User stories of Final Cut Pro X in action always get the most hits on FCP.co. So when Nick Militello contacted us with the information that his DSLR short ScFi thriller 'The Sphere' made the most of FCPX, we had to know more.
First of all, let's take a look at the movie, we would recommend you go full screen for this one!
Pretty cool eh? We will let Nick take up the story...
We started filming in April of 2010 and began the editing process in FCP 7. When FCPX came out in July of 2011, we started slowly porting over the cut with 7toX. It wasn't perfect, but it got most of the cut into X. It was definitely a game changer for us.
Since we were shooting the car chase scenes gorilla style, we had to keep the cameras running constantly. So when the road was clear for a second, we could do what ever move was needed. That obviously presented a huge amount of footage to sort through in post. When we started the edit in FCP 7, it became an organizational nightmare. We were having to make so many sub clips and copying of clips to make sure we have everything put into proper bins. We needed to have bins of "good turn", "good swerve" etc. But when it came time to search, I felt either we were missing items or something that was both a good turn and good swerve were not labeled properly.
I feel FCPX really works best when you take the time to go through the event browser and keyword your clips. This made editing so much easier. You would be looking for a "cu" "low" "fast" "city" "turn" and there is was. I just don't feel I would have been able to find those moments so quickly in any other software.