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Final Cut Pro and the Emperor's New Clothes
Much like everyone else in the media production world I owe a good chunk of my professional career to the Mac. Avid, Media 100 and Premiere NLE's all had a home on the Mac in the early days through to today. And then when Apple decided to enter their phase of schizophrenic indecision whereby they hybridized between hardware manufacturer and software developer, Final Cut Pro came along courtesy of the purchase of Keygrip from Macomedia. Their really is no argument that the impact of Final cut Pro has been profound in terms of simple widespread popularity. But from the privileged position I have as a film-maker and journalist, a position whereby I have had the opportunity to use, abuse review and exploit every NLE on the market, its very hard not to see Final Cut Pro as the Emperor's New Clothes of post-production.
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