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Conan O'Brien editors publicly slam Final Cut Pro X

updated 09:20 am EDT, Fri June 24, 2011

Backlash makes late-night TV

Late-night comedy show Conan has taken the unusual step of satirizing Final Cut Pro X. A skit from the latest episode (see below) features members of the show's production team supposedly praising the new video editing suite. The clip itself is badly edited though, with sudden cuts, missing titles, out-of-sync audio and shifting color and lighting.

While the sketch is tongue-in-cheek, it does reflect growing criticism of Pro X amongst professionals. The software is missing some commonly-expected features, such as support for older Final Cut project files, or output to tape, which is used by TV studios. Some of these gaps could be filled in future updates.




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  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Wow...Apple

    I am not going to update any sooner. This is not good!

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  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -20

    You know...

    ...you've run out of fresh material when you satirize a video editing software.

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    funny

    very edgy editing

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    10,000 vs 100,000

    Does Apple care if 10,000 pro's drop the software and 100,000 amateurs buy it?

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +17

    it was just released

    Anyone that has been around a computer for any length of times knows that point zero releases of new software and total revamps is not going to be perfect on day one. That's why the true pros keep their old software around. I still have copies of FCS1 in my archives in case I need it for some older project that won't open right in the later stuff.

    Everything that is missing will be 'fixed' by Apple or picked up by a plug in software in time. We just need to give them the time to do it. After all, this software has been out less than a week. That's not even enough time for these pros to learn the new software and really be ready to use it anyway.

    And before anyone says "they shouldn't have released it if it wasn't ready". They would have gotten slammed for waiting cause that just proves they hate pros and computers. Plus there comes a time when you can't in house test anymore cause you don't have all the various set ups that can live in the wild. And as anyone that has been around computers knows, when you jump in at point zero yes you are part of the testing. It's what we do to help move the progress along

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +21

    Typical head scratcher

    Apple always seems to add Whammies to their otherwise great software with each new version. Whether it's OS X, iWork, iLife, or iTunes, it seems they change something that makes you say "WTF?!"

    Sometimes it's ahead-of-the-curve thinking, but then other times, like this, it's a complete brain phart! No external monitor support, no legacy import, no tape integration...come on!!

    /

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    Hmm...

    The problem isn't that FInal Cut Pro X isn't a 1.0 release, it's that Apple likes to stay silent for days to weeks when stuff like this happens before they ever bother communicating to the press and it infuriates everyone. "Hoping and praying for a fix" does not fly well for professional editors who need this software to do work.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    @Dagamer34

    Apple has already stated that the software is missing key features. Why would they need to speak up about something they have already announced?

    I would look at this as a public beta. Apple is basically saying... "Hey, check out the new designs, play around with the interface, get used to it... we will be adding the missing components soon"

    No one is forced to buy it. Their old software still works fine. I dont see what the issue is.

  1. facebook_Timothy

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    Joined: Jun 2011

    +5

    Apple Exiting Pro Market

    This latest release of Final Cut is just another carefully orchestrated move, part of Apple's exit strategy (read: exodus) from the Pro market. Apple's continuous pissing off of the professional creative community, whom for so many years formed the backbone of Apple, and put them on the map, will eventually come back to bite them in the a**.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Re: it was just released

    Anyone that has been around a computer for any length of times knows that point zero releases of new software and total revamps is not going to be perfect on day one.

    This isn't a question of it having some bugs. This is a question of it missing a boatload of features and capabilities that the previous version had.

    Everything that is missing will be 'fixed' by Apple or picked up by a plug in software in time.

    When? Where? Oh, right, Apple never gives users any information about future plans, so that 'fix' for the missing feature may be next month, next year, or never.

    We just need to give them the time to do it.

    Then Apple should be more up-front on the product they released, it's limitations, and not recommend anyone who actually needs to do PRO work by this new PRO software.

    And before anyone says "they shouldn't have released it if it wasn't ready". They would have gotten slammed for waiting cause that just proves they hate pros and computers.

    No, you see, what most companies do is have real-world people using the software and providing feedback. You have a whole division that talks to your customers and feed them the information up-front. You don't just announce "Hey, look! Buy your new copy of FCP X!" and then expect people to not feel it's a step back (or, in this case, a giant leap back).

    BTW, when Intuit did this to Quicken, they got slammed too. Why, because it took them years to bring out an update that was even less than before. But, at least now Intuit can go "Hey, look, we just followed what Apple does!"

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