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  • Posted by Steve Connor on January 1, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    I hope everyone had a great holiday break (if you were lucky enough to get one!) So here we are in 2019, amongst other things we should see a new Mac Pro this year, I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what Apple have come up with even if others aren’t.

    So what are you looking forward to in 2019?

    Chris Harlan replied 5 years, 3 months ago 12 Members · 14 Replies
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  • David Mathis

    January 1, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    My list:

    1. A new Mac Pro that actually has ports we need so we don’t need to make the warranty invalid by drilling holes for a headphone jack
    2. FCPX with real integration with Motion
    3. A role based mixer
    4. An alternative to Fusion, not sure what will happen to the standalone version
    5. The new COW interface and forum
    6. Bill Davis telling us we are holding it wrong ????
    7. More extensions for FCPX
    8. Better media management
    9. More alternatives to Photoshop
    10. Better masking tools for color grading, mask tracking and more color grading tools

  • Oliver Peters

    January 1, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    My 2 cents


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  • Steve Connor

    January 1, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    [Oliver Peters] “My 2 cents”

    Nicely written article Oliver, thanks for posting 🙂

  • Oliver Peters

    January 2, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Thanks and you are welcome.


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  • Neil Goodman

    January 2, 2019 at 3:01 am

    2019 for me :

    Will probably still be working on Premiere for the most part for better or for worse. Place I work at is still on 2017 so not really concerned with development cause I dont get to play with it.

    MC is the only other NLE Im vested in because I pay to keep a current perpetual license current every year at home even though I havent cut anything from home in years but I do tinker with the updates because chances are Ill be using Avid again. I was really happy with the development this last year, latest builds have been stable and smooth – new update looks great with background saving and titler and multicam improvements and makes it so they now have most of the big multi year feature requests out of the way and actually try some new stuff maybe. probably not.

    FCPX didnt really do anything to improve actual timeline editing this year so I havent really paid attention. Until the trim tools get a little more sophisticated Im not sure why Id use it over anything else as whatever speed gains i get with the magnetic timeline I lose because trimming is rather cumbersome. I predict there should be a pretty big update this year though. Only have the original 300 invested in this app from 7 years ago and chances are i get sat in a bay with FCPX are slim to none so not really too concerned with how things shake out here.

    Davinci is fun to poke at and pretend I know how to color correct but again – not going to probably ever required to use it for at at least the next 5 years if ever.

  • Bill Davis

    January 2, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Yes, EVERYONE on the planet is holding it wrong.
    (Happy to satisfy at least one New Years wish for someone on Jan 1!)

    That checkbox ticked, all I want for 2019 is a continuation of what happened for me over the past year.

    I had my strongest year (and particularly fourth quarter) EVER – thanks in no small part to FCP X. In fact, it was so busy it messed up my end of year plans and I couldn’t even get to the Creative Summit for the first time!

    The icing on the cake was about a week ago when the team I work most with got the news that we landed a nice new client after a 5 agency review. In the midst of an already hectic year-end production run an agency head I do work for called me and said “I’ve got a kinda crazy idea, could you work with me on it as a spec deal?)

    Turned out to be pretty edgy (but cool) idea for a client in a VERY traditional industry not known for taking chances.

    So Linda and I I sat with him and comped a set of two pitch spots in less than 4 hours start to finish.

    At the pitch, the agency head was a little unsure of using the edgy idea, but near the end he decided to show ONE of those comps. When the client called with the news that they were awarding our team the work, the feedback was that their board of directors respected the guts it took to pitch something so unusual.. The feedback was that it made THAT presentation really stand out and so the board kept getting drawn back to it to talk about it again and again.

    For me, the confidence and speed of FCP X is all about knowing that the tool gets out of my way now so there’s very modest cost in time and effort to trying out slightly crazy ideas and seeing if they work. I don’t have to tell anyone how brutal this competitive landscape can be.And I’m starting to feel that just playing it “safe” will increasingly be anything but.

    Anyway, the old days of feeling so much “on the clock” time pressure is pretty much gone. And that’s worth a lot!

    If that spirit keeps going in 2019 I’ll be a very happy guy!

    Happy New Year indeed!

    Creator of XinTwo –
    The shortest path to FCP X mastery.

  • Bouke Vahl

    January 2, 2019 at 8:36 am

    [Neil Goodman] “Davinci is fun to poke at and pretend I know how to color correct but again – not going to probably ever required to use it for at at least the next 5 years if ever.”

    Resolve has some more advantages, it has an extreme good and fast tracker and unlimited masking / spot correction.
    So, if you have to do witness protection / blur out unwanted elements, it’s good for that alone. (Just render out individual spots.)
    And, also nice, whatever you do in stacking effects, you can clip something in one effect, then bring it back in the next one and nothing is lost. That’s plain brilliant.

    (I must admit, I don’t know how this compares to FCPX)

    A must have in your toolbox, even for one shot a month.


  • Eric Santiago

    January 2, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    [Steve Connor] “Nicely written article Oliver, thanks for posting :)”

    As always and maybe I don’t say it enough.
    Great article Oliver ☺

    Happy New Year folks!

  • Mark Suszko

    January 2, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Good overview.

    Might want to find-and-replace on one word; changing “empathize” to “emphasize”.

  • Oliver Peters

    January 2, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    ☺ Thanks.

    – Oliver

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