Dear Final Cut Pro, I'm thinking about breaking up with you.

I just filled out the Final Cut Pro feedback form. This is the letter I sent:

Final Cut Pro X

Dear Final Cut Pro,

I was in love with you. But… you’ve changed. Sure, you just got that really sweet makeover, and since you started working out you’ve been in really great shape. You’ve got an awesome new color corrector. Those are great things. But what about my needs? I know you think your scopes look best when they’re just to the left of the viewer, but sometimes I need to see the scopes at the same time that I’m looking at the footage full-screen on my second monitor. I love your waveforms, but I also love your vectorscope. Can’t I see them both at the same time? Customization is important to me—you knew that from the very beginning of our relationship.

Ever since the change, you just haven’t been yourself. You used to be all about timecode, but it seems like you barely even think about it anymore. And you’ve been really jealous lately. I know it makes you feel insecure, but sometimes I need to send a timeline to After Effects or export an OMF to Pro Tools. I love you, baby, but you’re being really possessive.

We never go out anymore. You used to pipe video out to my broadcast monitor all the time, remember that? That was one of our favorite things to do. You used to be really friendly with Mackie control surfaces, but now you don’t even talk to them.

It’s not your sleek new interface that bothers me. You’re just as user-friendly as you’ve always been, maybe even more so. It’s just… I know guys say this all the time, but I really mean it: you were way hotter back before your makeover, when you weren’t so wrapped up in appearances, and you were more concerned about doing what you did better than anyone else in the whole world. That’s why I fell in love with you, so many years ago. I used to look into your eyes and feel like with you by my side, anything I could imagine was possible. Now… I hate to say it, but you’ve gotten kind of vain.

It really hurts me to say this, but I think I should see other programs. In fact, I have a date with Premiere Pro this weekend. I understand if you’re angry, but this is just something I have to do for myself.

I can’t bring myself to believe this is the end. I’ve loved you so much, for so long. I just hope you can get your personal problems worked out, because until you do… I guess this is goodbye.

 

Love always,
Andrew

6 thoughts on “Dear Final Cut Pro, I'm thinking about breaking up with you.

  1. Jeeze Dude, it’s software it’s ver. one of the new. Everything improves with a bit of time. Besides, WHEN was the last time you bought Ver.1? Nobody buys them. It’s a fools game.
    “In this down market I’m going to buy and implement software that’s fresh out of BETA. Let’s see if the client notices the delivery slippage”
    I know you don’t buy ver.1. Otherwise you’d be working nights at Denny’s, not editing.
    Were you around when Pshop went from 2 to 2.5 and NOTHING OPENED? Learned my lesson on that one. I’ve been leery ever since.
    It’ll get better. Remember when we all had to chip in and buy so Apple could afford to de-bug OS X and how much fun that was?
    This is a legacy of Apple. Ship the first non-crashing version. Remember?

    • Funny—the splash screen says it’s version 10.

      I wasn’t around for the Photoshop bug of which you speak, but I was around for the switch from FCP5.1/PPC to 5.1/Intel when none of my projects would open. Didn’t bat an eye, because that was a bug. FCPX’s inability to open .fcp projects isn’t a bug, it’s an intentional lack of necessary functionality. I wouldn’t have a problem if it was buggy. I’ve got a problem with Apple’s new objectives for FCP, and with their approach of treating the people who rely on Final Cut Pro to do their jobs with such abject disdain. We can open iMovie projects but not FCP7 projects? Kick me in the groin.

      The legacy of Apple used to be providing powerful, versatile software and hardware tools to creative professionals. Final Cut X is the last nail in that coffin.

  2. Hi there Andrew,
    Thank you for summing up what all of us feel with some passion and humour. Would it be possible for me to post this on the raging FCP X forum on Creative cow? I think us unhappy FCP’ers would love a bit of humour.

    Many thanks
    Jason

  3. Hi there Andrew,
    Thank you for summing up what all of us feel with some passion and humour. Would it be possible for me to post this on the raging FCP X forum on Creative cow? I think us unhappy FCP’ers would love a bit of humour.

    Many thanks
    Jason

    Here is my proposed post.

    It’s been a few years since I have chimed in here…2003, so hello fellow FCP editors!

    Just been reading the reviews on the App Store and this one takes the cake. Before I copy and paste it I’d like to share with you that I too have been an advocate for FCP since the first version. I am shocked and stunned that it seems we have lost an amazing developed product that really only needed 64bit and some of the new features in FCP X. Can you imagine what FCP could be if it just added all those amazing features? Wouldn’t it be great to switch to Classic view with some of the gear just working in the background? Customizable GUI colours? (My eyes can’t handle white on Black for to long)

    Anyway, let’s hope that from all this change, that change could be great if “our” FCP engineers listen and not abandon what Apple should be proud of, that was FCP. It was once the Jewel of the crown for the company.

    This is a copy from Andrew Gingerich from the App store posted today June 21, 2011.

    Here it is….

    {Quoted text}

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