Side by Side Comparison: FCP7 vs FCPX

Alan asks: I’ve learned to use and love FCP7 and thinking of upgrading over to FCPX… or is it an upgrade? Does it have all of the same features? is it faster? effects are all there? I would like to see a side by side comparison. Thanks!

Answer: Two guys from Clearhead Media took the time to do a non-scientific comparison of the two and came up with some very interesting results:

[vimeo width=”555″ height=”312″]http://vimeo.com/25787329[/vimeo]

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151 Comments

  1. nice video! i think Final Cut Pro X wins big time. The lack of rendering makes it so easy to use, the UI is user friendly, and I have been using it for a while and it has given me 10x better productivity

  2. Great vid man …. Would like to try out Final cut pro x but going to stick in the relm of imovie for a while until i hear more feedback about the program

  3. Great vid man …. Would like to try out Final cut pro x but going to stick in the relm of imovie for a while until i hear more feedback about the program

  4. Great vid man …. Would like to try out Final cut pro x but going to stick in the relm of imovie for a while until i hear more feedback about the program

  5. Great vid man …. Would like to try out Final cut pro x but going to stick in the relm of imovie for a while until i hear more feedback about the program

  6. Great vid man …. Would like to try out Final cut pro x but going to stick in the relm of imovie for a while until i hear more feedback about the program

  7. Great vid man …. Would like to try out Final cut pro x but going to stick in the relm of imovie for a while until i hear more feedback about the program

  8. Great vid man …. Would like to try out Final cut pro x but going to stick
    in the relm of imovie for a while until i hear more feedback about the
    program

  9. Great vid man …. Would like to try out Final cut pro x but going to stick
    in the relm of imovie for a while until i hear more feedback about the
    program

  10. so this is why ppl are calling it i-movie 2
    b is the blade tool on fcp7
    I don’t like the pictures instead of just stright timeline
    do like the automatic render though
    and that it doesn’t stop the process is nice
    I don’t like I-movie though
    I will wait a year or so before I get fcpx

  11. so this is why ppl are calling it i-movie 2
    b is the blade tool on fcp7
    I don’t like the pictures instead of just stright timeline
    do like the automatic render though
    and that it doesn’t stop the process is nice
    I don’t like I-movie though
    I will wait a year or so before I get fcpx

  12. so this is why ppl are calling it i-movie 2
    b is the blade tool on fcp7
    I don’t like the pictures instead of just stright timeline
    do like the automatic render though
    and that it doesn’t stop the process is nice
    I don’t like I-movie though
    I will wait a year or so before I get fcpx

  13. so this is why ppl are calling it i-movie 2
    b is the blade tool on fcp7
    I don’t like the pictures instead of just stright timeline
    do like the automatic render though
    and that it doesn’t stop the process is nice
    I don’t like I-movie though
    I will wait a year or so before I get fcpx

  14. so this is why ppl are calling it i-movie 2
    b is the blade tool on fcp7
    I don’t like the pictures instead of just stright timeline
    do like the automatic render though
    and that it doesn’t stop the process is nice
    I don’t like I-movie though
    I will wait a year or so before I get fcpx

  15. so this is why ppl are calling it i-movie 2 b is the blade tool on fcp7 I
    don’t like the pictures instead of just stright timeline do like the
    automatic render though and that it doesn’t stop the process is nice I
    don’t like I-movie though I will wait a year or so before I get fcpx

  16. so this is why ppl are calling it i-movie 2 b is the blade tool on fcp7 I
    don’t like the pictures instead of just stright timeline do like the
    automatic render though and that it doesn’t stop the process is nice I
    don’t like I-movie though I will wait a year or so before I get fcpx

  17. Yep, you are the target consumer that Apple wants to attain. They are leaving the Pros out of the equation. Avid used to be the industry standard anyways. If you want to be a pro editor… FCPX is unfortunately not the software for you.

  18. Yep, you are the target consumer that Apple wants to attain. They are leaving the Pros out of the equation. Avid used to be the industry standard anyways. If you want to be a pro editor… FCPX is unfortunately not the software for you.

  19. Yep, you are the target consumer that Apple wants to attain. They are leaving the Pros out of the equation. Avid used to be the industry standard anyways. If you want to be a pro editor… FCPX is unfortunately not the software for you.

  20. Yep, you are the target consumer that Apple wants to attain. They are leaving the Pros out of the equation. Avid used to be the industry standard anyways. If you want to be a pro editor… FCPX is unfortunately not the software for you.

