Wow, another video that smacks us over the head with a piece of information about FCP & FCPX that leaves us stunned. Looks like Apple thought their completed 64bit FCP8 was a dead end.
We have had this on the backburner for a week or so and planned to post it as an example of an educational establishment considering the NLE options out there and then purchasing FCPX. We don't know why we missed it the first time but at 15:41 Richard Harrington says-
"There was a Final Cut 8 and it was 64bit and it was done and they looked at it and said 'This is not what we want to do, this is evolutionary, this is not revolutionary' and they killed it."
These are not our words, we're just transcribing them from the video and in our bad journalism style it is the only source of the information. We have taken Rich's line at face value and have no reason to disbelieve him.
***Updated*** Another video gets yanked from Vimeo or YouTube, funny it has been published for over a week, but it now sits behind a password. Looking through the comments we certainly don't think it was an off the cuff remark taken out of context. The video's gone though and although we managed to download it, we're not going to repost. We will just have to let you make your mind up whether this was a bit of inside knowledge leaking out or an inflated rumour dressed up for impact.
The video is from the Television, Internet & Video Association of Washington DC·(TIVA),·a local not-for-profit organisation serving the needs of the growing Washington/Baltimore media production community. It features three panelists, from left to right we have Nicole Haddock, editor and the TIVA Chair, Richard Harrington, CEO of Rhed Pixel and Larry Engel, Filmmaker in Residence at American University. It was Larry's and the University's decision to train all new students on FCPX which was the original newsworthy reason why we were going to post the video.
The video is worth a watch through, it's an hour and forty five long, but a lot of good points are made, including that rather 'jaw dropping' remark about the deceased FCP8. We especially liked Rich's chat from 1:30:00 onwards including his description of how to write an Apple Pro Training Book. Powerful stuff.