I was waiting for Final Cut X since the very first announcement. When I was reading the tech news this morning read the released on the app store and voila!
Then I got my copy of FCPX.
As Motion Revolver, I've been a Premiere Pro fan mostly for the Adobe thing and used FCP just for a couple of things.
I attended a webinar on the new features a month ago or so and I was very impressed. After opening the program today just the fact that is a 64 bits, is a winning.
I like a lot of the things I have seen like match colour, magnetic timeline, organization and the speed. The preview window is interesting, thumbnails not so good but clip on list view and it’s better.
Like MR, the magnetic timeline is one of my favorite features of Imovie and now being incorporated in FCPX and Im digging it. Well, they say FCPX is just "iMovie Pro"...lol
FCPX is $300 but you need to pay $50 each for Compressor and Motion 5. I've been reading a lot lately about the uprise popularity of Motion (A lot of video stock and project websites have a category for Motion) and a couple of my friends find Motion better to use. I've done a couple of projects in Motion and is getting my attention. Motion is just impressive and imho, sometimes easier to learn or teach.
One problem I'm noticing it though is the steep learning curve from other NLEs for people that are not familiar with the "Imovie" feeling. FCPX looks very different that FCP and for those who been using it for years may be mad by now, as it's like re-locate a bit where are your editing tools around the interface.
One of my best friends who works editing educational programs for some TV Networks is a genius with FCP and after buying his copy of FCPX is a little disappointed but because he was expecting more new features like multicam and third party plugins. Oh well, this is version 1 anyways.
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 is around $500 and the CS5.5 is $700! With the $400 price (motion and compressor included) is going to be good alternative and who knows if more powerful, since Final Cut is very popular in the USA.