Final Cut Pro - a good choice?
Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:07 AM
Has any of you ever used Final Cut Pro? I have seen a lot of good feedback about it and therefore I am considering it as a software for my video production studio.
Can you please tell me is it a good choice in your opinion?
Thanks and best regards,
Rudolf Konimois Film
Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:16 AM
Posted 03 September 2010 - 07:44 AM
Posted 03 September 2010 - 08:53 AM
I like FCP because I can really beat it up, but it lacks in compatibility with any CS4 software such as after effects. Invest in a program called AUTO-DUCK because if you want to work back and forth, you need to render out of one, then import into the other which can get frustrating when little mistakes start happening such as animations being a few frames off and what-not. Also I use P2 cards alot and FCP can't take the footage directly like Premier can. For FCP you need to import the footage which FCP has to convert to a usable codec which takes time, with premier I can drag and drop the P2 files and they instantly appear as workable clips. Then when I'm ready to go to AE from premier it's as simple as cutting and pasting, no render needed to go back and forth. What you change in AE automatically updates in Premier's timelines.
The reason I use FCP for important jobs is because it seems more robust, less buggy and crashy than premier. The navigation of FCP uses different keystrokes than the CS suite, which can be a little annoying, but that's minor. What I do love about Premier is that you don't need to go into your finder (Mac) to get files, the finder has a tab built into the program itself which is convenient.
I have not used the new CS5 version of premier nor the new final cut studio so I'm not sure how those compare...
Don't know much about Avid...
Overall I'd stay with FCP despite the annoyances because it would be hard to explain to a client that their project is delayed because my editing software crashed...again.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 09:08 AM
If you see yourself collaborating with people on the post-production side, then you would benefit from using the same software that they are.
With all of the advancements made in editing software over the past decade, it's more about the person using the software than the brand of software.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 10:29 AM
I never did much work on any other digital system so I don't have much to compare it with. But most people swear by it. Just make sure your CPU has a LOT of RAM for the program, otherwise it will take forever to render and it will eventually crash. The suite comes with a number of other programs (Compressor, Color, Soundtrack Pro, etc.) so you wind up getting more bang for your buck.
Edited by Bill DiPietra, 03 September 2010 - 10:30 AM.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 01:45 PM
They both get the job done. The deciding factors for us are what the editors prefer, and what the post facilities find convenient.
It sounds like you'll be learning and using this system yourself, so an editor preference doesn't yet exist. By far the biggest investment is your effort in learning an editing system. So, where do you want to be five years from now? What do you want to be editing then? Go with whatever is the majority system in that part of the industry. For us, overwhelmingly, it's Avid.
Posted 03 September 2010 - 02:40 PM
(never used avid so couldnt add that aspect to my reply)
Hope that helps,
Posted 05 September 2010 - 05:21 AM