Final Cut Pro X – Worth the switch from Adobe Premiere Pro?

One thing that stands out so far with FCPX is the speed. It loads fast. Works fast. It's just fast, fast, fast.

Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X is here and I’m sure you’ve seen a headline or two about that announcement — Apple has a way of garnering its fair share of attention don’t you think? I was up in Ottawa when Apple made it available on the App store ($299). Although I was enjoying some time away from the connectedness we all so love I managed to grab a few minutes here and there to read some of the early thoughts. Most were simple recaps of the features (magnetic timeline, auto color correction, background ingestion encoding, etc.) and now this morning we’re actually starting to see more substantive reports.

For those that have been following along, the question remains: Is it worth switching from Adobe Premiere Pro?

Although I have a MacBook Pro, I have yet to download the software, and could very well do just that to put it through its paces. I recently upgraded to CS 5.5 and have no issues with it, aside from occasional — and very frustrating — instability (i.e. it crashes, and I get that infinite spinning/waiting Windows 7 icon and need to reboot which costs me about 10 minutes).

One thing that stands out so far with FCPX is the speed. It loads fast. Works fast. It’s just fast, fast, fast.

Many are complaining about the UI which no doubt looks like iMovie’s big brother. Some call it “iMovie Pro” It doesn’t bother me.

I’ll be looking for more in-depth reviews from some of the video and film guys out there as I continue to evaluate whether I should make the jump. Regardless if I do or not, new computer hard will be involved, with the two options as follows:

1. Final Cut Pro X / iMac 27″ i7 ($2199)

or

2. Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5 / DIY 27″ PC i7, Nvidia (about $1900)

Here’s one of the better videos I found of an somewhat (admitted) rambling tour. What I like about it is he walks through it for the first time and provides a helpful, on-going commentary:

Example of some of my work with Premiere Pro

Warp Stabilization: Before and After

The decision process continues…

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  • Dante Corbett

    Hey Man, I Would Love To Work With You. I Love This Video. Im in NYC for the summer, i study mass communications. I’ve Shot a few events so far since i been here. Contact me – dante.corbett@gmail.com

  • Stay with Adobe folks! I’m a FCP editor and this thing Apple calls FCPX is not FCP! It’s iMovie Pro!!!   

    • Dante Corbett

      Yeah i feel the same about what i see. iMovie Pro seems to fit it better. Might As well change the name before they get to carried away.

    • Shane Yeager

      Adobe just has their shit together. Plain and simple. They aren’t fighting a 3 front war between computer, program, and product sales. They just make programs that 98% of the time work with out crashes.

  • Kenbrec

    This is a glorified iMovie and not Final Cut Pro! That’s the first myth that should be dealt with first, because it’s based on iMovie Code. If you had years of investment in Final Cut-Apple, couldn’t you at least had a better UI than iMovie? The second myth here is that Apple has not seriously worked on this software for more than a year, because it’s full of missing features found in Final Cut Pro 7. Apple should be ashamed of itself!! This software doesn’t even compete with Sony Vegas let alone Premiere Pro and there isn’t much ‘Pro’ features to be even called its predecessor’s name. I’ve been using Final Cut Pro since 2000 and had 2 years of it in film school and use it to make a living. Apple released Motion 1 and it was a ready product. They released OS X for Intel and it was a ready product, etc. I will turned to Adobe. I’ve been holding off on Premiere Pro, but there is no holding back now. This reminds me of the days when Apple had no cutting edge professional video app…….how history repeats itself!

  • Doodah

    No, definitely not worth it.

  • Wills4free

    screw Final cut pro X. I do appreciate the new speed and all that but the simple fact is you don’t have full control of your tracks and audio. And why the crap is soundtrack and other suites not included in the release? And one major problem is it’s inability to import XML. 

  • C Necuze

    Final Cut Pro X should really be called iMovie Pro.

  • Anonymous

    HOLD ON… I started reading your column to get the promise of the headline and the sub-head

    Final Cut Pro X – Worth the switch from Adobe Premiere Pro?
    One thing that stands out so far with FCPX is the speed. It loads fast. Works fast. It’s just fast, fast, fast.What BUSINESS do you have writing this “article”??When I read this statement from you I was astonished!”Although I have a MacBook Pro, I have yet to download the software, and could very well do just that to put it through its paces. ”

    Then as far as a COMPARISON ARTICLE you have NOTHING RELEVANT TO SAY!  Even if you work on Premiere Pro you do not qualify to write an article like this– “Worth the switch?”– when you have not actually set up and USED FCP X!

    Is this the new “blogger journalistic standard”?

    Read some other people’s reviews and try to somehow answer the question for YOUR readers?

    Install it, work with, and THEN give us your opinion.  NOTHING you have to say is valid for the premise of this column.  

    You should retitle this whole article to something more accurate and truthful such as–

    Here’s some links and quotes of what Other People are Saying about FCP X .

  • Bankman2

    You’re being funny – right?
    I suppose if all you want to do is drop together a quick proof of concept on a single workstation for your friends and family. Sure its Fast and Easy and Slick. But what happens when you want to work in teams? You could with FCP7.. not with this. Just a shame.

  • Fredrik Lundqvist

    “Worth the switch from Premiere?” That’s like asking if it’s worth switching from a huge pickup truck to a Mini Cooper. Sure, if you don’t plan on doing some serious work then go with the Mini. If you’re asking the question, you probably won’t notice the difference anyway.