I love to create visual stories about people and experiences.. unfiltered and natural human emotion is the common ground which connects us all.
Actually there are active 40Gbps TB3 cables, I just bought one two days ago (Belkin, 6ft, TB3, 40Gbps).
+1 On the power and flexibility of Roles/Sub-Roles combined with "lanes." There isn't much to want for in FCPX right now; I absolutely love working with it.
This attitude is part of the problem actually, a cycle of self-containment, an echo chamber. When for small teams, FCPX's workflow is better contained and actually better performing spec for spec, with one app (+plugins) able to do almost every task outside 3D effects.
One would think a better performing software, especially for small teams or individuals would get a plug by an independent / grassroots publisher.. Not because it is or isn't used by an established one.
This group think simply feeds more of the same, not innovation nor meaningful progress. Competition and change is good for every industry, especially in tech.
Adobe, Avid, Apple all adapt and improve because of each other, this competition is absolutely necessary, dare I say the most important thing of all.
I actually quite like the touch bar as well.. it's a natural evolution of the keyboard and it will only get better as more developers support it.
Thank you for the reply Liz, and I understand your reasoning even if I disagree from the standpoint of constructing a well-rounded analysis.
Certainly, one cannot test all variables or all potential solutions / setups.
To reiterate though, a point on the synergy of Apple / Mac software: to ignore this combination is to ignore the key advantage Apple holds. Perhaps the only reason to purchase an Apple computer dare I say.
Apple is not simply a hardware manufacturer of PCs and Phones, it holds an advantage in spec vs. spec because of it's software/hardware development in both mobile and desktop spaces. That's if you believe they have an advantage.. some don't.
Many do believe Apple hardware performs better with Apple software than any other end to end solution on the market, I happen to be one of them, especially when it comes to usability, experience and performance combined. The sum of parts.
It really is about software at the end of the day for all devices, if it weren't about software, everyone would be running Linux with complete control, building their own PCs for the best performance per $, etc.
As journalists looking to educate a filmmaking audience I would think testing a variety of editing tools, as well as which tools in what scenarios perform better, as you have done, would be priority, (with one glaring omission, Apple's very own software..)
Now, I'm a firm believer in using whatever software you like, go to it. We should all enjoy using the tools we choose.
Regardless, the actual advantages of running Apple's FCPX over other NLEs with the nMBP should be stated, noting its potential pitfalls as well. Educating the audience you serve here is important, and a real benefit to someone getting into this field, so they can make an educated decision, not an incomplete one.
Sidenote: I don't understand it, but I see some elitism out there and a negative connotation surrounding FCPX which is really unfounded in fact or reason. These are computers and just tools after all.. objectivity when it comes to workflow is absolutely necessary.
To each his own, Cheers.
P.S. I'm a tech enthusiast and I run Mac + Windows, including having built a Windows PC with some of the components others have mentioned in comments. I think we are living in great times and have quite the tools at our disposal. Don't lose sight of that :-)
Remember it is still early days and proper TB3 compatibility has issues.. USB-C is the standard mostly on that front..
We are on the forefront of external GPUs, even with USB-C, let alone TB3 in the Mac space. I look forward to the innovation in external TB3 display devices, sooner than later hopefully.. I dream of an external TB3 display that runs a GPU internally.. *knock knock* AMD.