I know this is going to sound wrong but I kind of don't care if it makes my project better. I have been editing and doing sound and color correction on my own for other people for about 15 years, so I'd be hard pressed to find someone to do as good a job as me unless I get into much higher budgets. The other aspects I'm having too much fun learning how to do, and I'm only improving with each project. Just finished a feature I'm fairly pleased with and provided I stay healthy I can see myself doing it again. Was it grueling? Yes, but also hugely rewarding. I guess I'm just greedy and don't want to share the fun.
'Sure, you could write, shoot, direct, produce, put lav mics on everyone, run your own audio, edit, color, and make some VFX for every single project you ever make.
But that kind of sucks.'
I just did that, and you know, it's kind of awesome. Empowering. Invigorating. Enjoyed every bit of the process so much I can't imagine handing that stuff off to someone else. It would be like marrying a woman and then paying someone else to screw her for you.
I do want the ability to update various parts, and most of the pro users I know what the same. Technology develops so fast, I don't want to buy a machine that's going to be outdated in a couple years, then have to buy a whole new system. That's great for Apple but it sucks for me. I want to be able to pop in a new CPU, or graphics card, more ram, and easily fix things myself instead of having to make an appointment and go down to the Genius Bar. Waste of time and money.
If they really want to woo pros they should have fully configurable, made to order desktop systems. Their all in one units are great for the casual user, but I'd like a fully customizable Mac Pro where I can upgrade and replace parts myself.
I HATE, HATE, HATE the magnetic timeline. And I'm not just some cranky old man stuck in his ways who hasn't given FCP X a fair shake. I just edited an entire feature on it and I'm fully proficient with the program at this point. The NLE is just awkward to work with. There are features I love -- the surround sound tools, and the way you can assign and export audio based on those labels (Dialogue, Effects, Music). But the magnetic timeline is just a bear to work with, especially when you start recutting. If DaVinci Resolve handled H.264 files as well as FCP X I probably would have used that for the feature film instead.
Performance first but, while shooting, there are additional shots you can do to get yourself out of a continuity problem. Shoot singles of your actors if possible, where it's just them and no other actor in frame. This is also where shooting higher resolution than delivery is useful. If shooting 4k for 2k, you can always punch in up to 2x, sometimes even 2.5x for a single of your actor. Cutaways. Can be anything. A close up of a cup. A dog in the corner. A doorknob. These shots can also help if you are cutting down a scene, trimming out dialogue or rewriting it in the edit.