Rough Cut

I envy people that teach medicine. I mean, I know how hard it is and  all those sick people can’t be fun. But at least the company that ‘makes people’ doesn’t often decide to do a complete reboot. Three heads and seven legs, that sort of thing. No, my job is to teach video production and in my business I have to teach something that can at any moment be made more magical.

Just this week Final Cut Pro became ever so more magical. I mean, pink winged unicorns vomiting rainbows magical.

I’ve heard people call it a debacle. Some say catastrophe. I don’t think that’s a nice thing to say; if a company wants to have sexual congress with a dog, then as long as the dog is consenting I’d say well that’s just thinking different.

What’s the problem? Well for a start you know that some naughty software doesn’t allow you to save so that an older version can load it. That’s called ‘backwards compatibility’ and while PhotoShop is good about it, After Effects is very naughty. Apple have come up with something very magical here in that there is no ‘forwards compatibility’. Final Cut can’t load files made by Final Cut. Just stop there for a moment & be impressed.

It will load files made by iMovie and strangely it has iMovie’s interface and key commands and features and … well y’know one would be tempted to say that this just might be based on iMovie. Y’know? Just sayin’.

Something that was previously intended to handle feature films is now optimised for My Family Vacation. I start a new project and it is saved as an Event. Like My Birthday or My Divorce, rather than say Scene 17 of an existing storyboard and script. What used to be the asset browser now has that … that … well you kind of have to see it for yourself. They have a time line with word wrap. Because long horizontal data imagery works just so well in vertical containers.

Where does the footage go when you capture it? In Movies in your user folder, Silly! OK, so suppose my students are working in a group and need to organise multiple access? Or their user folders are on a server? Hello? Apple? Anyone left in the Pro Applications division? Have you really dropped Final Cut Server?

Once I have managed to edit something, and for the most part the editing is as before (although it’s a bit like an episode of Star Trek where the parallel universe is nearly the same as ours but Captain Kirk is secretly evil) then I get to the point where I want to save this thing. But you can’t save or export your project. You can only SHARE your movie on one of the usual clouds.

OK, so Apple have worked out that they can sell a lot of this to the home enthusiasts, fuck the clique that have been buying it so far. You can’t blame them, it’s in Apple’s blood to find the sweet spot where ‘it just works’, and they dropped the ‘Computer’ a while ago. But I can’t teach on this, technically or in practice and I’m now wondering who is going to take up the industry standard, how long that will take and what the hell I can do in the mean time. If it’s choice between Avid and Adobe, then the latter will do.

When combined with the forthcoming Ipad style OSX Lion the future of the media labs is looking a bit ‘finger painting’. Plenty of people like using iMovie on their iPad. It’s a great simple way to knock up a YouTube video. But we don’t all want to work that way, we are not all average and I don’t want to teach average. Not everything is a cat joke destined for YouTube.

I’ll keep the old version running as long as I can.

8 thoughts on “Rough Cut

  1. Like everybody else, Apple had received of my attention with two words “Background rendering” Ok great, 64bit native with Background rendering cool (insert warm comforting apple like feeling here)….like waiting for that render to reveal the complexities of hours spent in minute detail for 2 seconds of bliss , I waited for the release. Ding, its time…what happened? Where did it go?, Did I miss something? I gotta get out of the house I been working on this for days.. I just opened Imovie..hang on its not installed on my machine or is it? Did my world just become the dumbed down version? I thought I upgraded? Thats cool i’m delusional, I’ll just save an OMF and work on the Audio for a while..Ok its getting scary now, I’m melting help…Fuck I cant feel my arms…my legs where are they? Why are these people looking at me so strange..hello can you hear me???Fuck I cant talk to anybody anymore, no one can see me….thats it hard power off…back to 7, “Hey Eve you know that apple you gave me, I took a byte and something strange happened, I think here is something wrong with it”……Eve? Eve? Am I still tripping or is time standing still?
    Truth is Tom its Saturday and I’m still a bit stunned. I like everybody else assumed it would all be for the best and now am faced with the real possibility of looking for alternatives that I rejected in favor of final cut. Its a battle I thought I overcome, Apple Genius Bar? more like march of the zombie’s.

  2. /shrugs/ I’ve always hated FCP, so this is no great shakes for me personally.. perhaps a mass install of Windows VM’s and switching to Sony Vegas? (Now if only Sony had the good sense – ha – to write a Mac version, they’d have a whole new set of machines to rootkit, but that’s another story huh?).

    Maybe you just need to lobotomize more of the students.. who needs high standards anyway?

  3. Bonjour !

    Ahem, comment dire, en fait, je recherchais une certaine kikicheuh, et j’ai vu que t’etais abonné à la page youtube de jeanrembarde.

    Mais il semble que plus personne soit actif sur le net !

    Du coup, si jamais tu saurais comment la contacter, un mail, ou j’sais pas quoi, ça me serait utile :D

    Et désolé pour le dérangement :3

  4. 7 concurrently? Yes, so shut the fuck up; your work flows are undisrupted. Has Apple already stated that this is a 1.0 version and will be updated to address most concerns? Yes. Has Apple decided to deprecate certain functionality? Yes. You still use tape?! Has Apple made some mistakes? Yes. Will you be using FCP X exclusively in a few years? Yes. Lighten the fuck up and enjoy the new funtionality.

  5. Oooops, posting mishap.

    Oh, please. This is classic Apple. Can you run FCP X and FCP 7 concurrently? Yes, so shut the fuck up; your work flows are undisrupted. Has Apple already stated that this is a 1.0 version and will be updated to address most concerns? Yes. Has Apple decided to deprecate certain functionality? Yes. You still use tape?! Has Apple made some mistakes? Yes. Will you be using FCP X exclusively in a few years? Yes. Lighten the fuck up and enjoy the new funtionality.

  6. Dear anonymous coward ‘Bubba’.
    I cannot teach students on old software which is no longer supported or sold. Nor does the new version work in a lab environment, we have been testing it and it’s just no good. You are welcome to use it, but it no longer represents an industry standard.

    You sound very upset. Maybe have a nap?

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