  21. Yep, you are the target consumer that Apple wants to attain. They are leaving the Pros out of the equation. Avid used to be the industry standard anyways. If you want to be a pro editor… FCPX is unfortunately not the software for you.

  22. Yep, you are the target consumer that Apple wants to attain. They are leaving the Pros out of the equation. Avid used to be the industry standard anyways. If you want to be a pro editor… FCPX is unfortunately not the software for you.

  23. Yep, you are the target consumer that Apple wants to attain. They are
    leaving the Pros out of the equation. Avid used to be the industry standard
    anyways. If you want to be a pro editor… FCPX is unfortunately not the
    software for you.

  24. Yep, you are the target consumer that Apple wants to attain. They are
    leaving the Pros out of the equation. Avid used to be the industry standard
    anyways. If you want to be a pro editor… FCPX is unfortunately not the
    software for you.

  25. thank’s…very good….fcpx will be the choice NLE for almost all…very soon….apple always wins.

  26. thank’s…very good….fcpx will be the choice NLE for almost all…very soon….apple always wins.

  27. thank’s…very good….fcpx will be the choice NLE for almost all…very soon….apple always wins.

  28. thank’s…very good….fcpx will be the choice NLE for almost all…very soon….apple always wins.

  29. thank’s…very good….fcpx will be the choice NLE for almost all…very soon….apple always wins.

  30. thank’s…very good….fcpx will be the choice NLE for almost all…very soon….apple always wins.

  31. thank’s…very good….fcpx will be the choice NLE for almost all…very soon….apple always wins.

  32. thank’s…very good….fcpx will be the choice NLE for almost all…very soon….apple always wins.

  33. thank’s…very good….fcpx will be the choice NLE for almost all…very soon….apple always wins.

  34. Why don’t Apple teams call it iMovie Pro instead of Final Cut Pro X? And Apple should make an update Final Cut Pro 8 with the same Final Cut Pro interfaces so that many Final Cut Pro editors don’ t have to spend time, money, and efforts to learn the new software (Final Cut Pro X) which they don’t like. This “Final Cut Pro X” causes so many confusions to many Final Cut Pro editors.

  35. Why don’t Apple teams call it iMovie Pro instead of Final Cut Pro X? And Apple should make an update Final Cut Pro 8 with the same Final Cut Pro interfaces so that many Final Cut Pro editors don’ t have to spend time, money, and efforts to learn the new software (Final Cut Pro X) which they don’t like. This “Final Cut Pro X” causes so many confusions to many Final Cut Pro editors.

  36. Why don’t Apple teams call it iMovie Pro instead of Final Cut Pro X? And Apple should make an update Final Cut Pro 8 with the same Final Cut Pro interfaces so that many Final Cut Pro editors don’ t have to spend time, money, and efforts to learn the new software (Final Cut Pro X) which they don’t like. This “Final Cut Pro X” causes so many confusions to many Final Cut Pro editors.

  37. Why don’t Apple teams call it iMovie Pro instead of Final Cut Pro X? And Apple should make an update Final Cut Pro 8 with the same Final Cut Pro interfaces so that many Final Cut Pro editors don’ t have to spend time, money, and efforts to learn the new software (Final Cut Pro X) which they don’t like. This “Final Cut Pro X” causes so many confusions to many Final Cut Pro editors.

  38. Why don’t Apple teams call it iMovie Pro instead of Final Cut Pro X? And Apple should make an update Final Cut Pro 8 with the same Final Cut Pro interfaces so that many Final Cut Pro editors don’ t have to spend time, money, and efforts to learn the new software (Final Cut Pro X) which they don’t like. This “Final Cut Pro X” causes so many confusions to many Final Cut Pro editors.

  39. Why don’t Apple teams call it iMovie Pro instead of Final Cut Pro X? And Apple should make an update Final Cut Pro 8 with the same Final Cut Pro interfaces so that many Final Cut Pro editors don’ t have to spend time, money, and efforts to learn the new software (Final Cut Pro X) which they don’t like. This “Final Cut Pro X” causes so many confusions to many Final Cut Pro editors.

  40. Why don’t Apple teams call it iMovie Pro instead of Final Cut Pro X? And
    Apple should make an update Final Cut Pro 8 with the same Final Cut Pro
    interfaces so that many Final Cut Pro editors don’ t have to spend time,
    money, and efforts to learn the new software (Final Cut Pro X) which they
    don’t like. This “Final Cut Pro X” causes so many confusions to many Final
    Cut Pro editors.

