042903fcpxWhen Amy and I got into film making and video some years ago, the choices of editing software were limited and ultra expensive.  From 1991 until 1999 we used Avid Media Composer, which was a hardware and software bundle that cost way too much and crashed way too often.

In 1999, we switched over to Apple’s Final Cut Pro, which ran reasonably well on our Apple Macs and provided the tools we needed to produce videos and films for documentary work and on the web.  When we learned that many studios were also using FCP, it convinced us we made the right decision.

Final Cut Pro was an NLE (non-linear editor) and one that served the needs of both the independent film maker as well as established editors who worked with studios. Even George Lucas used the system for his Star Wars films.

That changed in 2011 when Apple completely revamped Final Cut Pro, throwing out the timeline concept for a new approach to editing.  Professional editors cried foul and accused Apple of abandoning those who make their living editing videos and film.

Like others who edit film and video, I went looking for other options, settling for a while for Adobe Premiere Pro.  It allowed me to import projects from Final Cut Pro, something the new release from Apple would not, and provided a familiar non-linear interface for use.

But Apple kept updating Final Cut Pro X, adding back features that were missing from the initial release, and I decided to give the program another try.  For one thing it is far cheaper than Premiere, After Effects and other add-ons, and I like things that break away from the mold.

So I’m back using Final Cut Pro X as a primary editor for films and video.  For the most part, it’s a pleasant experience and a necessary change of pace.  Most of the videos here on Blue Ridge Muse are edited with FCP as are the videos I provide to newspaper web sites and televisions stations.

Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks.

(The video below was edited in Final Cut Pro)

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