Michael, well done!!
I've edited on Adobe PP, Avid MC, DaVinci Resolve and non of them come close to the ease of use and organizational aspects of FCPX. I just finished a documentary with 7.8TB of 4K DCI media ( Video, Dialog, Music, EFX, Graphics, Stills Etc Etc ) and I could not imagine trying to organize and cut on any other NLE. I started with FCPX at launch and I noticed right away how much it freed me up to be creative and not worry about moving clips, audio, efx, graphics etc. once I had a rough edit in sync. Not to mention, auditioning different takes and camera angles of the same scene.
Once again, Apple is moving on, with better more efficient products and software including their OS's. It's Apple, if you haven't figured that out in the 41 years the company has been in existence. I've been in this industry for over 45 years, and find Apple's constant push forward for better technology refreshing!!! I enjoy using old camera systems and lens for a different vibe not worn out 8 year old NLE's, but if that's your thing more power to you. I probably won't use someone still editing on FCP7 in the next few years, just to avoid the incompatibility issues. Bottom line, If your film is well written, the cinematography is good and it tells a compelling story, that's what really matters. I've never met an editor that was FCP7 or nothing, the good ones can use them all, and do. The NLE is just a tool.
Lee, totally agree!!! Having shot, edited ( actually cut and paste not digitize and then use an NLE) and worked a film thru to it's final cut, this whole notion that shooting on film is somehow going to make filmmakers better or make their films feel more organic or whatever cliches are being used, is nonsense! I don't miss film in the least. Like the post says, it's expensive, it's time consuming, it's difficult to get the cameras and stock in certain locations and it can consume the best DOP's with it's limitations. If a project calls for the use of film then we will try and use it. Is it my first choice of media, not really.
Totally agree!! I've shot on both and edited on both, film is a pain in the ass!! Let me know how organic your feeling when your looking for 3 seconds of footage at 2am that the
director errrrr "filmmaker" wants back into the current version that hit the editing room floor a week ago. Or when you've dolled out every last $$ to evan have, or rent time in a editing room, let alone the skill to physically cut and splice film. You may get that organic feeling while remodeling your post production suite to accommodate x amount of film cartridges for the last couple of projects!! Yes, film has a unique look to it, but there is a reason a small minority use it, they have the infrastructure to handle it, or they have not thought thru the whole process and have become enamored with nostalgia!! Can you make a fantastic movie using film? Absolutely. Can you make the same movie digitally? Absolutely, with a lot less headache and a lot more flexibility. As far as 8mm, organic is not the word that comes to mind.