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1 September 2013

CreativePact (18 posts)

Looping video techniques and Apple's divisive video editor Final Cut Pro X will be the focus of this year's CreativePact exploration.

Final Cut Pro X hampers progress


At the beginning of this project I noted that a significant part of it was to jump in with Final Cut Pro X. It has been 18 days and I haven't talked much about the software, so here it goes (and here is why I have no creative results today).

As far as editing goes I really don't mind FCPX. There are some lazy bugs relating to the timeline zoom control, but it has done everything I've asked of it (not that I've pushed it too hard). Applying effects and transitions is easy, as is retiming a clip to run faster, slower or in reverse.

The larger problems I've had with FCPX is with the importing workflow. I've been importing files from the Finder, and up to now it has been fine. But today I have been trying to import a new clip and it plays back jerkily – and I have no idea what I can do to rectify the problem.

The clip came from a Quicktime Player export, and it plays back fine in the Quicktime Player. But FCPX insists on processing it on import, and then offers up daft project settings when the imported clip is moved to a new project. Subsequent playback is jerky and pixelated, like the FPS value is wrong.

Hence no real progress today. And little useful support info on the web – the Apple forums are chocked with sloppy questions and poor answers. Will have to return to it with a clear mind tomorrow.