The end of week one, cutting a half hour special for The Culture Show BBC Two. FCPX is proving to be incredibly fast, we have finished the first week of the edit a day early. We started with 900GB of rushes and archive. The plan for this week was to sync pull the main interviews, and if possible take a look at some of the actuality. At the beginning of the week we felt this might be a tall order.
In actual fact we have cut all the interviews down to manageable segments. We’ve been through all the actuality and cut sequences for each of the locations. The production team, still need to film in London later in the month. But for the moment we’ve cut back as much as we can with the exiting rushes. We’ve managed to do that in just 4 days. Unbelievable.
The down side, as a freelancer Im doing my self out of work.
FYI 60min specials are cut in 5-6 weeks, half hour specials 3 weeks. On this special, 30mins, because of the schedule we have a two week offline.
The Director/Producer Im working with WAS a sceptic. We told him before Christmas that we would be cutting the special in X. He has some knowledge of editing, with FCP7 and has worked mainly with editors on AVID. He had heard bad things about X and was worried with the tight schedule. When we parted at 6:30 this afternoon he was singing its praises and declared, it would be hard going back. I simply said, ‘stick with me kid and you wont have too’.
[craig slattery]“The down side, as a freelancer Im doing my self out of work.”
This what happens when they dumb down an NLE. It makes all the decisions for you and gets done faster.
Actually you’re now guaranteed call backs for revisions because, according to others, apparently you will forever be the only one in the U.K. who edits with FCPX.
Of course no facility should ever allow a free lancers to chose the NLE they work best with if it’s not Avid or Premiere or FCP7 because what would they do when they can’t afford to hire you back in six months. After all they don’t save any money if you do a better job faster. There’s just no ROI on that.
Very cool! Do you have a post somewhere where you outline what your hardware specs and workflow is and you could put a link up here? If not and you have a few minutes, I’d like to hear about what you’re doing that appears to working so well.
Are you using a 27″ iMac as your main machine. What OS and version of FCPX are you on? Any tricks in your workflow to keep FCPX moving?
I turned to the director and said, ‘why do YOU think we have achieved so much in such a short time?’ He said, ‘I think its because its so visual, you really fell like you are in it’.
And that’s what I have been experiencing since we started the trial in X. Its unlike any other NLE, the way it affects you tonally and visually. I will post my workflow later today, but just briefly, Ive been using projects in the same way as I use sequences in FCP7 and the instant visual reference to material that you have already worked on, ie cut down is brilliant.