My advice is to abandon FCP entirely. This is the rational response
due to the fact that Apple has essentially abandoned the educational
and professional markets. Nowadays for a decent OS X system you have
to drop nearly $4000, not including software. Take a look at their
alleged educational discounts, it's a joke. And the whole FCP X
debacle caused many users to switch to Premiere.
Premiere used to suck, but that was ten years ago. Now it's totally
viable, and I would recommend going that route. It's not perfect, but
it's far better than FCP X. Plus, it's cross-platform, if you're into
that sort of thing. Please don't flame me because I alluded to Windows. ;)
At 4/17/2014, you wrote:
This isn't strictly an experimental film query, but I know many
people who teach read this listerve. My department has delayed for
years the decision about what to do about the transition away from
teaching Final Cut Pro 7, and result has been increasingly chaotic
and unsustainable (we've developed a messy do-whatever-you-want
solution where individual faculty members choose which editing
platform to teach, so some of our students only know FCPX, some are
still using FCP7, a handful are learning Premiere on their own, and
it's all a bit of a mess). I'd love to hear from as many instructors
as possible about what your program has done about teaching editing
post-FCP7, how you reached your decision, what your reasons were for
teaching or not teaching FCPX, and how things have been working out.
Please reply off-list if it seems more appropriate: this may or not
be a public discussion topic of interest to others and is maybe a
bit off-Frameworks-topic but it would be very helpful for me to
compile some information about what others are doing.
Thanks so much in advance for your help.
Assistant Professor, Film and Digital Media
University of California, Santa Cruz
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