Pinwheel of Doom
We’ve been editing our Visual Law Project film The Worst of the Worst on Final Cut Pro X. And I use the word “editing” lightly because what we’re mostly doing is waiting for that infuriating pinwheel to stop spinning.
I don’t think I can go into a rant that’s too detailed until much later. (It’s… it’s too soon…) But needless to say, this has been an excruciating process trying to edit this film. Volumes have already been written about the new FCP X and it’s shortcomings, and much of it is about very drastic changes in professional work flow and functionality. That holds for me, as well, but my biggest complaint is speed. I know that I’m not the only one who has encountered the following problem: after every single move – shifting the timeline, changing the volume level, or inserting a clip – the pinwheel comes up for 15-30 seconds.
Now, that doesn’t seem like much to get all tied up into knots about, but imagine that I do hundreds and hundreds of small moves an hour – those lost minutes add up. But it’s more about momentum. It would be like writing an email and after every sentence you have to wait 30 seconds. It would be enough to make you resort to actually calling someone on the phone.
And this isn’t because we have an old system – far from it. We bought a brand new iMac that was configured only for using FCP X by Apple’s own standards back in November. We’re also using the highest speed drive – G-Raid 7200 rpm drive.
So this is partially why the film isn’t done yet. I can’t extrapolate just how much time has been wasted on what I believe is Apple’s worst piece of software ever made, but it has to add up to an order of weeks lost.
Okay, so it was a small little rant.