  41. Why don’t Apple teams call it iMovie Pro instead of Final Cut Pro X? And
    Apple should make an update Final Cut Pro 8 with the same Final Cut Pro
    interfaces so that many Final Cut Pro editors don’ t have to spend time,
    money, and efforts to learn the new software (Final Cut Pro X) which they
    don’t like. This “Final Cut Pro X” causes so many confusions to many Final
    Cut Pro editors.

  42. B wasn’t cut before??? I don’t think so. Menu bar to render? Try Command H. Dude, learn your shortcuts, it’ll speed up your editing. I’ve been editing on FCPX for two weeks. It is a dog! Every time I try to really work with titles it crashes. I spent 2 hours doing rolling titles for a film, quit the program, reopened the program and all of that work was gone! You really don’t seem to know too much about what you are talking about.

  43. B wasn’t cut before??? I don’t think so. Menu bar to render? Try Command H. Dude, learn your shortcuts, it’ll speed up your editing. I’ve been editing on FCPX for two weeks. It is a dog! Every time I try to really work with titles it crashes. I spent 2 hours doing rolling titles for a film, quit the program, reopened the program and all of that work was gone! You really don’t seem to know too much about what you are talking about.

  44. B wasn’t cut before??? I don’t think so. Menu bar to render? Try Command H. Dude, learn your shortcuts, it’ll speed up your editing. I’ve been editing on FCPX for two weeks. It is a dog! Every time I try to really work with titles it crashes. I spent 2 hours doing rolling titles for a film, quit the program, reopened the program and all of that work was gone! You really don’t seem to know too much about what you are talking about.

  45. B wasn’t cut before??? I don’t think so. Menu bar to render? Try Command H. Dude, learn your shortcuts, it’ll speed up your editing. I’ve been editing on FCPX for two weeks. It is a dog! Every time I try to really work with titles it crashes. I spent 2 hours doing rolling titles for a film, quit the program, reopened the program and all of that work was gone! You really don’t seem to know too much about what you are talking about.

  46. B wasn’t cut before??? I don’t think so. Menu bar to render? Try Command H. Dude, learn your shortcuts, it’ll speed up your editing. I’ve been editing on FCPX for two weeks. It is a dog! Every time I try to really work with titles it crashes. I spent 2 hours doing rolling titles for a film, quit the program, reopened the program and all of that work was gone! You really don’t seem to know too much about what you are talking about.

  47. B wasn’t cut before??? I don’t think so. Menu bar to render? Try Command H.
    Dude, learn your shortcuts, it’ll speed up your editing. I’ve been editing
    on FCPX for two weeks. It is a dog! Every time I try to really work with
    titles it crashes. I spent 2 hours doing rolling titles for a film, quit
    the program, reopened the program and all of that work was gone! You really
    don’t seem to know too much about what you are talking about.

  48. B wasn’t cut before??? I don’t think so. Menu bar to render? Try Command H.
    Dude, learn your shortcuts, it’ll speed up your editing. I’ve been editing
    on FCPX for two weeks. It is a dog! Every time I try to really work with
    titles it crashes. I spent 2 hours doing rolling titles for a film, quit
    the program, reopened the program and all of that work was gone! You really
    don’t seem to know too much about what you are talking about.

  49. Hi all.

    Thanks for the interest and hope it has been of some use. We did this when it first came out and our views still haven’t changed in the last couple of months.

    Again this was a video that we just did as we went along, not a scientific experiment by any means. Shortcuts etc are obviously things we use, but we didn’t want to fake anything we just did it in one take and see how it went from there.

    Any questions then feel free to ask!

    Thanks again!

  50. @whirlybirdfilms you mean opt-r to render all or cmd-r to render selection but yea if this guy was going up to the menu everytime to render then no wonder why he thinks fcp7 was bad. He’s happy because they finally gave him an imovie interface that does more advanced functions with the push of a button, if fcp7 was too advanced for you then yea you’ll probably love fcpx however for pros they’ve taken away control that we need

  51. @whirlybirdfilms you mean opt-r to render all or cmd-r to render selection but yea if this guy was going up to the menu everytime to render then no wonder why he thinks fcp7 was bad. He’s happy because they finally gave him an imovie interface that does more advanced functions with the push of a button, if fcp7 was too advanced for you then yea you’ll probably love fcpx however for pros they’ve taken away control that we need

