Final Cut Pro X Review // Video Tutorial

Final Cut Pro X Review


About 16 years ago, I clicked open my first ever NLE (Non-Linear Editing) program. If you are getting into video editing no matter the skill level, you will no doubt come across this term. It was amazing to be able to work with video clips on my desktop computer. Bear in mind that computer video editing was a bit different then. Processing speed wasn’t nearly what it is today and it was almost a given that your system was likely to crash at any moment. You really needed to spend some dough to have a processor capable of pushing the meager 720×480 SD video that even today’s cheapest PCs scoff at.

You were also very limited in what you could do with the video as far as effects and color-grading. Expensive third-party hardware was needed to accomplish tasks that today’s consumer systems can do with little effort. Let’s not forget you had to capture your video media. An expensive video capture device or internal PCI card was necessary to digitize the footage in real time. Three hours of footage meant it took three hours to ingest. It was not a slick workflow. Nonetheless, it was still amazing.

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