Apple stumbled when the company pushed the old Final Cut Studio out the door and replaced it with Final Cut Pro X a few years ago. I switched and don’t regret it, but many others found the new version to be lacking. That’s no longer the case. David Tillman:
Slowly but surely I acquiesced. I fell in love with having the audio tied to the video, instead of somewhere down below. I used the Q key to insert new material with reckless abandon. I wondered how I ever found footage before without FCPX’s thumbnail view, without being able to quickly skim through hours of footage, easily tag items with keywords and mark favorites. Finding stills in the browser was a joy since I could make the thumbnails as large as I wanted to without them becoming so pixelated they were unrecognizable… After two weeks or so, I found myself strangely excited to open up my project – I mean “Library” — in FCPX, in a way I hadn’t felt in years. There was an ease to the interface, a warm fuzziness to the magnetic timeline and an excitement to doing this thing I’d been doing hours on end for years, but thinking about it in a new way that seemed to break down mental barriers. I informed the executive producers, Chuck and Stephen — I was on board with FCPX – there would be no going back.
One day, for an unrelated job, I needed to open an old project that had been edited in FCP7. It was like opening up a time capsule. The interface felt so outdated, it was physically shocking. I was taking a sip of coffee at the time, and some of it wound up coming out of my nose.
Learning is hard.