If there is one person that can tell you about the success of Final Cut Pro in Europe, it is Ronny Courtens. Essential viewing for anybody who works in post production, whatever side of the pond you live.
In Josh Beal's presentation, he explored why Hollywood should reconsider using Final Cut Pro X for narrative television. It's funny that he had to specify Hollywood. That's because Final Cut Pro X is doing very well in Europe. Dozens of huge projects are being cut in FCPX as you read this article.
Back in 2013, I attended Light Iron's OUTPOST University. There Michael Cioni revealed that their brand new tech solutions did better in the rest of the world than they did in Hollywood. This has largely been our experience at LumaForge as well. While adoption of new technology does take place in Hollywood, it takes longer.
Europe, on the other hand, seems to move very quickly. Currently the BBC, Metronome, BlazHofski, VGTV, and Swiss National Television (RTS) are all working in Final Cut Pro X for their broadcast television operations. The reasons for their move to FCPX vary. For some it is about specific tools within Final Cut. For others, it is about the ease of use and short learning curve for new editors.
Ronny Courtens has been involved in getting many of these shows up and running in Final Cut. During NAB, he gave a great presentation about WHY Final Cut Pro X is so hot in Europe. According to Ronny, it is largely due to speed, stability, realtime performance, and unique organizing and search functionality.
Patrick taught FCPX as a Trainer at an Apple Store in Tulsa, Oklahoma when it came out in 2011. He in now an Editor and Assistant Editor in Los Angeles and is Chief Workflow Officer at LumaForge.
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