What Features Does Apple Final Cut Pro Still Need?
Last week, Apple released a statement responding to a petition from hundreds of Final Cut Pro editors that Apple recommit to continued, active development of Final Cut. Apple answered, in part:
“While we believe we have plans in place to help address your important feature requests, we also recognize the need to build on those efforts and work alongside you to help support your film and TV projects and keep you posted on important updates.”
NOTE: Read their entire statement here.
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For many years, Apple offered editors the ability to suggest features using the “Provide Feedback to Apple” form in Final Cut Pro. However, this form presents several problems:
- Apple never responds to suggestions made using this form. So we have no idea whether anyone in decision-making authority at Apple actually reads these.
NOTE: Apple has told me on several occasions that these are read. However, “read” and “act upon” are not the same.
- When we provide feedback to Apple, we have no idea what anyone else is suggesting. We can neither agree nor disagree with the need for a specific feature.
- There’s no way to reinforce how important – or unimportant – a feature is because we don’t know what’s suggested.
- Apple has a long tradition of “not invented here.” If Apple engineers decide something is a good idea, it gets developed. If a user suggests a good idea, it is frequently ignored.
I created this article to begin an active and open discussion of missing features in Final Cut. If you think something needs to be added, suggest it in the comments. It’s not as good as a web-centered, multi-user database with instant vote totals. But it’s available today and gets us started.
- If you have a feature, suggest it.
- If you think a suggestion is good, reinforce it.
- If you think a suggestion could be better, improve it.
- If you think a suggestion is misguided, comment.
NOTE: All comments are moderated – so be polite. Inflammatory or off-topic comments will be removed.
My hope is to inform the Final Cut community, Apple and the advisory panel they hope to create so that the features Apple adds are actually those desired by editors.
Share this link with your friends on social media. Spread the word. Because, if there’s no interest in adding new features, that tell’s Apple something, as well.
Don’t wait for Apple to convene an advisory panel – let your voice be heard now.
LARRY’S TOP FIVE FEATURES
To get the discussion started, here are my top five feature requests for Final Cut Pro:
- Scrolling timeline. As a project plays, the timeline should scroll to keep the playhead in view.
- Effective speech-to-text creation, integration and editing.
- Either develop an audio application specifically for mixing audio to picture or provide tighter round-trip integration with Logic Pro for audio mixing. The current audio mixing capability in Final Cut is limited and clunky. Audio mixing should be as easy in Final Cut as it is in Premiere to Audition.
- Better, smoother collaboration features when editors are not on the same network. Adobe was so convinced this is an essential feature, they bought Frame.io. Perhaps include better media management and review tools.
- Fix all the bugs in creating both DVD and Blu-ray Discs. The future may be downloads, but thousands of editors make their living creating physical media for clients. Burning DVDs/Blu-ray Discs in Final Cut has not worked properly since FCP X was first released. Support burning multiple movies to disk. Support custom menus. Support stories. Support multiple languages in both audio and captions.
I’m sure you have your own list. Share it in the comments and let’s get the conversation started. Spread the word.
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