As many probably know, Final Cut Pro X--Apple's professional video-editing software--was recently released to mixed reviews.
For our CNET review of Apple's Final Cut Pro X, we decided to try something different. Normally our Download.com staff reviews software from a consumer perspective. This time, we called in a pro user from our offices in New York. Our very own Wilson G. Tang is a CNET and CBS producer, who has directed, shot, and edited award-winning pieces. He also hosts a daily technology and culture show on CNET called The 404. As a video and film professional, he has had almost a decade of experience with Final Cut Pro and other nonlinear video editing software on a day-to-day basis. In addition, he has had extensive experience in the field, using everything from film cameras to new digital cinema video cameras that shoot to memory cards.
As a professional in the field, Wilson reviewed the software from a professional's perspective. He compares the rebuilt-from-the ground-up Final Cut Pro X with former versions, pointing out in intricate detail the ways in which the new software is different (and not always better) than its predecessors. He was careful to point out to us that he likes the new version overall, but thinks that some professionals will probably be frustrated with many of the new changes. But he also said that those who are new to film editing might have an easier time learning the ropes, not having learned and internalized the ins and outs of previous versions of the software.