Here’s the big points I want to point out…  the rest is the why and the how & current updates…

Big changes I’ve noticed as compared to Premiere Pro (Initial thoughts)

  • This software is already so much better than Premiere pro
  • So much faster
  • Much more optimised for Mac
  • Much more intuitive once you do a basic tutorial and so much faster.
  • Rendering is super quick too & is generally a pleasure to work on. 
  • It saves & renders in the background.  – the saving in the background is difficult for me, because I’ve become accustomed to saving myself and I can’t really trust the computer to do it by itself.
  • Footage generally look better even just importing it, scrubbing (quickly going through the footage with the curser) is quicker
  • The basic colour grading is just so much more simple.

What’s happening?  Where am I?  Why do I need this?

I’ve travelled to Thailand recently to work on my tourism project that I was travelling for last year, road-tripping around Western Australia.

Which was a lot of fun, and got to see some great things, meets some nice people and… spend a bit of time with my dad, which was great.

I’m in Thailand to try and put things together and turn it into a finished product of sorts.

I’ve been working with Adobe Premiere Pro for some time now, since the Netherlands (end of 2016) – it has a huge learning curve, but if you want to do just a few things conveniently and relatively easily…then its pretty good.

You can definitely see the potential it has, and… you can see in movies you watch… hey, I learnt how to do that, that’s great.
It gives you a new appreciation for videography.

In Thailand, I’ve been starting with the social media stuff, getting my instagram page going, and editing a couple of videos for Instagram.

It’s the kind of thing where on premiere pro, you learn something, then instantly forget it, then have to relearn it, and it takes quite some time to just produce a small video.

It takes even longer with the rendering times.

The problem with rendering on Premiere Pro

For those that don’t know… rendering is basically sorting out all the little imperfections, making sure that 1 clip flows smoothly into the other, that all titles, effects, colour grading etc…any edits flow smoothly into the next part etc.

In premiere pro, you have to do this constantly, it does NOT do it in the background, you have to press ‘render’ and then just wait for it.

It takes up a lot of processing time, so most of the time it slows down the whole computer so much, that it’s difficult to write a word document.

In fact every time I start Premiere Pro, I’m sure to close down all other programs that aren’t 100% necessary for the editing. Just because it takes up so much processing power.

So… this has annoyed me incredibly.  I’ve found, it takes at least 40 mins to make a basic Instagram video, and not even an amazing one, just 3 or 4 clips joined together to make a 30-40 second snippet of a particular place.

40 mins is probably being generous, often times its more.

And in the time its rendering I can’t really do anything.

So I feel like it’s a huge waste of time.

The other thing is because of the steep learning curve… it’s just learn something, go… ‘oh that makes sense’ , make 1 video using those skills, then forget it over the course of 2 or so weeks, and have to relearn everything sometime later.

So…  all of this was definitely annoying me.

I contacted my friend John Sullivan – videography extraordinaire, and asked him about it, even asked him if he was using Davinci Resolve. (a free video editing program that has recently upgraded itself to a massive scale …which is now comparable to premiere pro apparently)

He told me that he’s actually starting to use Final Cut Pro X due to the same reason, so I’ve followed in his footsteps and have begun to do the same.

I’m only in the initial stages of making the switch, but already, WOW, what a change.

Upgrade to High Sierra

I’m using version 10.4.5 which is apparently one of the latest versions.

Yet to use it, I had to upgrade to Mac OS High Sierra. (was currently using Sierra)

So far the newer operating system has allowed Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) to run, and pretty smoothly, and I haven’t lost any programs…which is pretty good.

And as a bonus, I’ve found I’ve now got more space on my computer too.

Downside, is that I can feel a slight difference in battery length.

One of the reasons why I never upgraded to High Sierra was that I didn’t want my battery life to disappear due to Apple’s relatively recently admitted on-purpose degradation / slowing down of systems.

And I can actually notice it.  Whereas before I may have had a 10 hour, maybe 9 hour battery life (3 hours if I was doing something intensive)… now I have more like 2 hours if I’m doing something intensive.

So… yep, there’s that.

But I’m running FCPX so that’s awesome.

Big changes I’ve noticed as compared to Premiere Pro (Initial thoughts)..

(repeated from the start of the article)

  • This software is already so much better than Premiere pro
  • So much faster
  • Much more optimised for Mac
  • Much more intuitive once you do a basic tutorial and so much faster.
  • Rendering is super quick too & is generally a pleasure to work on.
  • It saves & renders in the background.  – the saving in the background is difficult for me, because I’ve become accustomed to saving myself and I can’t really trust the computer to do it by itself.
  • Footage generally look better even just importing it, scrubbing (quickly going through the footage with the curser) is quicker
  • The basic colour grading is just so much more simple.

So far I’ve done this basic tutorial

And it’s been really easy to go through and understand what he’s talking about.

This is an example of just how easy stuff is on FCPX, tutorials only need to be 3-4 mins long, because it’s easy within the program.

I’m also in a group of ‘Cam riders’ across china, of which the famous C-milk, is one of them, who says that he changed to FCPX from Premiere Pro and was one of the best decisions he ever made for video editing.  So that gives me a lot of confidence that I’ve made the right decision to change.

It’s just a shame that I put quite a bit of effort into learning premiere Pro, only to switch to something else.

It feels like most of my project so far has been doing something like this. It’s disheartening… but learning is a process I guess, and as I haven’t done anything like this before….no has many other people that I know… it’s not exactly like the answers are readily available.

Anyway.  I’m going to get a few effects additions, and hopefully have a go at making some speedier & better looking videos.