Premiere Pro Vs FCPX – Updated NLE’s
If you’ve been following the NAB 2013 announcements you’ll know that Adobe is making steady strides towards the professional post-production market with plenty of new features that editors have been requesting for quite some time.
Also in the run up to NAB Apple went on a charm offensive; getting some articles in the LA Times about FCPX and releasing some new ‘pro user case studies‘ on their site. This came in the midst of a small update to FCPX 10.0.8.
So where does that put the humble editor searching for another NLE to learn? Well in a holding pattern for the minute. Adobe’s features aren’t yet available and there is hope that Apple might announce a few new things in the next few months after NAB. Larry Jordan has his own inklings about the next FCPX update:
I expect the next update to Final Cut Pro X to contain major new features, but be built on the same foundation as the current FCP X. I also think it is likely that a new, supporting application will be released at the same time. Logic is the application that comes first to mind, as audio is still a major hole in FCP X.
The best updates to FCPX 10.0.8 are:
- Support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution
- Option to display ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 colour and contrast level
The Sony XAVC codec will allow editors to work with Sony’s F5 & F55 cameras in 4K.
What’s new in Premiere Pro?
The updates that Adobe have made have gotten a lot (pre-prepared) bloggers salivating. For an in-depth review check out Scott Simmons PVC report or Strypes in Post on LAFCPUG or Clay Asbury on Premium Beat. Studio Daily has a broader overview of the whole suite of Adobe’s updates. For the official update list check out Adobe’s official site.
Paste Attributes is an amazing time-saver that I often use in FCP7 so its nice to see it’s being finessed in all the other NLE’s (except Avid of course)
Scott Simmons recorded this two part interview with Al Mooney about the new features in Premiere.
Retooled.net has a whole host of short videos that walk you through the new features:
Single Sequence XML
New Timeline Panel
Multicam Syncing based on Audio
Audio Clip Mixer
Five New Keyboard Shortcuts
Trim to Zero Duration
Sorting in Icon View
Snapping to the playhead
Smart Render for Pro Res & Preview
Ripple to Playhead
New Nest Behaviours
Join Through Edits
Duplicate Frame Detection
Symmetrical Transition Trims
For previous posts on Premiere and FCPX battling it out and for some funny videos on both NLE’s check out these previous posts: