If they don't show FCP at NAB this year, it's going to be non-stop rants against Apple and the end of their pro-line. that said, I'm pretty sure they would not have had that private preview had they not planned on showing it at NAB.
Of course interesting doesn't mean good, nor does it necessarily mean professional grade.
As an example iMovie.
I used iMovie 11 for the first time today. Its a miserable little piece of software, but if you are working within its "boundaries" you can edit quickly and intuitively with it. There is something to be learned from it.
I also noted it performed better than FCP 6. That is to say it either used less processor power to perform the same task in the same time, or it was just plain faster. That could be because its less capable and isn't processing as accurately as FCP. Of course it could also be that iMovie is technologically more advanced and/or more efficient.
Of course its much harder to be precise and harder to deliver professional grade results. (harder ... not impossible) iMovie 11 is arguably less "professional" than the last version I used iMovie HD, but its also better suited to its market niche.
So, its interesting. I wouldn't buy it though. (It came free on my Mac Pro)
Of course, "interesting" also covers "Final Touch 2K is now Apple Color. Its free in the box, no extra charge. Oh, and we lowered the price of the box too."
I have already forgot to use FCP. FCP what was that?
The new FCP must be 64-bit, address 16+GB of RAM, multi-core aware, GPU aware (brand agnostic), leverage AVX instructions, overhauled QT architecture with no gamma shift, drag-and-drop native editing for all formats, no transcoding or proxies required at any stage, a new lossless codec to upgrade/replace the lossy ProRes 4444, real-time half-debayer for 5K R3Ds on latest mainstream/performance hardware, auto-save mechanism, 32-bit fp color, auto sync for multi-cam / multi-system sound, overhauled sound tools, an easy dynamic link with a much improved Color, native Blu-ray mastering (with the additional hardware, of course), support for ATI Eyefinity to split up the interface over 3 or 4 monitors in a way that radically improves productivity, and finally, stability - eradicate all crashes, or it won't be worth a second look for me. So, those are my minimum expectations if I would even consider switching back from CS5. And it better deliver, it has been far too long.
I wouldn't get my hopes up with the announcement or the app just yet. Yes I'm curious as hell, but not holding my breath.
From MacRumors discussion: Would be grand if all this hype was for iMovie. :-)
Just read this too.
Hope it is true
honestly fcp is pretty stable as offline editor...
no dpx support,
no 10 bit RGB rendering
no proper OMF export
no use of more than 4 GB ram
are all things wich suck badly...
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