I just read that in the news that Media 100 HD has a new update and guess what? Media 100 HD can now edit different formats in the same timeline without rendering or converting. That angers me….! Why is it that FCP can’t do this? FCP seems to be the last of the majors to be able to do this. Why?
Media 100, like Avid, Quantel, Canopus & AutoDesk, is a combo of hardware & software that are designed around each other. All of them cost anything from truckloads to boxcar loads more than FCP. FCP is software only, and most of the 3rd party (as in “Apple didn’t make it”) hardware that’s certified for FCP is also designed to work on other platforms.
IOW, FCP has less integration with 3rd party hardware designed to work with both FCP and other platforms than much more expensive turnkey solutions that are designed from the ground up as integrated hardware/software combos.
Hi Wayne. I hear ya.
I switched from a pc to a G5 last year and am looking for real time performance from FCP but I don’t think it’s gonna happen any time soon. I like FCP but I can’t stand the RENDERING !! Even with my older pc (dual P 700 mgz) I could do more effects without RENDERING! At this point I’m going to check out Avid Xpress Pro and try to keep my G5 or Adobe Premiere Pro and switch back to pc platform..
That’s very true, Arnie. And I’m afraid that it not going to change anytime in the near future, either. But, Sony Vegas has this capability and its software only, so I know that Apple can figure something out.