When to buy FCPX?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by snerken, Jun 20, 2015.

  1. snerken macrumors newbie

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    This might seem like a silly question, but I'm looking to buy a video editing software, and I've pretty much landed on Final Cut Pro X.

    However I don't want to find myself in a situation where I spend $300 for a software that's soon going to be out-dated.

    I do know the updates (e.g 10.2) are free. However I wonder if Apple are releasing a new version of FCPX anytime soon, that won't be free - like the updates?

    Like, I was buying a new Mac, and thanks to this page I understood waiting was clever, so I waited till Apple released the updated Macbook Pro (with force touch, etc.) - instead of buying the old, but at the time the latest, version of Mac Pro, (that's now an out-dated version).

    Or does it work in a different way with software?

    Cheers!
     
  2. USAntigoon macrumors regular

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    Well, stay tuned and follow the news here and on a more FCPX dedicated website
    http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/news
    It's always a gamble with Apple products.. If you like it and need it, just buy it...
     
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    You can never be sure w/any tech purchase but, honestly, at this point I wouldn't be surprised if Apple never releases a paid upgrade for FCP X.
     
  4. v3rlon macrumors 6502

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    In what way would it be outdated? it handles 4k files now.

    At some point in the future, it WILL be outdated. Something better is always coming. Apple has updated FCPX a few times. They may or may not choose to do so again. If it will handle your projects NOW, isn't that what you need?
     
  5. Unami macrumors 6502a

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    if you think, $300 is a lot, the i'd buy it rather sooner than later - when it first came out, it was just $249.

    as it's approaching feature compleation, i don't think there will be a paid upgrade soon.
     
  6. pat500000 macrumors 604

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    if that's the case..i don't think you really need FCPX... you might want to try iMovie or something.
     
  7. USAntigoon macrumors regular

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    pat500000 makes a valid point..I used iMovie for years before I decided to buy FCPX (after I bought a new iMac with more memory)
    The transition to FCPX was easy...
     
  8. FredT2 macrumors 6502

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    Did you look at the free version of DaVinci Resolve?
     
  9. sarge macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely check out Resolve - unless you're editing 4K footage it's free - and free or not it's pretty fantastic.
     
  10. FredT2 macrumors 6502

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    That depends on how you define 4K. Most cameras that shoot "4K" record at UHD 3840x2160, which you can edit and output in the lite version. So the 4K limitation would not be a limitation to me, but what I don't know is whether the lack of noise reduction tools would be a big deal or not.
     
  11. sarge macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know how or why SMPTE comes up w/these standards but UHD is not 4K just as 1920 is not 2K.
     
  12. FredT2 macrumors 6502

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    Oh I get that, my point simply was that unless you're into pretty high-end cinema kind of projects, DaVinci Resolve Lite might be all one needs.

    As for "4K", it's futile trying to fight the fact that UHD is not really 4K. The DCI may define 4K as 4096x2160, but the video industry almost universally uses 4K for UHD. Most TV sets are advertised as "4K UHD" or just "4K". Sony only uses "4K" for their new A7r II, RX10 II, and RX100 IV, even though all of them are recording at UHD resolution. A review of one of the few cameras that shoots both 4096x2160 and 3840x2160, the Panasonic GH4 says:

    The GH4 brings the GH-line into the 4K age by offering both 16:9 UHD 4K 3840×2160 video at 23.9p, 24p or 29.97p and 17:9 Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) 4K 4096×2160 videos at 24p.
     
  13. sarge macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. And since no one is going to notice the difference in pixels anyhow, its probably worth it to consider shooting future projects in UHD so as not to have to pony up the $995 cost of the full version of Resolve to edit it - if the OP has that option.
     
  14. campyguy macrumors 68030

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    I paid about $239 for my copy of FCPX. :D

    I've followed the 9to5toys and Lifehacker "sales" threads and purchased several iTS cards at a 20% discount. I don't bite at the "10%" or "buy one at full price and get the second one at xx% off" discounts. During one the latest eBay/PayPal "sale", a few weeks ago, I bought two $100 and two $50 cards at the discounted price, and the redeem codes were emailed to me in minutes - and I bought FCPX about an hour later.
     
  15. elemenohme macrumors member

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    If you want to try out FCPX before you buy, Apple has a free trial available for download... https://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/trial/

    It was just recently updated to version 10.2, so it's not as if they've stopped working on the app.

    And if you're not sure you need it, you probably don't.
     

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