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Nerd Rant – FCP7 to Adobe Prem Pro CC

I am a video editor… have been for 17 years. I’ve been an “Avid Editor” and a “Final Cut Editor”…
I’ve edited on Avid DS and started on a thing called the Turbo Cube.
(props to anyone who knows what that was and edited on it as well)

I’ve done local TV spots, regional TV spots, worked on films, straight to DVD films, kids videos, national shows, network promos, blah, blah, blah.
The point in my saying this is, I’ve been around and I’m neck deep in this profession. I’m not a newbie and I’m no one’s fanboy (anymore).

Apple has turned their back on me and all of my kinsmen/women with their move to Final Cut X
(or iMovie Pro as I refer to it).
I’m not interested in anything FCP-X has to offer.

The only real option for me and many of my kinsmen/women is to make the move to Premiere Pro… Creative Cloud. I’ll not rant and rail on the Creative Cloud, not a fan of renting software, but I will rant and rail on one MISSING feature of Premiere Pro CC. This missing feature has got to be a total blunder, oops!, brain fart of the developers. It’s clear to anyone who has edited on the Premiere of old and Final Cut Pro, that Adobe took what worked for FCP and made it their own. That’s GREAT! But how can you forget, overlook, just plain ignore one of FCP’s best features? How can Adobe NOT allow us to open more than one project at a time? HOW? Ok, first version of CC, let it slide. Second update, well, ok, but that’s it! Now, at least 4 versions (updates) in, and still no ability to open more than one project at a time!


Adobe fanboys/girls will tell you that “you don’t need to open more than one project at a time. you can import projects into your current project and have access to anything you need.”  That’s a copout. Unlike you, fanboy/girl, I DO NEED TO HAVE MULTIPLE PROJECTS OPEN SIMULTANEOUSLY. I service 8 preditors (that’s producers who edit) and receive projects from all 8 of them all day long. My job is to finish them. Sometimes I’ll open an older version, copy what I need over to the new one. I always have a template project open so I can copy the folder structure into these new projects, and sometimes I have 5 projects (or more) open because I have lots of spots to get approved and it’s not efficient to have to open them one by one while I have a VP waiting to approve them (especially when some of them take a while to open).

See images below for a typical look at the user interface.
4 projects are ready for approval (I’m just waiting on “the call”),
1 project is waiting on final audio mix, and I’m working on the other 2 – back and forth.
This is the norm for me.

Final Cut Pro 7 multiple project screen Final Cut Pro 7 multiple timeline editing screen

Adobe, I look forward to working with you. I look forward to the improvements you’ve made and I appreciate that you’ve stuck with my industry and have come out on top.

I support you and will reluctantly, slowly, kicking and screaming, embrace your software rental business model.

BUT, and a BIG ‘OL BUTT it is, you’ve GOT TO give me and my kinsmen/women the ability to multi-task with multiple projects open at once. You won’t allow us to run more than one instance of Premiere Pro CC per license, the least you could do is allow us to have more than one project open at a time. Keep developing the bells and whistles that make us oooooo! and ahhhhhhh!, but give us this basic functionality. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself telling US how we’re to do things to accomplish our tasks against our wishes, something Apple is well known for and something I don’t think you want to be associated with.

Nerd rant over.


Sunday, Sunny Sunday

If  you know me at all, you know that for the past 5 years I’ve been getting up between 4:30am and 5:530am every Sunday. Why? – you may ask. I head up the “Projection Team”, aka video team, at Five Stones Church in Waxhaw NC., and we begin setup between 6am-7am (depending on the time of year. Currently, since school’s out, we start setup at 7am. In a few weeks (August 25) we’re back to 3 services and a 6am setup time).

I took this photo on July 13th at about 6:45am on my way to Five Stones. It’s hard, sometimes VERY hard to get up and get going on a Sunday morning (especially since I usually don’t get in the bed until 12am on Saturday night/Sunday morning – another story for another time). Getting to see the sunrise is a definite perk! It’s quiet and I’m usually one of a very few on the road, so it’s a quick drive. As much as I HATE getting up in the mornings, I appreciate and very much enjoy them once I get going. I just wish the sunrise and getting up happened more around 9-10am-ish.


(watermarked for image protection. watermark is removable upon request/purchased download.)


Mobile Edit Suite

Mobile Edit Suite

On a recent trip to Florida to visit my wife’s family, I decided to make good use of my time in the car.
My wife was kind enough to drive for a few hours which allowed me to get some long overdue work done.

On June 15th, Five Stones Church baptized 14 people at 9:00am and another 14 at 10:30am.
We used 5 cameras; 2 GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition cameras (borrowed), 1 Sony HDV,
1 Sony HXR-NX5U AVCHD, and a Canon 7D.
Editing with Final Cut Pro 7, audio edit/mix  with Sound Track Pro.  
This project amassed over 620GB of media.

I finished the video edit (cutting camera shots) on the way down,
and finished the audio edit/mix on the way back.
17 videos were produced and posted to YouTube for families to share.
A chaptered DVD will also be produced for each family as a keepsake.

Here’s some screen shots of the video timelines and a sample of the audio timeline.

9am Final Cut Pro video timeline

9am FCP video timeline

1030am FCP video timeline

1030am FCP video timeline

Soundtrack Pro Audio Mix timeline

Soundtrack Pro Audio Mix






Here’s a link to the finished video in the photo. Baptism Link