I'd like to get this thread started to discuss the specific differences between Premiere and FPC from a 10' perspective. I don't want to ignite a flame war, I'm looking for real-world opinions based on facts.
I come from a Premiere background, but simple things, nothing fancy with EDL's and offline/online stuff. Just a video here or there with titles and wipes, etc. I have a project in development right now with a January '09 shoot date. I love technology so I'm going to put together an edit suite myself next year. I'll be hiring an editor.
I think we can assume that REDCode will be supported in Premiere via Quicktime and obviously the new FCP has support baked-in. What I'm looking for is a contrast between the 2 applications that's as objective as possible.
They're both great NLE's and they'll both get the job done. You'll never be able to tell which app was used when watching the final product. But what about the user experience itself? Can we suggest a couple of workflow tasks and compare/contrast performing them in both apps?
Like I said I have a background in Premiere, and PC's are somewhat less expensive, but if the consensus after this exercise is that FCP is just "more polished" or "more intuitive", I'll take the plunge and finally bite the apple bullet... an $8000 bullet at that.
I'd enjoy comments like "titling is better in FCP (or Premiere) because [...]" or "the coloring tools are better because [...]". You know, things that are going to matter when it's 3:30am and I just spent 2 hours trying to get a relatively simple thing to work (we've all been there). I don't think it's useful to simply say "x is better than y" unless you have hands-on experience with both environments and you can say "doing x in Premiere requires 10 steps, while doing x in FCP takes 5, and the results look better too".
I'll end with this: There doesn't seem to be many AP professionals on the boards, or out there in the industry. As someone who doesn't use FCP or participate in that circle of users, FCP is somewhat of a mysterious black box. And by looking at just the number of FCP editors out there, and all of you professionals who swear by it, then the naivety in me says "FCP must just be better". But now I'd like to know why.
Thanks so much in advance, and I'll be joining your ranks as a RED owner next summer!