I’m one of those people who made the move from Windows video editing to the Mac specifically because of Final Cut Pro X, and I’m so thankful that I made the choice. I invested in top of the line Macs, and I use FCPX exclusively and never had a major problem. It’s fast, powerful, and most of all RELIABLE.
Prior to that, I used more video editing programs than I can count and was never happy with the experience. Windows video editors would crash so often, and at the worst possible times, and I could never tell whether to blame Microsoft, Dell, the video card companies… or the software vendor, because they were all different companies. With FCPX, it’s all Apple, so everything works together. Once in a blue moon, something will crash. If that happens, I restart the App and more often than not, I didn’t lose a single edit. That means so much to me.
I was an early adopter to FCPX, and in those early days, there were a LOT of missing features that were in the older version. But at least it was reliable, and I knew Apple was going to keep improving it. In time, the missing features rolled out, and surpassed the older versions, especially in performace. Final Cut Pro X was designed from the start to be 64 bit, and to use the latest hardware.
With each new version, I pinch myself that they aren’t charging extra for the upgrades. With Adobe, you never stop paying. I LOVE THAT!
This particular version looked a bit strange at first. They definitely made some big moves in the UI, so it took me an hour or so to get used to the new layout. One of the cool new feartures is the ability to smooth our jump cuts, which is actually something I purchased from a third party as a plugin. Another feature I love is the ability to remove effects and attributes. Previously, you could only undo an effect or attribute. Once you did other things, undo wasn’t practicle, so you had to turn the effects off, rather than remove it.
I’m still exploring the new stuff, but I defintely love the new look and feel. It’s still very responsive on my Late 2014 iMac 5K Retina, which is imporant to me. Everyone loves new features, but at the end of the day, performance and responsiveness is critical.