Final Cut Pro X Skewered By Conan O’Brien

His editors actually like the new version!

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Final Cut Pro X Skewered By Conan O’Brien
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Just a few days into the release of Final Cut Pro X and the reviews are still pouring in. The new editing software has been radically redesigned and the change is causing quite the backlash from the internet community. Many of the complaints can be summed up with this tweet from yesterday – “Final Cut Pro X is an enhanced iMovie with loss of professional control. Plus old projects won’t open?! HUGE FAIL.”

While there are some that praise the new software for its relatively low price point ($300) and its simplicity and ease of use, a quick scan of Twitter reveals that a majority of users find it to be frustrating.

It currently has a 2 and 1/2 star rating in Apple’s Mac store. The top three customer reviews lament the fact that many preferences and professional features are gone and one of them simply says “Extremely buggy, overly simplistic.”

The Twitterverse is still on fire about Final Cut Pro X, here are some selected tweets –

Final cut pro x = iMovie Pro.. Im sad for professionals. 2 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

I’m desperately looking for a site that answers all the “how the fuck do I do this” questions generated from “upgrading” to Final Cut Pro X 2 minutes ago via Power Twitter · powered by @socialditto

Sometimes I’m glad I edit in both Final Cut & Adobe Premiere Pro. It comes in handy when one of them decides to self-sabotage their product. 51 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

If even Conan is making fun of the new Final Cut Pro, I’m definitely sticking with version 7: http://t.co/9IXrAF2 (via @Ihnatko) 32 minutes ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

That final tweet is referring to last night’s skewering of Final Cut Pro X by Coco. He sets up the clip with the premise that his editors are the best in the world, and they love the new Final Cut. The clip that follows is a mess, as you might expect. Check it out –

In this period of freak-outs, The New York Times’ tech guy David Pogue offers some reason. He goes through a pretty extensive list of complaints about X and debunks a good deal of them. He has this to say in the end –

Apple has followed the typical Apple sequence: (1) throw out something that’s popular and comfortable but increasingly ancient, (2) replace it with something that’s slick and modern and forward-looking and incomplete, (3) spend another year finishing it up, restoring missing pieces.

Professional editors should (1) learn to tell what’s really missing from what’s just been moved around, (2) recognize that there’s no obligation to switch from the old program yet, (3) monitor the progress of FCP X and its ecosystem, and especially (4) be willing to consider that a radical new design may be unfamiliar, but may, in the long term, actually be better.

How do you feel about Final Cut Pro X? Let us know in the comments.

Final Cut Pro X Skewered By Conan O’Brien
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  • Applewine

    I think final cu pro x is like final cut pro Xpress. It is perfect for people who need more features than iMovie and can’t justify a thousand dollar software piece. FCPX fills a much needed gap. The old version does more for people who need it and maybe apple will sell an add-on or add the features needed for the high end pros in a later version. In the mean time this is perfect for me.

  • http://www.pedestrians.org John Z Wetmore

    The fact that Apple makes it easy to export to YouTube, but difficult to export to tape, tells you a lot about their target market. Apple will make a ton of money selling FCP X to consumers and prosumers. It is not clear if they really care about professional editors, or if they are abandoning that market to Avid and Premiere.

    • Jorge

      I agree 100%

  • Robert Tew

    Let the TRUTH be known.

    Apple has spent the last 10 years aggressively trying to own the Professional NLE Market with Final Cut Studio products. They achieved that, and now 80+% of the industry uses Final Cut as the choice edit platform, not to mention all the Mac Pro’s sold to run it.

    Then since 2008, editors and professionals have seen no product updates and no new features, and were feeling abandoned, all the while being told that Apple was working for 2+years on this new product that was going to revolutionary. All this as Apple’s business model quickly moves to the consumer market, as their stockholders cheer!!! (iPods – iPhones- iPads, etc….)

    If you “own” an entire industry, it’s less about what home enthusiast and pro-sumers think about this new product and more about what the professionals that have been patient loyal followers think.

    Apple has not been honest with their loyal customer base of professionals, by going in a direction that is more in line with their new corporate strategy, to be consumer-friendly and provide upgrade paths for the iPod, iPad generation. They are throwing the professionals under the bus, and somehow want them to be happy about it.

    This product is obviously not and never was intended to be a “truly professional” as the previous version was. It is 1/4 the price, as has no licensing or serialization, and is based on the iMovie framework. The design itself, with the magic timeline makes it incapable of being used professionally, and only a professional would fully understand that.

    This direction was made in the name of profit. To capitalize on the name “Final Cut Pro”, but make it only attractive to the consumer and not the pros. Think about it. They will probably sell more than 6 times as many copies to “consumers” and make more money from them then the professional market at 4 times the price.

    As for me, I am a professional editor and have been using Apple products as a very loyal follower since the early 90’s. This is a sad day for me. I feel like every one else in this industry, like I have been thown under a bus. Shame on Apple for not being upfront with this industry that has been so loyal. It would have had more integrity to rewrite 2 products, iMovie Pro (as they have done) and “Final Cut Pro X”, which could have been a recode of the original product with the updates needed to make it modern on the back end, but familiar and hefty enough for the pros. And then supporting that pro product, even if it was not as profitable. Truthfully, the pro market would be willing to pay twice or more the price for a “real” FCPX product that met their needs.

    This move from Apple is clearly all about greed. The Apple cool-aide is now tasting bad to me.

    And now Apple has the gall to say to a desperate industry… that they will make the changes needed to make it work for the pro-industry. That is pure deceit, designed to string along the semo-pros to keep them from jumoing ship without spending the $299 first. The real “Pro’s” will be jumping ship within a year. Premiere is already 64 bit clean and looks very attractive on the Mac.

    RIP – The Real Final Cut Pro!

    FYI – Don’t be suprised if they drop the Mac Pro within 3 years. It’s name doesn’t fit Apples product and marketing plan any longer. It’s name doesn’t start with “i”.

    • JazzyJoeyD

      About to purchase 2 dozen edit systems for a college. Was waiting for FCPX to be released and now, I have decided to go the Adobe route. It may cost more, but it would be irresponsible to train college kids on an editing system designing for amateurs.

  • http://adscendmedia.com Jeremy

    … and Conan’s legal guys just killed some free publicity. Video is deleted…

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