I for my sake would love being able to do stem exports not only of media files, but of text based files. I would find it useful to (natively) be able to subtitle a show, and not only being able to export burnt in text, but export just everything “Roled” as ‘Subtitles’ out directly as an SRT or DVD subtitle file.
But other than that, in my test environment, Roles/stems seemes flexible enough so far to do real life work. Just remember to meta tag everything accordingly. But on the other hand, in FCP7 we have to tick tracks (video and/or audio) on and off (and remember when and where), and in really large projects with several editors involved using very different levels of organizational skills this can really be ranging from a headache to a nightmare. I guess it’s really equally easy to produce nightmarish scenarios with brand X. The difference, as I see it, FCP7 doesn’t give a damn if you’re organized. But you are severely punished if you’re not, when the going gets tough. FCPX on a level encourages the editor to organize. Still (I’d say) punishes severely for not doing it.
Um. Ok. So not QUITE on topic.
Technical Director, Media Technology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden