A few months on from the release of Final Cut Pro X, we thought we would take a look at what you can do or need once you've bought FCPX. Content, tutorials, books and videos all await.
Looks like there was a similar minded person in Cupertino on Sunday when we drafted this post as Apple published a Knowledge Base article of FCPX resources. We are very pleased to be listed in the blog section by Apple as "Comprehensive resource for Final Cut Pro news, reviews, and training."
With that billing we had better get on with it then! Start the countdown music even though we are not doing this in reverse order.
You've bought FCPX, now what should you do?
1) Purchase Motion & Compressor and download additional content
2) Read the Apple FCP7 to FCPX White Paper
3) Read the unofficial graphic enhanced manual for FCPX
4) Purchase the official FCPX & Motion training books
Want to go a bit deeper into the workings of the applications? Then take a look at the official third party publications. It might be Michael Wohl's Advanced Editing book you desire or Mark Spencer's Motion book that is the basis of certification, Peachpit have an excellent range for you to choose from.
5) Watch as many free FCPX and Motion tutorials as you like on YouTube & Vimeo
6) Purchase video tutorials
7) Watch the Color Grading Central 15 part series on grading within FCPX
8) Download free FCPX & Motion effects
9) Buy plugins for more effects
The supplied effects within FCPX won't cover everything you want to do. There are now companies who have released Final Cut Pro X compatible plugins. There were three vendors who had products advertised on Apple's FCPX page on the day of its launch.
10) Buy more RAM and a new graphics card
So there you go, our top ten of things to do after you've bought FCPX. We haven't done the flippant 'Get a refund' or 'Download Adobe Premiere' so as much as we would like your comments, please keep them constructive.