No Film School: Why I Switched to Final Cut Pro X After 25 Years of Working on Avid

https://nofilmschool.com/switched-final-cut-pro-x-after-25-years

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“I spent a quarter of a century editing on Avid and several years on Premiere Pro, so why did I decide to ditch them both and go with Final Cut Pro X? I’ll tell ya….

There’s a small but growing number of editors who have made the jump. The process is fairly predictable.  Surprise when we first hear a fellow editor rave about FCPX. Followed by a willingness to give it a shot.  And then two weeks of massive discouragement and frustration, because it’s unlike any other edit system we’ve used before. And finally, the lightbulb moment, the “NOW I get it” realization that comes with understanding the radically different workflow….”

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JDW: Using Rec.2020 HLG on a Rec.709 timeline in FCPX

“This video demystifies use of Rec.2020 HDR footage on a Rec.709 timeline in Final Cut Pro X 10.4.x, especially for Panasonic GH5 & GH5S users who shoot in HLG. I don’t own a SONY camera, but the same workflow shown in my video would apply to Sony Rec.2020 HLG as well. Leeming LUT offers a Sony HLG to Rec.709 LUT….”

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LumaForge: Is Final Cut Pro for Hollywood?

https://resources.lumaforge.com/blog/is-final-cut-pro-x-for-hollywood

“Josh Beal is a Hollywood editor who has work on such shows as Counterpart, Bloodline, and House of Cards. As a TV editor, Josh thinks it is time for Hollywood to reconsider Final Cut Pro X as a viable editing platform. In this presentation, Josh explains why Avid Media Composer is the King of the NLE in Hollywood and what needs to happen to convince current Media Composer editors to switch over to Final Cut Pro X….

… “I believe it’s the most forward-looking NLE on the market,” Beal says of FCPX….”

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Apple Final Cut Pro X on Apple 27″ iMac Pro with Retina 5K Display (Late 2017).

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Frame.io Insider: Speed Up Your Editing Using Final Cut Pro X’s Browser

https://blog.frame.io/2018/11/05/fcpx-browser-editing/

“At last year’s FCP X World in London, people were dazzled by watching London-based commercial editor Thomas Grove Carter of Trim Editing cut together an Audi commercial live. The speed with which he conducted the edit was mesmerizing….

… But FCP X, with its magnetic timeline and the powerful tools packed into its browser, is built for lightning-paced cutting—you just have to know how to use it!

As I see it, there are two standout techniques involved in Thomas Grove Carter’s process:

  • Mastery of three-point editing (and its keyboard shortcuts)
  • Mastery of FCP X’s browser-based system of organization and labeling…”
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Apple Final Cut Pro X on Apple 27″ iMac Pro with Retina 5K Display (Late 2017)

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fcp.co: Version Control and Collaborative Final Cut Pro X Libraries Stored in the Cloud with PostLab

http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/news/2106-version-control-and-collaborative-final-cut-pro-x-libraries-stored-in-the-cloud-with-postlab

“… Final Cut Pro X is very good at certain things. Unfortunately Apple hasn’t yet cracked collaborative workflow and sharing Libraries between editors can be clunky.

Jasper Siegers at broadcaster EO in the Netherlands has been working on a project that allows all of its FCPX editors to collaborate by enabling version control. The free app is called PostLab and is available for download from the PostLab website.…”

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Apple Final Cut Pro X on Apple 27″ iMac Pro with Retina 5K Display (Late 2017)

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fcp.co: Free Update for Merge X: Make Changes to Clips in the Browser and See These Changes Reflect on the Timeline.

http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/news/2098-free-update-for-merge-x-make-changes-to-clips-in-the-browser-and-see-these-changes-reflect-on-the-timeline

“MergeX will merge two Final Cut Pro X events, combining keywords, ratings, metadata, etc… for every matched clip in each events. It works with every kind of clip: common, synchronized, multicam, compound. The resulting merged clips will be updated in the projects.

