It’s become one of the film world’s great pastimes to sit around and hate on what Apple did with Final Cut Pro X. Upon its launch, you would have thought Apple had come in and kidnapped every editor’s first born child. And, let’s be honest, the FCPX launch was not Apple’s finest moment. I still really believe that if Apple had introduced FCPX as Beta software and not immediately discontinued what was at the time (and in some ways still is) the best edit software on the market (Final Cut 7), people would have been really excited about X’s potential, and would have really enjoyed playing around with it instead of calling it an atrocity and affront to humanity.
This sums up the situation exactly. The calamity of the launch was not simply the ‘missing’ features from FCPX, but the combination of that and the sudden EOL of Final Cut Pro 7. FCPX is a great system, one I like more than 7 (which I’m still working in) but Apple’s actions went a long way to destroying any confidence people might have in them.