I have a student project that's a verite film. Some interviews done but mostly footage of reforestation workers. I probably have like over 70 hours. I worked in FCP X. I spent way too much time logging it, but I logged the f%#! out of it. I keyworded it so you can easily find a 2 shot that wide with any two particular people, and transcripts for interviews or events at work are put in clip notes.
I got some grant funding and I'm now moving the project forward. I have enough funding for an editor for 6 months or so, so I can turn this into a real quality doc with fantasies of PBS broadcast in my head.
Question: the editor I chose works in Premiere. She's the right fit for the specs I was looking for (local, bilingual, verite experience). I could send the library over to her with the program X to 7 and some of the metadata is saved. Or I could ask her to learn FCP X. Part of me thinks since we're making a verite film and so much of that will come out in the editing, all that metadata is particularly useful. If it was a more traditional doc where I knew more closely what the scenes and beats are from the get-go, then I probably wouldn't consider asking her to learn FCP.
Yeah, going back and forth between NLEs is a royal pain, avoid it if possible. Yes, you "can" translate an XML between the two NLEs with third party utilities, BUT not everything gets translated, and it's a royal pain, seriously. Tell her to learn FCPX. Cause you'll want that all in tact when it comes back to you.
Arc and Xavier, how do these insults to each other serve to answer the OP question? Please refrain from such behavior and spreading what has already been established as propaganda. This sort of behavior is not helping anyone.
I agree with FCPX.guru: jumping between different NLEs to edit a project is always a PITA. If your editor is freelance, she should know every NLE that she is asked to work with. Especially if the project has already been started in a certain NLE. If she cannot or won't learn FCP X for consistency on this project, there are thousands of experienced editors looking for a job in these times who will be very happy to jump in.
I also find it incredibly stupid when I see people argue over a piece of software. I will say this once again: this is a help forum, not a discussion forum. Everyone here will be thankful for practical answers based on real-world experience, no-one is interested in guesses or name-calling.