ben_balser_fcpx_training

You might be familiar with Ben already as he is a regular contributor to our popular Final Cut Pro X forum right here on FCP.co. He's launched a new tutorial series on managing media for FCPX.

As more time elapses from the launch of Final Cut Pro X back in June, more print and video tutorials are appearing on the market. Ben's new set of tutorials are called 'Managing Media' and can be downloaded from the MacProVideo website for $19.50 or for a $25.00 a month subscription you'll get wide access to 280 tutorials on the site. A subscription will also include access to Michael Wohl's set of FCPX tutorials.

Ben Balser is a certified Final Cut Trainer, so he knows his stuff and looking at the three free preview extracts from the course, he presents in a clear and informative way.

We found Ben's comments interesting in a recent interview when he was asked about his thoughts on FCPX and the recent update.

"I think it’s a fantastic update. It solidifies that Apple is very committed to the pro market. Everything this update brought to the table is of absolutely no use to what we’d typically consider the "iMovie user". So, anybody who calls it "iMovie Pro" really needs to sit down and learn it. I mean, it’s a fantastic application. In the Final Cut user group I run here I’ve heard people say it’s not a version 1, it’s a version 10. But that’s not how Apple works. This is version 1, just like from OS 9 to OS X, where OS X was version 1 of a completely new system. But version 1 of anything always misses features, has growing pains and a few bugs. This isn’t any different.

What is different is FCP X treats digital media like digital media and not like celluloid negatives we have to cut and glue together. This is a paradigm shift I’m more than happy someone finally did. My biggest gripe has been, when teaching FCP, that we’re following procedures that are followed by a negative cutter on celluloid film, but we’re·not cutting on celluloid film. Why does every project have to start at one hour? That was from the days of celluloid film edit decision lists [where timecode] had to start at one hour so they could backtime things and not shift all those timecodes down for the negative cutter. If you’re working with digital files there’s no need for that anymore.

Then there’s Bins. Having physical folders that I have to drag stuff into and if I want in another folder needs to be duplicated and dragged into other folders, that is based on physical reels of film having to go into physical metal bins and putting gaffers tape on stuff and writing on this stuff. You know, why do we still use that if we’re dealing with digital files that have metadata that we can just click on to organize? I love that Apple is finally treating digital media as digital media.

That’s what the·Media Management tutorial is all about: The huge paradigm shift that everybody needs to make and how we need to do it. We don’t need to do things based on the negative cutting paradigm which was all done to make it easier for people to adapt to a digital world: making it what they were used to. But now, very few of us using NLEs have really touched celluloid film so there’s no need to work according to their rules. And now that Apple have made this paradigm shift, I’ll bet 12 months from now you’ll see Adobe and Avid using metadata in a similar way to how Apple has done it."

We shall see where the other NLE manufacturers stand in a years time!