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  • What would really make you excited …

    Posted by Simon Ubsdell on July 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    … about the next version of FCP X?

    Whether you’re a diehard FCP X aficionado or someone who’s still sitting on the fence, what would be the feature, or set of features, that would really set your world on fire?

    If you’re still not convinced about FCP X, is there a feature that would convince you?

    If you love it the way it is, what would make you run away to Reno and marry it?

    Simon Ubsdell
    tokyo productions

    Andy Patterson replied 6 years, 9 months ago 26 Members · 107 Replies
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  • Steve Connor

    July 6, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I’d love to see the return of tracks 🙂

  • Simon Ubsdell

    July 6, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    [Steve Connor] “I’d love to see the return of tracks :)”

    Well, obviously. But apart from tracks …

    Simon Ubsdell
    tokyo productions

  • Steve Connor

    July 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Seamless integration with Resolve?

  • Simon Ubsdell

    July 6, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    [Steve Connor] “Seamless integration with Resolve?”

    Is it not seamless enough as it stands? How would you improve on it?

    Simon Ubsdell
    tokyo productions

  • Andrew Kimery

    July 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Multi-editor workflows on par with Avid. Of course that’s on my wish list for any NLE not made by Avid. 😉

  • Simon Ubsdell

    July 6, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    [Andrew Kimery] “Multi-editor workflows on par with Avid. Of course that’s on my wish list for any NLE not made by Avid. ;)”

    Agreed. AVID have made this look so easy and we’ve had it for years and years, but no-one else has yet come close.

    Maybe Apple will surprise us, who knows?

    Simon Ubsdell
    tokyo productions

  • Andy Patterson

    July 6, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I know the FCPX GUI has improved but the last time I used it I could not set up the GUI how I wanted it. I have moved recently and don’t have access to FCPX anymore to see if it can be set up how I want it as of now.

    More than the GUI improvements if they made a Windows version I would buy it.

  • Michael Hancock

    July 6, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    If these features were in the next version of FCPX it would improve my editorial life immensely. In no particular order:

    1. Video lanes, like the audio lanes, so I can keep graphics/color/VFX/etc… organized easier.
    2. Better keyboard navigation (like the ability to select a secondary storyline to edit into without needing the mouse).
    3. Avid style project sharing.
    4. Smart merging events between projects (including picking what you do/don’t want to keep from each event during merge – like MergeX, but without having to roundtrip to another app).
    5. Video I/O that actually works, without the serious lag issues.
    6. Ability to add infinite custom columns in list view. And the ability to add info to multiple clips directly in the event, not just in the inspector (select clips, right click column, add info, and it’s added to all clips).
    7. Open multiple events at once, as either tabbed windows or floating ones.
    8. “Watch/Live folders” that you can assign to keyboards/events. Example – I assign a “Music” folder as a watch folder/live folder for the Audio Event, Keyword Music. Every time I add a file to that folder the asset is added to my FCPX library and the Music keyword is applied.
    9. Ability to assign roles to keywords or events. This would be great in conjunction with Watch/Live folders and would make role assignment nearly automatic.
    10. Improved trimming. Asymmetrical trimming, more/better keyboard use. Basically, Avid and Premiere style trimming.
    11. Scrolling timeline.
    12. Export name matches project name by default, not most recently used name for that project’s export.
    13. Proper batch exporting.
    14. Real background transcoding/rendering/ingest, like Avid has. Or Premiere.
    15. Ability to mix proxy with non-proxy footage.
    16. Remember last project that was open when opening a library.
    17. Option to have Roles you’ve turned off in the timeline index be turned off on export – this fixes the “can’t export roles direct to Vimeo” issue.
    18. Ability to zoom into waveforms in list view.
    19. JKL trimming with 4-up updates.
    20. Add option to turn off “select clip under mouse”, and instead select clip under playhead.
    21. Fully customizable interface. If I want the inspector to the left of the event browser, let me move it there.
    22. Color code clips in events, have ability to show these colors in projects.
    23. Better timecode options, like Avid. I want to see 29.97 drop frame timecode when I’m in a 23.976 project, and a list of source timecode, sequence timecode, absolute, remaining, etc… all at the same time.
    24. Break apart clips show sync indicators.
    25. Built in ability to import custom LUTs on a per project basis.
    26. Add option to ripple role changes made in an event to an open project, overriding whatever roles in that project have already been applied. Like Avid’s Refresh/Update Sequence feature.
    27. Option to leave files in place, even though the folder structure looks like a camera card.
    28. Conform frame rates in the event (for example, play 60fps footage as 23.976 for 2.5x slomo, without having to cut footage into a project first).
    29. Tabbed project windows.
    30. Ability to scrub a project in the event and edit directly from it to another project, either as a compound clip or as individual clips.