  52. @whirlybirdfilms you mean opt-r to render all or cmd-r to render selection but yea if this guy was going up to the menu everytime to render then no wonder why he thinks fcp7 was bad. He’s happy because they finally gave him an imovie interface that does more advanced functions with the push of a button, if fcp7 was too advanced for you then yea you’ll probably love fcpx however for pros they’ve taken away control that we need

  53. you mean opt-r to render all or cmd-r to render selection but yea if this guy was going up to the menu everytime to render then no wonder why he thinks fcp7 was bad. He’s happy because they finally gave him an imovie interface that does more advanced functions with the push of a button, if fcp7 was too advanced for you then yea you’ll probably love fcpx however for pros they’ve taken away control that we need

  54. you mean opt-r to render all or cmd-r to render selection but yea if this guy was going up to the menu everytime to render then no wonder why he thinks fcp7 was bad. He’s happy because they finally gave him an imovie interface that does more advanced functions with the push of a button, if fcp7 was too advanced for you then yea you’ll probably love fcpx however for pros they’ve taken away control that we need

  55. @whirlybirdfilms you mean opt-r to render all or cmd-r to render selection
    but yea if this guy was going up to the menu everytime to render then no
    wonder why he thinks fcp7 was bad. He’s happy because they finally gave him
    an imovie interface that does more advanced functions with the push of a
    button, if fcp7 was too advanced for you then yea you’ll probably love fcpx
    however for pros they’ve taken away control that we need

  56. @whirlybirdfilms you mean opt-r to render all or cmd-r to render selection
    but yea if this guy was going up to the menu everytime to render then no
    wonder why he thinks fcp7 was bad. He’s happy because they finally gave him
    an imovie interface that does more advanced functions with the push of a
    button, if fcp7 was too advanced for you then yea you’ll probably love fcpx
    however for pros they’ve taken away control that we need

  57. I´ll keep using FCP7 -the old one-. I didnt test FCPX, but the comments are not good about it.
    And the most important point: When I edit, I need to be very, very fast. I don´t have time even for test and adaptation.

  58. How long have you been editing, man? You’re sucking up to it… did Apple send you a free copy or something? FFS.

  59. How long have you been editing, man? You’re sucking up to it… did Apple send you a free copy or something? FFS.

  60. Oh dear, this video is so bizarre.

    Shouldn’t you actually know how to use FCP X before demoing it? I can cut a 60 minute show in about half the time it took with FCP 7. Yes sharing to Vimeo and Youtube can be buggy and I don’t know anyone who uses that, they simply export and then upload like the other guy did.

    I certainly hope you’re not trying to suggest FCP 7 isn’t buggy too. I guess you put that in to make sure FCP X lost?

    Hopefully when you get up to speed on FCP X you can do a real comparison. Your idea is great and could be a really helpful comparison, but your execution in this video was just weird.

  61. I really liked FCP 7 and I knew how to use it. I put off ‘upgrading’ till now and I’m finding Final Cut X really god once you learn how to do everything. Rendering etc is so much quicker.

  62. I really liked FCP 7 and I knew how to use it. I put off ‘upgrading’ till now and I’m finding Final Cut X really god once you learn how to do everything. Rendering etc is so much quicker.

  63. I really liked FCP 7 and I knew how to use it. I put off ‘upgrading’ till
    now and I’m finding Final Cut X really god once you learn how to do
    everything. Rendering etc is so much quicker.

  64. I really liked FCP 7 and I knew how to use it. I put off ‘upgrading’ till
    now and I’m finding Final Cut X really god once you learn how to do
    everything. Rendering etc is so much quicker.

  65. I like FCPX since well……I am used to iMovie and its great for me! now
    adobe premiere and adobe after effects they were a challenge! I just gave
    up on them since well I’m not quite sure if its worth getting or learning
    considering the camera I use and hardly anybody acting or helping in my
    videos. so I really hope I can be discovered or even become a writer for a
    film or even have a published trilogy books into a movie if I ever do
    publish one! a lot of things to think through.

  66. I like FCPX since well……I am used to iMovie and its great for me! now
    adobe premiere and adobe after effects they were a challenge! I just gave
    up on them since well I’m not quite sure if its worth getting or learning
    considering the camera I use and hardly anybody acting or helping in my
    videos. so I really hope I can be discovered or even become a writer for a
    film or even have a published trilogy books into a movie if I ever do
    publish one! a lot of things to think through.

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