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I have never been so frustrated with FCP

...and it pains me to say it. But it is the truth and I have to call it like I see it.

The past three days I have been trying to restore an old project. It's a decently complex project with green screen, tons of cuts, P2 footage and tape footage. I have not been able to get FCP to reconnect to anything properly wihtout going through file by file. This process should have taken a day at most with the recaptures and p2 reimport, instead I am on day 3.

I usually have excellent luck with Media Manager and XMLs, but this project is truly testing my patience. Also, i am totally bummed out by it all.

All the plugins are old and I have new versions of the fxplugs now which don't translate, the P2 media is giving me fits (it comes in fine, but won't reconnect to the timeline) and the things that do relink are relinking to wrong items sometimes-but-not-all-of-the-time. ALso, there were some rendered materials that I have as self contained movies, and they are playing back improperly in FCP now. It's just a low down dirty mess.

In all fairness, this project was started two OSs ago, FCP Gods only know how many verisons of QUicktime ago, and several iterations of FCP ago. Still, i have to believe that if FCP had a better database tracking system, all I would have to do is update some plugins which I would expect and wouldn't be all that bad.

For now I suffer.

Sorry for the downer, but I had to put this down in a place where someone might relate.

Looking forward to the future.


Posted by: Jeremy Garchow on Apr 3, 2008 at 11:14:34 amComments (7) technology, final cut pro, future the

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