To take the simplest example, provided two occurrences of a same clip but with different keywords and ratings, MergeX will output a  single clip embedding all the keywords and ratings of both inputs….”

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MergeX icon screenshot

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fcp.co: Off the Tracks, the Film about Final Cut Pro X, Is Now Available to Download

http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/news/2099-off-the-tracks-the-film-about-final-cut-pro-x-is-now-available-to-download

“… Ultimately this documentary is about how a tool has helped democratize movie making. It is also a product of what it preaches. Final Cut Pro X does empower storytellers and that message was what made me passionate enough to take all the time and energy to make this documentary. It’s a real meta sort of thing.…”

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Apple Final Cut Pro X on Apple 27″ iMac Pro with Retina 5K Display (Late 2017)

Commentary

A confession: when I first cracked open Final Cut Pro X in its first iteration, I felt at home with it and its magnetic timeline concept in a way I never had with more conventional NLE products including Final Cut Pro.

And yet…

In 2011 Apple ended Final Cut Pro as we knew it and started over with a brand new video editing application: Final Cut Pro X. The disruption from this change is still being felt by the film, television, and video industries to this day.

With misinformation running amok, Off The Tracks aims to clear the air once and for all.

This documentary features exclusive interviews with the creative professionals who use the software and the developers who created it. Why did Apple make Final Cut Pro X?

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The Beat: How ProRes RAW Is Going to Change the Way You Work

https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/prores-raw-change-your-work/

“If things pan out the way they seem set to, ProRes RAW could change the way independent film and video professionals work for a long time.

In this article, we’ll briefly cover the basics of RAW, how Apple is attempting to streamline this with their new ProRes, and what that means for you as a filmmaker….

… The lightweight nature of the codecs also opens up possibilities for future minimization and streamlining of cinema cameras — similar to what previous ProRes codecs have done. Adopting a more open licensing policy with ProRes RAW could herald another new wave of cinema cameras, shattering price floors….”

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Atomos Shogun Inferno monitor/recorder, image courtesy of Atomos. The Shogun Inferno is one of the first devices to support ProRes RAW.

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Video Media Management App Kyno Updated to Version 1.5, Gains Broadcast Version Stablemate

One of the best, in my humble opinion, media management computer applications for creatives working in the related fields of photography and video, Kyno by Lesspain Software GmbH, has received a major update to version 1.5 and has gained a broadcast industry sibling in the form of Kyno Premium. 

Who is Kyno for and what does Kyno do? Lesspain Software describes it thus:

Kyno is used by professionals in the media, entertainment & non-media industry as:

  • Media storage browser
  • Universal player
  • Logging/Metadata editing tool
  • Multi-purpose production assistant
  • File organizer
  • Converter (transcoding & rewrapping)

Kyno is a crossplatform application for macOS and Windows and it closely integrates with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Adobe’s Premier Pro.

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This message box appears if your licence for Kyno needs a paid update in order to use version 1.5. Without the paid update, you can continue to use your currently licensed version of Kyno.

According to video industry website News Shooter, Kyno version 1.5 gains a number of new features, bug and stability fixes including:

  • Timestamp metadata batch-correction.
  • Drag & drop support with FCP X.
  • Playback support for MXF ProRes files created with FCP X.
  • FCP X XML export updated to V1.6 of FCP X XML.
  • Auto-creation of bins for Premiere Pro.
  • New thumbnail column view in list view.
  • Transcoding presets can now be imported and exported to be able to share them in a team or with the community.
  • Apart from a number of bug fixes and stability improvements, Kyno 1.5 brings WebP image support as well as GH5s raw stills, filtering of more metadata, advanced batch naming controls for space and case handling, IMX/D10 support, improvements in audio channel selection as well as better render quality in the player.


Kyno Premium is intended for “film, TV & broadcast professionals and production companies” thus expanding Kyno’s initial reach as an essential software tool for “media professionals, small production companies and creative agencies”.

Kyno is also available in a version for large organizations, Kyno for Enterprise.

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