|Day 45 of FCPX. Been teaching it and using it.|
Warning, I'm not trying to have an opinion on if I think the software is good or bad - I'm trying to understand what's going on.
Really thinking through the interface. I think it's a major reimagining of the way to handle media for editors; and there's lots of change that is offputting.
The Bin/organization concept has grossly been changed. It's a shift in thought.. Keywords, favorites and the lack of a permanent in/out point.
The timeline has changed. Another shift in thought.. I like music below my main tracks.
That's much of what we reject. when I look at what I consider the major flaws of FCP7, I think about the problems we have as editors.
1) Too much media.
There's a huge influx of material; people are shooting worse than ever and more than ever. I learned a tight budget of ratios. Narrative? 3-4:1. Doc? 10-20:1. I was talking to a buddy who won an oscar for documentaries. How much are they shooting? 150:1 (or more.)
I nearly fell over. He's working with some of the BEST people in the business, and dealing with a ratio that I consider just plain sloppy. Is that because they're truly 'finding' the story? Is it because they didn't have vision?
I don't know - I do know that 200+ hours means over a month of just watching the footage for moments. And I thought projects I'd worked that had 150 tapes were crazy.
So, something is 'missing' in the industry. A way to handle, all this media intelligently - and I think the idea of keywording, analysing for people and intelligent auto updating smart lists are certainly crucial factors.
2) Media management is insane. See #1
Yup. F'bombed Media is out of control. Doesn't matter if you call it the Media Manager or Mangler, the one in FCP 7 really confuses people. During MM seminars, I now just tell people "Copy everything. That's safe. Trim nothing. Keep it all."
3) Complex timelines suck.
Wait, I've had 30-40+ track timelines. It's a mess. I know all sorts of trickery to keep stuff in sync. And FCPX doesn't worry about that.
As I watch people learn FCPX (at this point it's all existing editors) - the major comfort zones, bins and timelines are where they rebel. I watched two students argue with each other about the merits of connected clips. Sigh. You can't understand a tool until you use a tool.
So, the big observations from a learning perspective, it's different enough that many 'experienced' people will struggle due to the change - and yet the changes are aimed to address the problems even smart, experienced people struggle with every day.
(P.S> I'm not just going to be posting about FCPX - just that this is what happened when I went to write.)