Please take no offense ok?
To attempt to spin this as its "me" and not the Program is really irresponsible to the craft itself and to those looking for an editor to actually make money using.
Just as many, many, many, many editors don't like FCPX! Not because of the great features it has like managing media and its pristine output at blazing speed. Its because things just don't work right.
I'll give you a specific situation and we'll see if you can 'spin' it to where its my inability to "comprehend" what I am doing, or not doing. And had you read my previous post you would have known that in fact I have a very fast machine. 2011 iMac - i7 - 16gb - Dual HD (SSD) - 3.4, so that should lay to rest your theory that it might be my machine. I also have 2 external FW800 Drives for Raw footage storage.
And while you may have been consulting and or teaching for a decade I challenge you to show me any demonstration or tutorial where FCPX is really pushed. What is really pushed you ask? Well I'll explain the scenario for you. Back to specifics... All of the tutorials I have seen anywhere (and I have subscriptions to several sites and have taken no less than 15 hours of tutelage on FCPX) are fairly simple projects. There is video in the main track, with a text element or two, and they add some effects here and there, often "undoing" many of the things they do. None of the projects are involved at all!! Can you prove me wrong?...
So here is the scenario. Its a 30 sec spot with 18 tracks-levels-layers-stories (whatever you may call them, since this is supposed to be a trackless timeline) There were 7 below the main track and 8 above it. There was video, stills, color correction, 2 audio tracks, transitions, a keyed talking head over the main video, keyframes in the audio track and 3 social media icons(psd files) along with 2 custom generated backgrounds re-sized to create a plain lower third bar. Most of the transitions were dissolves and one was a lens flare. We are talking no less than 60+ separate elements...in 30 seconds So once again I ask you...have you seen any scenario like this in any tutorial? Most are movie making scenarios FCPX handles just fine. So, let me know if its because I just don't comprehend what I am doing that makes wanting to do something as simple as this the reason.
Those 3 social media icons I had slightly staggered to fade in one after the other were in the timeline on top of each other. I wanted to move them down the timeline a bit so instead of moving them together, I did what you are supposed to be able to do...create a compound clip!
Drag to select all 3, right click, select create compound clip...presto!!! Ok so here is where FCPX is just not ready for professional editors who are trying to save time. I click and began to drag the compound clip down just 2 seconds in the timeline and clips started jumping all over the place! The compound clip broke up and the separate elements found someplace to rest and the entire timeline had been rearranged!! Seriously Ben, does this sound like my ignorance, or my machine? Of course its not!!! Its in part because a trackless timeline with no boundaries acts like a bunch of magnets when they get too close to each other! And why does it make any sense for one clip to have to be attached to another? What purpose does it serve? And why does empty space have to be filled with those annoying black place holders??
And one more thing to chew on here Ben. I purchased several third party effects and transitions. But for the most part they are useless.
I wanted the companies logo to transition in with a rotation using one of the transitions built into the editor. But for any cropped image, any transition affects the entire frame of view. There is no option to have the transition affect only the target clip or element. This is true with most of the transitions, making them all but useless. Most movements have to be keyframed. If not for "undo" putting things back in their place would take forever!
Ben I assure you my knowledge or lack there-of has nothing to do with such happenings. And I would hope as the "Professional" you are, you make sure to recreate my findings so you can be sure to properly teach your students not only the good about FCPX but also its limitations before they drop 300 bucks on it. Especially when many, many, many, many, shorts have been produced with iMovie!!!(The single best cheap editor) The truth is I have yet to see productions where there as many elements in as short a time as I have produced with FCPX!
I challenge you to load that timeline up with a bunch of stuff like I had to and then tell me how much I don't comprehend. While there are some wonderful things in FCPX, the Magnetic Timeline is not where your time is saved. I do not see the benefits of having a Magnetic timeline or the reason for connecting clips by default with no other option. If you are at all familiar with the Video Toaster NLE that's been around for years, it has an open timeline with tracks that you can move clips around anywhere you want, audio or video!! (Ours is older and not HD compatible) But it has separated tracks. Lay a transition on a clip...it only effects that clip. How simple can a concept be?! I hope you can see my point Ben. FCPX's problems could be a thing of the past if they simply have an open "track" system that automatically adds tracks based on where you position the clip. And don't say that would defeat the purpose, because my next question will be..."well whats the purpose??" Explain to my the benefit of a trackless "Magnetic" timeline...I do not see it and no one has yet to explain it. Have you discovered that those little shortcuts to do Insert Edits and the others only works on the main track and not the other tracks? Once you have your main track laid down, and you are working another set of clips above it, they are useless! You can't use them! I use the word "useless" for a reason in my title because too much of what is supposed to be cool and groovy, not to mention "Timesaving"...is in fact useless.
Take your time and get back to me when you can...I do appreciate the chance to have dialogue that I hope will trickle down to the powers that be, so we can have an editor made by Apple that really is Professional. They did not maintain the standard the themselves help to set.
I hope you and your family have a Happy Safe New Year!!!!