October 28, 2016 at 9:01AM


FCPX Updated Yesterday


I am wondering if I can download the new FCPX update 10.3 AND still keep my 10.2. Does anyone know if that is the default or will the update overwrite my current FCPX 10.2? I have a large project that is complete for the most part, but will require some updates, that I am not sure I want to migrate to the new version.

October 28, 2016 at 4:04PM


Never ever update an NLE in the middle of a project, unless that project is dead in the water and you believe that the new version was released precisely to fix the problems you are having. Alternatively, have separate machines for testing new releases vs. production use. I know of lots of people who are thrilled to have a new release of software enabling some great new capability, but every one of them is disciplined enough to not screw up an existing project that is otherwise on schedule with existing resources.

October 29, 2016 at 3:29AM


Agreed. I only update software when I don't have any major projects happening and ONLY if the new version has something I absolutely need. We updated to Premiere CC at my day job last year and it was a nightmare. It crashed constantly and for no reason but didn't provide anything we needed. Then Adobe decided to charge license fees for each user rather than each computer, which would cost us several thousand extra $$ per year, so we switched back to the old version and haven't had nearly as much trouble since.
At home, I had been using Vegas 8.0 for almost eight years. I switched to 14 last month because virtually everything is being shot on long GoP MPEG-4 now instead of an edit-worthy CODEC. 14 allows use of the GPU to greatly speed up rendering, without which, MPEG-4 is incapacitating in an HD environment. I really don't even pay attention to what software gets what updates unless I run into a specific problem.

October 29, 2016 at 10:31AM, Edited October 29, 10:37AM


Paul, to specifically answer your question... you will not have 10.2 after the upgrade. Potentially more important, during the installation / upgrade, the process converts all of your libraries (it asks permission for each one) after which the converted library will no longer work with any earlier versions of FCPX

November 1, 2016 at 6:15AM


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