Hi guys just to say that this is a bit of a rant because I just had to give up on FCP X today and had to resort back to FCP 7 and it has all been written in the heat of the moment! I have read all the pro's take on FCP X and the majority feeling is that Apple has let us down. I decided to take every comment with a pinch of salt and after downloading it tried it for myself. I downloaded it with no issue and install was a breeze however, that is where my problems started. Below is a list of the problems that I have so far encountered. This isn't an exhaustive list but it's the problems that annoyed me enough to remember them as I write this: For a start it wouldn't place nicely with a camera I had been given footage on. The camera didn't work in FCP 7 either though After I had installed all 576 clips! (About 50gb of DV material) I decided to allow it to analyse them with all the boxes checked. It got to 100% of analysing audio and then force quit. I then reloaded to notice that it hadn't stored any data for the video (people, shot type, stabilisation) and I was unable to tell if it had done anything for the audio. I couldn't find a "black and white" 'This clip has been analysed' and I didn't want to waste more time so I continued. I then keyworded all the clips which was actually a good experience but I found it annoying that I couldn't seem to drag any clips into folders I created and I was only able to drag the smart collections into folders. After keywording every clip I started to try and lay down a base edit. This was not possible due to all the beach balling that was occuring. I decided to copy all the media across to an external drive as I hadn't before (yes I should have before). I then had a lot of trouble opening the project using the media on the external drive and I am still not quite sure how I did it. FCP X would never show both events on the internal and external hard drive and instead only one or the other and I'm not sure how I managed to get it to work in the end. I also found it annoying that when you click and drag a clip it selects in and out points and doesn't actually move the clip meaning you have to click and click again to move it if you want the whole clip and don't want to pick in and outs. I like parts of the magnetic timeline but I don't like the fact that I can't drag something into the middle. It has to jump to the start so for instance I wanted to start my project with just sound but at first was unable to. So I had to generate a black background before I could lay down the sound with gaps as I wanted. I then spent probably 2 hours constructing a 30 second sequence which would have taken about 10 mins in FCP 7 Controlling opacity is a nightmare as now you have to push several buttons just to get to the controls and once you have made a keyframe you can't move it in the x and y direction at the same time it is only one or the other. However, I later found that you can drag a fader similar to on the audio and it will fade out a clip and always keep the fade out at the end if you change the duration. My sequence also had quite a few slowing down of clips. I was a big fan of the quick and simple cmd+j in FCP 7 and found retiming a bit difficult at first as there was no way to input say 60%. You would have to input 50% from the drop down menu and drag the retime bar to get it to 60% and then shorten the clip. Also when ramping the speed you can only have 4 increments so you can't be that accurate and it doesn't look great. Optical flow within FCP is a nice addition though. Along the way I had a lot of trouble with gaps and compound clips but they are quite difficult to explain. I also quite often mark the audio track to sync cuts to the beat. I was annoyed to find that if you mark the audio track the blade tool won't snap to it unless the playhead is on it as well which is a pain! I then wanted to add a title as the main reason I wanted FCP X is quite a lot of the generic effects that would impress some people that I make videos for. But this is where I lost it as the text effect was a fly in style effect and I wanted to text items to fly in one after the other. This worked but then there was a long black gap afterwards as the default setting used 3 text inputs (and I had left the third field blank). I decided to use the blade tool to cut out the black and the title just adjusted the duration of each text fly in so there was still the same proportion of black. At this point after knowing I could work a lot faster in FCP 7 I gave up and started to write this as a mini rant to try and justify the hours I have wasted on FCP X today. In short. I will probably enjoy using FCP X for short narratives with not that many short clips and where not that much fine tuning in the edit is necessary as I am sure it will work much faster that FCP 7. However, for larger projects with many tracks of both audio and video FCP X quickly becomes very cluttered as you can't decide where the items go they just bounce above and below your clips. For the moment I will keep FCP X ticking over but I don't see it as a replacement for FCP 7. You may say that this is obvious as this has been widely stated all around. But being a small time student editor I don't have access to broadcast monitors every day, I don't work of tape and I don't use multicam so FCP X could have worked but unfortunately it just doesn't at the moment.