Last year I, like many other video editors, was introduced to Final Cut Pro X.
I can honestly say I was shocked when I opened up Final Cut Pro on the school computer and saw the new layout scheme. It is not at all like the older versions of Final Cut Pro and Express (which is what I had been using). Despite the new change I went along with it and used it, finding it easy to learn, just like the other editing softwares I previously used.
However, over the last year and a half I have heard a lot of negative comments about the new Final Cut. A lot of video editors, or at least a lot of my classmates, do not like it. Though some of them were biased because they were used to Adobe Premiere and we all know that Adobe users generally do not like Final Cut. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t care which I use as long as I edit videos with an effective software that does what I want it to do.
At first I hated this change in Final Cut like many others, but as I’ve used it more and more, I’ve come to like it. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I’ve come to realize that we can’t always change things, so I sucked it up and dealt with it until it became my preference. Maybe not. What I really think brought me to liking the new software, besides using it consistently at school, was that it reminded me a lot of iMovie, which was the first video editing software I was introduced to.
Of course, this is the aspect of the new software I don’t like. Final Cut Pro, to me, is supposed to be a software that is used in a professional setting, like at my job or at a university for video production students, and for a home setting there is the more affordable Final Cut Express. Since they changed the software to be easier to use and more affordable at only $300, where it used to be $1,000, it is not just a software that is exclusive to a professional setting and to those who could afford it; now everyone has it.
Not that this is a bad thing, in fact, it’s great for Apple because they are making more money off of Final Cut Pro X seeing as many video editors are buying it for their home use. I just feel that it gives serious video editors more of an excuse to put down the Final Cut software because of the changes.
Again, I love Final Cut Pro and use it for all my video editing purposes. Do I think it’s better than Adobe? No. But I don’t think Adobe is better than Final Cut either. It’s all a matter of preference (and maybe some technicalities).