- April 18, 2020 at 11:56 am
Come on Apple I’m starting to feel a bit neglected now, love FCPX and I use it almost every day but watching PPro and Resolve users get constant updates makes me think FCPX might be at the end of it’s development path or is there a huge update waiting to be revealed soon?
- April 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Personally I think Apple’s policy of silence is it’s own worst marketing enemy.
- April 19, 2020 at 8:35 pm
That goes back to JOBS. I think he did not want other companies to steal his ideas. But it never was very good for end users. What was worse? EOLing apps instead of updating them or until a new app truly replaced them. What happened to Photos replacing Aperture? They said it would replace Aperture and iPhoto. That was an interesting idea. There is no reason that a hobbyist can’t use pro apps. Pro apps, and equipment for that matter, are easier not harder to use. Pro apps are designed to work, not limit what it can do to be easy. More hobbyist and pros in the industry, who were not pro editors, used FCP than full time pro editors. The learning curve is about the same and by using pro apps you will be using concepts and vocabulary that will exist a lot longer and you’ll be using a vocabulary and techniques that will work with a lot of gear and apps not just a given one. Take Photos instead of the Photos that was going to replace Aperture. There is no problem with its RAM processing or how the app functions; but it very limited in features. Apple literally tells people to use Creative Cloud. Aperture and what we expected from Photos was never going to replace Creative Cloud; but it was a great alternative. I was really looking forward to Photos. Creative Cloud to me is more like digital painting than photo editing. It obviously can do both; but I don’t need to paint. I just want to edit and store my shots. Aperture was getting old. I expected better. Particularly since Apple did get FCP X way better than when it first came out. Now its a great deal. Too bad Apple helped Adobe make lots of $$$ by FCP X not be ready for prime time and Aperture not be updated and then EOL. It has allowed monthly payments to be a norm. The school where I teach Video Production wants to offer it to all the students. I think its a bad idea. What happens when they graduate? Many of them won’t be able to afford it.
Imacs (i7), Canon C300, Canon 5D Mark IV, Panasonic ENG HPX250P, , FCP X, teach video production in L.A., Cool Light Productions, Producing series of multimedia Portraits of creative women in the production arts.
- April 19, 2020 at 10:01 pm
[Craig Alan] “That goes back to JOBS. I think he did not want other companies to steal his ideas. “
I fully expect Apple to be secretive about new technology but in many cases, FCPX is adding features that already exist elsewhere. Knowing those are coming may keep people engaged.
Of course, given the span of time that’s elapsed since 10.4 came out, it’s possible we’re going to see another radical revisioning and Apple wants to avoid a repeat of 2011’s pre-screening.
- April 20, 2020 at 12:10 am
I just want some of the annoying bugs fixed.
I am in no rush for a big update that could cripple it.
Adobe does a great job with that IMHO.
But yet, I still live with it (as well as Avid MC).
- April 20, 2020 at 3:34 pm
I have the feeling that FCPX 10.5 hangs together with WWDC 2020, and a possible transition there being announced of going to ARM processors (didn’t Apple announce the switch to Intel also before they did it to all the hardware), and Apple’s Pro software being released for iPad Pro’s.
I don’t know why I think this, it’s a combination of Apple now giving a 3 month trial of FCPX, them bringing out Mouse/Trackpad support and a Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro, and Richard Taylor said that Apple’s training certification programs for the current edition of FCPX ends in June, which is when they do WWDC.
The website of fcp dot co also has a guy writing articles for them now who used to be in the FCPX team, and I think (I don’t know if I remember this correctly) he wrote almost a year or 1.5 years ago that although he really didn’t have inside knowledge on it, he thought going more mobile would be a next logical step.
- April 20, 2020 at 4:33 pm
P.S. To add to that, I just saw a tweet of Jon Prosser, who has been getting a lot of Apple Rumors correctly the past months (including dates of release), who said there is evidence of Xcode being in iOS 14, so it opens the door to Pro Apps coming to iOS.
- April 21, 2020 at 11:01 am
I really hope Apple haven’t been devoting all their development efforts on just giving us an IOS version of FCPX!
- April 21, 2020 at 12:02 pm
I understand that notion. I also want to have feature updates after 2 years of very little in term of new features for FCPX, but I do have other conflicting thoughts about it as well.
Let’s, for a second, hypothesize on Apple spending all their efforts the past years of making their Pro Apps for the iPad, why we haven’t gotten a lot of feature updates:
1. Won’t it make the whole FCPX platform a lot more attractive for editors? Luma Fusion doesn’t have a professional NLE on the desktop. Adobe doesn’t have full featured apps on a mobile platform. BlackMagic doesn’t. If Apple has this, it is a competitive advantage in a world where a lot of director’s, editors etc. *have* iPads and love them for their portability, 4G connectivity and flexibility (pencil, tablet-only, now with mouse support, optional keyboards, etc…)
2. If Apple is going for a switch to ARM for all their computers, (which a lot of sources have said would start hardware-wise in end 2020-mid 2021) isn’t this something they have to prepare for anyway? Like they have to write an ARM-version of FCPX anyway, so why not start it already 2 years ago, and make sure you can make a splash announcement at WWDC 2020 where all of this comes together? To tell a full story, which we all know Apple loves to do at their keynotes, especially for developers: “This is iPadOS 14. We want to transition all our computers to ARM. We already have MacOS ready for ARM processors, and we got a gain of XX procent in battery life on a Macbook Air, XX procent of computing render speed differences on our own chips in comparison with an Intel i5. And to top it off, with iPadOS 14 we are introducing all our Pro Apps, FCPX, Logic Pro X and Xcode for iPad OS to show you all it’s possible, our team did this.”
3. If Apple would release all it’s pro apps for the iPad, it’s also a goalpost for other developers, including ‘indies’ like Pixelmator and Affinity, but also big companies like Adobe: the iPad is a pro device. A big part of our future (see point 3 above about the ARM transition). “We (Apple) are taking the limits of the iPad one by one, and you should as well.” ?
– Will the whole rewrite, a small decade after the introduction of FCPX, make new features easier to implement? Taking advantage of CloudKit, having both your own chips and your own software, etc. …?
- April 21, 2020 at 4:04 pm
I’m a little disappointed too. NAB was supposed to have started Saturday the 18th.
I know COVID has upended all of it, but if there were no COVID, would Apple not be issuing a release for NAB? They usually release something in the Spring not necessarily tied to NAB, but not even that has happened.
Seems odd that there is nothing after the official MacPro deployment as well.
With everything going on, it would absolutely suck to try and move to a new NLE platform in the middle of trying to figure out how to get everything working remotely.
There’s the stress of changing of workflow in a familiar environment, and then there’s the stress of changing of an entire philosophy when the forum has moved to Constantinople.
FCPX on iPads? Does that mean we will have a better Proxy workflow, because that would be amazing right about now.
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