Top 10 Things I Will Miss About FCP

Little Frog in High Def by Shane Ross

I started this blog in 2005, when I made my leap from editing on an Avid in standard definition…to editing with FCP in high definition…thus the name Little Frog in High Def (Little Frog being my Indian name from my youth). This blog was me talking about my foray into the world of HD specifically using Final Cut Pro…for broadcast TV shows. A diary of my successes and my failures…lessons I wanted to share so that people could learn from my…well, successes and failures.

So now, with the EOL of FCP and me moving back to using Avid Media Composer…and Adobe Premiere…I’d like to list off my 10 favorite things about FCP that I will miss. My favorite features that made me love the application. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still use it for a while, my current job as a matter of fact most likely will use it for a few more years. Companies out here tend to do that…use what they have because it works…until it no longer works (in some cases, even when it doesn’t work). I post these in hopes that the other NLE makers will see them and go “yeah, that’s a cool feature” and try to incorporate it into their future releases.

Here are the top 10 favorite features that I’ll miss in FCP…in no particular order:

1. Resolution independence. I like that I can add HD to an SD sequence, and it works fine. 720p in a 1080p sequence look fine too. And I can take 1080, put it into a 720p sequence, and scale and reposition to show what I want to show. Adobe has this too…Avid does not. If I put a 1080p clip into a 720p project…it becomes 720p. read more...

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