS X LionGET READY TO RUMBLE: Perfect setup for a seamless transition to FCP X and OS X Lion

Forget all the rumors and speculation about Final Cut Pro X, Creative Cow Contributing Editor David Roth Weiss delivers nothing but facts as he guides you through the steps necessary to partition your Mac system drive with a cool multi-boot setup that will allow you to easily and efficiently switch back and forth between different versions of Final Cut Pro, FCPX, between different operating systems, or all of the above.

Editorial, Tutorial, Video Tutorial, Feature
David Roth Weiss
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
FCPX: Ready or Not, Here it Comes...FCPX: Ready or Not, Here it Comes...

We knew that Gary Adcock was the perfect person to deal with an app that aspires to meet the needs of the hardest-core, highest-end pros. Or does it? What if Apple told you that Final Cut Pro X wasn't meant for you? Gary goes beyond his own knee-jerk reaction to the release to get under the hood of FCPX, and he likes a lot of what he sees. In Part 1 of his look at FCP X, he starts with an area FCP has historically struggled most, yet that matters most to editing professionals: media management. For an additional look at the subject of this article, see FCPX: Hardware changes - PART Two.

Review
Gary Adcock
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX Quick Tip - Taking projects on the go with youFCPX Quick Tip - Taking projects on the go with you

One of the biggest concerns in FCPX is the ability to take projects with you on the go with you. Well, in this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you that with a little forward thinking, taking Final Cut Pro X projects with you is no problem at all!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
FCPX: Why We Can't Use Final Cut Pro X at Our CompaniesFCPX: Why We Can't Use Final Cut Pro X at Our Companies

After a day of reading the FCP and FCPX forums, tweeting, and scanning the blogosphere, two COW leaders had a lot to talk about. Rich and Walter are not casual Final Cut Pro users... they've used it since version 1 and literally built their businesses using Apple tools. For them, today was the end of an era (Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Server were removed from sale). While both hope for the future, they each have strong opinions why they can't implement Final Cut Pro X into their postproduction facilities as it stands at release.

Review, Editorial
Walter Biscardi and Richard Harrington
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX On Air. Coming SoonFCPX On Air. Coming Soon

Former skeptic John Davidson was right there with everyone else when FCPX was released who deemed it a complete disappointment for broadcast pros. Many updates and much experimentation later, he's now a believer: he has FCPX not only running on shared storage for broadcast work, but for John, it does so even better than FCP 7 ever did. Here he introduces a 5-part series, taking you step-by-step from project set-up to delivery, ready to help other broadcast pros get moving with FCPX.

Editorial, Feature
John Davidson
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Real World Editing: From Avid to FCP and Back AgainReal World Editing: From Avid to FCP and Back Again

The inside story of reality TV giants Bunim/Murray Productions, and their trip from Avid Media Composer to Apple Final Cut Pro...and back again.

Feature, People / Interview
Mark Raudonis
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
FCPX Quick Tip - Animating with KeyframesFCPX Quick Tip - Animating with Keyframes

Another big concern with FCPX is whether or not it's easy to work with Keyframes. In this Final Cut Pro X video tutorial, you will see that working with Keyframes is easier than it has ever been!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Media Composer 6: Avid kept their promise.Media Composer 6: Avid kept their promise.

Walter Biscardi has been beta testing Media Composer and gives his "Avid from a Final Cut Pro" point of notes in this article. This is not a full review, Walter tells us, but a point by point relay on Avid test systems, AJA Kona support, storage support, promises kept, and where it goes from here.

Editorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Colorgrading Round-UpColorgrading Round-Up

Dennis Kutchera went to Vegas with a goal - to be tantalized by the new colour-grading options - in essence, to cheat on his beloved Avid. What happens in Vegas, this time, comes back with some great stories.

