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Old Dec 13, 2012, 10:26 AM   #1
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Getting past the "iMovie on Steroids" whines

I teach video production in a high school. I was able upgrade a lab that was running Windows machines running Sony Vegas and WMM and could only really handle SD video, so I upgraded to Mac. However, due to Apple being... Apple... I could not get FCP 7. I went with Final Cut X instead of other software.

Which in the minds of the students is a HUGE mistake.

Teens are good at cherry picking what they want to see. For example... The ones that download cracked versions of Premiere at home are always telling me about how the movie industry is moving like a hurricane to Premiere because of some blog they read. So of course, all the negative feedback on the release of Final Cut X is what sticks out in their minds. Plus, there are quite a few visual similarities to iMovie, which to the kids is negative.

Cracking Premiere apparently seems to be easier than a drunk blonde cheerleader at a party, because many of them seem to have done it, and many of them swear by premiere. I have a couple stubborn kids who long for the days of Vegas, as well as the Windows lab they could bring their little exe files in that could run administrative stuff under student security settings and the like.....

In any event, its not my first rodeo, but even I grow tired of the kids whining for anything other than Final Cut X. I have talked to other teachers in my area at the HS level, and FCX has a hugely poor rep among kids. Students respected Final Cut 7, but have no love for X. Any ideas on how I can reason with the less than reasonable and get them to be more open minded about X, or is using Final Cut X like pissing into the wind in terms of preparing kids for industry and perhaps I should jump ship to AVID or something along those lines?

Any thoughts or feedback, because I am out of ideas in my room.
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