@LumaForge Never. Because of how Apple handled the *surprise* killing of their Final Cut Pro 7 in Final Cut Studio 3. No planning, no consultation. Just a midnight "not available anymore" shocking surprise. They roll out FCP-X (which should have been named iMovie Pro, as it was far from
@LumaForge 2/ being "Pro." Because Apple forgot: You can't treat the Pro market – where millions of dollars of media, deadlines, and access to archives/legacy is critical – like you do the consumer market being iGadget. #Apple didn't want any input on making the iPod or Iphone…
@LumaForge 3/ THEY wanted to show US what a music or phone could be. That worked. With editing, it was long established that a timeline (with separate tracks) was the best way to edit non-linearly, and having two "monitor" windows – emulating video linear editing: one for source and one
@LumaForge 4/ for the master timeline being edited – was the best, practical and efficient way to cut. Yet, FCP-X was rolled out with only ONE window. It took a very long time for Apple to admit they were wrong and fix that. Had they consulted with the troops on the front line, they
@LumaForge 5/ wouldn't have made that mistake in the first place. They removed any possibility of Blu-ray drives from their computers because of a Steve Jobs ego/price war with Sony; by contrast, they launched #FinalCutPro into success largely on the then-popular DV/Mini-DV craze based on
@LumaForge 6/ a collaboration with Sony, their cameras, and the ease-to-connect-and-use FireWire 400 interface.

FCP-X was not network friendly. Tell that to Disney/ABC editing and IT departments who suddenly had over 2,600 editing rooms that could not be upgraded on a network – you had to
@LumaForge 7/ install FCP-X one room at a time.

They removed any backward compatibility with FCP-7, as if yesterday's edit didn't matter. Last month's TV show didn't matter. Editing the "Year in Review" this holiday season? Tough luck –
@LumaForge 8/ you can't access all the editing you did for the year. And forget going back into all the work in the library/archive you built trusting Apple and Final Cut Pro's legacy ... they REMOVED RS-422 control, so you could not control VTRs (tape decks) to load in material.
@LumaForge 9/ Almost EVERYTHING is archived on tape. Hard drives die without warning and are not deep storage solutions. Even LTO is, uh, TAPE! When I do the an anniversary special for a network on a show, I need to get every episode of, say, Saturday Night Live, BACK into the system.
@LumaForge 10/ Now, most of us know how to drive. Even if we go to a foreign country and the labels in a car are in an unknown language, we know where the ignition is. We know the turn signal. We know the gas pedal and brakes.

FCP-X took the user interface and changed everything.
@LumaForge 11/ Any editor trained in Avid Media Composer, could jump on Final Cut Pro legacy, Grass Valley Edius, Sony Catalyst, Adobe Premiere Pro, Media 100, Lightwerks and know the gas pedal and brakes – they were universal and recognizable. Editors know how to get from here-to-there.
@LumaForge 12/ But imagine I were to tell you that to turn on your left-turn signal, you had to tap the back of the seat 3 times, tap your left foot down twice, press 2 new buttons above the radio, and touch your nose. You'd have a new learning curve that did not make you a better editor.
@LumaForge 13/ That was/is Final Cut Pro-X. The same way that cocky Apple no longer listened to Pros is what caused the disaster that is the MacPro ashtray/trashcan with no room for expandable card slots. Duh.

So as someone who has edited for the Oscars® and Primetime Emmys®, I ask,
@LumaForge 14/ Final Cut Pro-X does some amazing things, and third-party companies have added to its wow factor. But the trust is broken. And it still "fights" you on getting from here-to-there. It is not good in a multi-user environment working on the SAME project. It is not broadcast-
@LumaForge 15/ deadline oriented. I can load the VERY FIRST AVID/1 project and timeline into the current Avid, and it will still open and play, so I can access that 1989-1991 edit list.

One day, many editors will need to access the 2016-2019 edits they have done. Final Cut Pro 11
@LumaForge 16/ won't care, if Apple does the same thing.

Imagine if digital video came first, and 35mm film was the new tech invented only in 2018. Does your iPhone charger from 5 years ago work with the phone TODAY? Will your program from 3 years ago work with Apple's latest OS?
@LumaForge 17/ No. So we would have lost access forever to Citizen Kane, Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and yes, even the 70s' Star Wars – if that were the case.

We work on the final edited masters that go into the archives which are a record of our cultural heritage. For #Apple
@LumaForge 18/ to be so dismissive, careless and flippant about it is unacceptable. Losing your kid's wedding footage may not be a cultural loss or priceless scale.

Losing what we create for the world to see, is.
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