    I have a lot more, but these would be a huge boost to the efficiency of the app.

    Michael Hancock

  • Shane Ross

    July 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    [Simon Ubsdell] “Is it not seamless enough as it stands? How would you improve on it?”

    It’s not seamless…I can tell you that. It takes a LOT of prep and Metadata (that people who love FCX seem to swoon about) additions to make it smooth. I’ve onlined 10 documentaries cut on FCX since September 2016, and only one of those was nearly seamless. And that was because it was prepped by one of the top FCX AE’s in Los Angeles. And EVEN THEN it wasn’t completely seamless…not one of the stills in the show relinked properly. They never seem to. I always ask for a textless export in order to deal with that fact…I use that and chop it up in order to get stills over.

    It’s close, but yeah, it takes a lot of metadata management to do it right. I’ve had it done wrong too, and man, 80% of the film didn’t relink properly. AVCHD formats and ANY camera that will repeat tapeless media naming when you change cards is a BIG issue. Other things to tackle…Secondaries coming over as one clip. Finally able to decompose those with R 12.5. But yeah, unless you add a lot of unique metadata, relinking can be an issue.

    But I want what Andrew wants…shared project. And tracks. Without that I won’t even consider it. But my brain doesn’t work the way FCX wants it to…I’m a dinosaur.

    Little Frog Post
    Read my blog, Little Frog in High Def

  • Oliver Peters

    July 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Multi-editor workflow
    Better integration with i/o devices
    User configurable workspaces
    Multiple timeline windows
    Multiple tabbed projects (sequences) in the same timeline window
    Actual project-to-project (sequence) edit functions
    Better (more flexible) media relinking under user control
    Built-in library (project) and media consolidation with media trimming
    The ability to trim down a library by deleting unused clips within the same library (not create a new one)
    Better internal color correction tools
    Out-of-sync indicators
    Timeline-based dupe detection indicators
    Improved timecode visibility throughout UI
    Improved (more flexible) multi-cam grouping
    Multicam editing that doesn’t put “through edits” across video or audio that isn’t “switched”
    Built-in tracking
    Built-in masking for every effect
    Improved replace function (more like that in PPro)
    Track-based mixer panel (could also be role-based) with channel effects strip
    The ability to easily re-attach detached audio in sync
    Creative use of roles for video
    Variable control of performance/resolution options (more level choices)
    User interface brightness/contrast controls
    Start/center/end/custom controls for transition effects
    Insert edits that cut both primary storyline and split upstream-connected clips in one function
    Control of connected clip edits so that stacking position is above or below existing, overlapping connected clips
    Export option to ignore all keywords, tags, etc. so you don’t have to manually remove them each time
    The ability to export H264 as MP4, not MOV
    Batch exports of clips or timelines (a Compressor queue function like PPro/AME would be work)
    The ability to use off speed clips (externally “conformed”) with funky audio without it corrupting the export
    A companion iPad FCPX Lite version for logging/rough-cutting
    Direct integration with Photos, Pixelmator, and/or Affinity for image manipulation (like add-ins within Photos)
    Using industry-standard nomenclature!!!!!

    … just for starters.

    – Oliver

    Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
    Orlando, FL

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