As a video editor, Final Cut Pro played an important role in my life. It connected me to my purpose and made so many of my ideas into a reality. I was intimidated by the software at first but when I clicked to open it, there was something magical about it. I was about to make something.
In 2003, when I would meet someone new and told them I was an editor, they thought I meant for authors. I had to explain, I was an editor for stories that are visual a video editor. Me and Final Cut, we’ve been through a lot; trails, victories, failures, and shared many enlightening moments. Since I was 23, I have opened up the little back and white icon with great anticipation.
You can see why it was hard for me to move on to a new editing software. But I was starting to have hard times with Final Cut. It was closing on me, not exporting correctly, it was making me fall behind. It was when I saw one of my editors on the team working in Final Cut, I knew it was up to me as the video director, to lead us in to a new era and learn Premiere even though I was animus towards it.
The following Monday, I put on my headphones and got ready to absorb Premiere. After day three, I was excited for the future. The program knew how to handle my footage, export options where limitless, and the ability to change short keys got me excited. Now I could adjust the program to match how my fingers edit. Premiere was no longer scary.
Day four, I exported my first video, tested it on our switcher and announced to the team we officially are switching over. We accelerate our post production by no longer having to use After Effects for basic work.
I am proud of my team, we have all switch over in less than a month. We are ready for the new adventures, trails, success and everything that comes with editing. It was time to make the switch. Hard to believe a little bit of fear refrain me for so long. It’s hard to let go of the familiar, but have to in order to develop. RIP FCP.