Understanding FCPX Workflows
Understanding how a program does what it does, and why it does it, is one of the most valuable things to learn about any new piece of software. It is one thing to know how to make a program do what you want it to do, but understanding what’s happening under the hood is far more valuable as it’s the beginning of finding solutions to unexpected problems, novel workarounds and whole new unimagined workflows
When it comes to FCPX, seemingly more than anyone else on the internet, Sam Mestman is the most passionate advocate for professional creative workflows involving the power of FCPX at their core. He’s written about why he’s starting his new company FCPXWORKS over on FCP.co.
There’s one small issue that we’ve found when it comes to managing change. It’s really hard to feel secure when you’re learning something new, and it takes a while to really see the benefits of a new approach. It’s a leap of faith that many people often don’t have the luxury of taking in a professional environment. The fact is that pro editors need proven solutions and established workflows in order to feel comfortable putting their clients in a new software’s hands. Regardless of how cool some new tool is, it’s only going to be helpful if you know how to use it. FCPWORKS wants to be your crash test dummy. We want to figure out what works and what doesn’t so you never need to be in that situation with a client.
At this recent FCPWORKS event (with some rather classy looking sofas), Sam and many other highly skilled presenters, share how you can make the most of FCPX in your creative workflow. To watch all nine short videos, skip over to the FCPWORKS official site.
Understanding FCPX Under The Hood
In another Sam Mestman presentation, you can check out this workflow for using FCPX’s metadata capabilities in a feature film workflow. I previously rounded up some other great FCPX workflow resources over on Premiumbeat, so definitely check those out too. Also this post on FCP.co showcases a professional post production workflow centred around FCPX with some amazing results:
In one afternoon, my 21 year old Bulgarian assistant got further ahead processing footage in FCP X than the entire Avid Unity department had gotten to that point in a week. In 5 hours, she had processed, synced, and made Multicam Clips for 7 days of 5k Epic footage within FCP X for a 100 million dollar feature film. Prior to this project, she had no feature film editing credits.