avidvsfcpYesterday Apple released their first update to Final Cut Studio in over 2 years, and I am thrilled!  Why, you may ask, do I care about the latest iteration of Final Cut when I haven’t used FCP in over 3 years?  The answer: competition.  Every substantial release of a non-linear editing application raises the bar for each of its peers, forcing them to consider integrating the better features of competing products and innovate to produce stellar new features that will hopefully tip the scales in their favor next time an editor or post house is looking to make a major software purchase.  Without the NLE “arms race” Media Composer wouldn’t be blessed with the “Select All to the Right” feature (which I use practically all the time now), and Apple would not have included a large timecode window, color-coded markers that automatically ripple through the timeline, an equivalent to the “Remove Match Frame Edits” command, and an offline HD codec in their latest version of Final Cut (see the complete list of new features here). (more…)

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