Side by Side Comparison: FCP7 vs FCPX

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Alan asks: I’ve learned to use and love FCP7 and thinking of upgrading over to FCPX… or is it an upgrade? Does it have all of the same features? is it faster? effects are all there? I would like to see a side by side comparison. Thanks!

Answer: Two guys from Clearhead Media took the time to do a non-scientific comparison of the two and came up with some very interesting results:

Clearhead // FCP7 vs FCPX Deathmatch! from Clearhead on Vimeo.

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We have played with and given feedback on FCP X here (

But we wanted to do a side-by-side comparison compared to FCP 7. So we got the same clip and a few different audio tracks and created a race. A race to upload to Vimeo!

Take a look. The results are pretty surprising!


This is by no means a scientific test.

Music is John Williams : Star Wars (The Imperial March) and in no way affiliated to the film.


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