Feature
Dennis Kutchera
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
FCPX - Kicking the Tires - Lesson 1FCPX - Kicking the Tires - Lesson 1

In Lesson 1, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at the new FCPX and covers some of the basics you'll need to get you up and running from the download and installation of the Final Cut Pro X software - to your preferences - and finally to importing.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Workflow Update: iMac, Adobe & the X FactorWorkflow Update: iMac, Adobe & the X Factor

With five edit suites currently running at Biscardi Creative Media, and four more on standby, Walter Biscardi and crew need the best possible performance our of their workflow and machines. Here, Walter describes the power (yes, power) of the iMac, the workhorse Adobe Premiere Pro, and some never say never insight on FCP X.

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Confessions of an NAB VirginConfessions of an NAB Virgin

This is no ordinary NAB recap. This isn't a collection of thoughts about products and software. This is the confession of a small-town starry-eyed NAB virgin, and the adventures and anxieties she finds herself in.

Feature
Kylee Wall
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
The Magnetic Timeline -- Thoughts on Apple's New ParadigmThe Magnetic Timeline -- Thoughts on Apple's New Paradigm

With its June 21 release of Final Cut Pro X, Apple shocked the entire post-production industry. David Lawrence set out to understand just exactly what Apple had done to a tool that, for many of us, is the cornerstone of our livelihoods. The changes in FCPX are broad, deep and many. This article will focus on just one aspect of these changes -- the main NLE editing interface an editor uses for the bulk of their work -- the timeline.

Editorial
David Lawrence
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Post Production: Did Everything Change in Post?Post Production: Did Everything Change in Post?

In this article, Walter Biscardi discusses the state of Post Production as he sees it in these months since the June release of FCPX, including comments on the latest 10.0.1 release.

Editorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
What a Long, Strange Year It's Been!What a Long, Strange Year It's Been!

Apple imploding. Adobe ascending. Avid opening up. Who could have seen it coming? Here's Walter's look at what happens when the blinders come off.

Feature, People / Interview
Walter Biscardi
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Smoke: A Journey and a Look AheadSmoke: A Journey and a Look Ahead

An FCP user and enthusiast since version 1.0, David Jahns looks at Autodesk Smoke for Mac, and discusses color-grading, tracking, editing, compositing and overall performance.

Editorial
David Jahns
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
FCPX - Response to David Pogue’s  “Professional Video Editors Weigh In on Final Cut Pro X”FCPX - Response to David Pogue’s “Professional Video Editors Weigh In on Final Cut Pro X”

In the continuing debate about the future of FCPX and video editing, David Pogue addresses the concerns of professionals. In response to David Pogue’s “Professional Video Editors Weigh In on Final Cut Pro X”, Richard Harrington adds his voice to the growing list of concerns and solutions.

Editorial
Richard Harrington
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX - Kicking the Tires - Lesson 2FCPX - Kicking the Tires - Lesson 2

In Lesson 2 of this Final Cut Pro X video tutorial series, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at more importing features, and the most important part of FCPX.....editing clips in your timeline.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
FCPX: Didn't We Ask for This?FCPX: Didn't We Ask for This?

"When talking about FCPX, the greater topics of philosophy, ethics, religion, personal well-being, the time space continuum, the consequence of true and real change, the past, the present, the future and, of course, our collective video careers, are often touched upon." Jeremy Garchow invites you to read the FCPX forums here at the COW to gain a greater sense of how people might feel about it if you have not frequented them lately. Yes, there is a lot of work to be done, and there are many holes to fill, but he does want FCPX to succeed. With this in mind, Jeremy spends some time focusing on what he likes about FCPX, today.

Editorial
Jeremy Garchow
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
High Noon in the Editors' CorralHigh Noon in the Editors' Corral

A group of editors gathered at a Hollywood Post Alliance Sales Resource Group luncheon to debate the merits of today's nonlinear editing systems. In the process, they argued less over tools and complained more about an ever-changing workflow. And, yes, there are a few fans of FCPX.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Confessions of a Creative Maniac: Unified Theory of MediaConfessions of a Creative Maniac: Unified Theory of Media

Convenience is more important than quality -- I've taught a couple of generations of students that understanding this basic reality is a great way to predict just about any future media trend, and in the case of NAB, it looks like the equation has not lost a molecule of relevance.

Editorial, Feature
David Biedny
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