TOPIC: No clue what I'm doing... time? pointers?
A little background (it's got words a plenty):
I bought a camcorder and fcpx last summer with the intent of
filming and editing very basic instructional videos related
to a business I ultimately passed on. When I heard all
the complaints of FCPX being "imovie pro" and saw the price...
I was sold!
Around December, I got bored and decided to make one or two asinine videos
for my own entertainment. And entertained I was...
Previously, I had a very long-standing hobby/ somewhat professional affair
with music production (in general). Thus, I had a fair amount of introduction (but no
experience using) to the Final Cut/Vegas/Premiere revolution. My impression of
Final Cut, specifically, was as follows:
"You locked up your computer for 30 hours worth of rendering over that cheesy
lens flare? Have fun with that, bro."
It's 2012, and the tables have certainly changed. I completely understand why
many are in a huff over FCPX (aside from OMF/XML/tape omissions). However, for the virgin: it's not only ridiculously intuitive; it's much more reminiscent of doing things the "manual way".
When I was exposed to modern video editing, I didn't quite understand why it looked
like protools. Editing video is not mixing muli-track audio. Outside of actual compositing...why the need of all these tracks on top of each other? When you
move something, everything is out of sync; smpte, frame rates...headaches! :0
When I saw iMovie, I thought it made perfect sense for the market. It feels
like splicing together film, without all the actual work. People will get that. Cool.
When I saw FCPX, I said, "holy crap, they put the merits of the two together!".
So, I guess I'm the FCPX market, eh?
In the process, I noticed a few other exciting things... go check out the going
rate of an audio "plugin". $500 for a compressor plugin? $1,000 for a "channel
strip emulation". Don't forget, it legitimately doesn't sound so hot without
a few hundred thousand dollars in old beaten up consoles, microhone and outboard gear (millions new); nor thousands to millions in sound isolation.
So you mean to tell me, you can buy professional plugins for $30 a pop or
a few hundred $$ for an entire bundle? You mean to tell me I can go on this forum and
get loads of great tools...for free? You mean to tell me that you can actually
really really really do the bulk of the work on a computer? It's not just a myth (as it applies to most everything else)? You mean to tell me that I'm going to get ALL of the adobe products for $50 a month? You mean to tell me you can use a ...ahem..RHODE? mic; and that's cool? You mean to tell me that with a t2i and a few old pentax lenses.......
Suffice: A.) I'm having fun B.) I'm considering it may be worth taking this all a bit seriously.
I've got a fandangled DSLR on the way, with standard variety Takamura, Helios, and Yashica lenses and a had for cheap bogen. My G5 is a dinosaur, and I'm killing my 2010 Macbook Pro; so waiting to find out what Apple is going to do so that I can weigh my options (used 2009 8 core?).
I've been editing together videos, with no seriousness attached, since about January.
I'm going to save you a lot of trouble: You'll find a lot of intentionally long and gawdy intros, titles, and credit rolls combined with poorly executed effects. That was part of the joke. I also had limited footage to work with.
So, I understand I'm making it difficult for everyone when asking for criticism. What I want to know is where my weaknesses (and strengths, if I truly have any) are in regard to things that a noob shouldn't know anything about. I know my white balance is no good. What else? I sincerely, and humbly, know nothing of the "do's and don'ts". So, if anyone has the time and words to chime....my greatest appreciation.
Here we go!
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