“Like the protected books, plays and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world),” Justice Scalia wrote. “That suffices to confer First Amendment protection.”
You may not think this is all that important, but it is.
Many key features from Final Cut Pro 7 are missing. You can’t import projects from previous versions. There’s no way (without paying a hefty sum on third-party plugins) to export audio to ProTools.
And yet, I couldn’t be happier about the new version of Final Cut.
Apple has taken a decade’s worth of knowledge and again asked the question: “How can we make this better?”
Well, at least somebody likes it?
I think the majority of editors will embrace Final Cut, after Apple spends the time to fix what it needs to. (It always does, even if it takes awhile.) And once that happens, I can’t imagine Final Cut Pro X as anything other than the poster child for the next decade of the editing industry.
This isn’t just a bunch of entitled, stubborn editors whining to each other. Well, I mean, it is, and I’m one of them. But aside from that, there’s also some really serious stuff going on. It’s not “I don’t like it,” or “I don’t prefer it” or even “I choose not to make the change because it’s too burdensome for too little benefit.” It’s “Because of the choices you guys made, weliterally can’t use your product any more.”
To which, again I ask, why in God’s name would you be switching to a 1.0 version of an application two days after it was released?
The answer: you wouldn’t. Unless you were a moron.
In 10 years of writing Times columns, I’ve never encountered anything quite like this.
I’m not trying to be an Apple apologist; FCP X offers legions of amazing features that the old version didn’t have, but it doesn’t have all the features of the old one, either. It’s only fair, however, to separate what’s really missing from knee-jerk “It’s so different!” hysteria.
The Bottom Line: Apple has followed the typical Apple sequence: (1) throw out something that’s popular and comfortable but increasingly ancient, (2) replace it with something that’s slick and modern and forward-looking and incomplete, (3) spend another year finishing it up, restoring missing pieces.
Professional editors should (1) learn to tell what’s really missing from what’s just been moved around, (2) recognize that there’s no obligation to switch from the old program yet, (3) monitor the progress of FCP X and its ecosystem, and especially (4) be willing to consider that a radical new design may be unfamiliar, but may, in the long term, actually be better.
Pogue may not be a professional editor, and true his solutions may be somewhat simplistic and missing the “professional”s concern, but he really does have a great deal of solutions to the limitations of this 1.0 application.
It looks like (if Pogue is to be believed) Apple is aware of this issues, and will restore them in future updates.
It is after all, as I’ve repeated a few times, a completely brand new application. A 1.0 release under the X branding. Much like OS X was a 1.0 release of a new OS (despite carrying on the numbering system from OS 9).
The app’s not ready for primetime (no pun intended). Yet. Call me optimistic but I have a feeling that within a few months things will be much better. And as also said before, no professional would have switched immediately anyways (nor used a 1.0 version of a brand new application as their main tool). By the time people are actually ready to switch hopefully these issues will be a thing of the past.
And while Pogue’s final four statements may be bold, I agree with him 100%.
Speaking of appropriation art, here’s a presentation I gave on Appropriation in Art and Design for my second year Theories of Representation course at Ryerson University.
It’s by no means as good as Baio’s piece, but touches on many similar subjects (and also features yours truly delivering plenty of bad jokes). And, for what it’s worth, Baio himself said he enjoyed it.
Last year, I was threatened with a lawsuit over the pixel art album cover for Kind of Bloop. Despite my firm belief that I was legally in the right, I settled out of court to cut my losses. This ordeal was very nerve-wracking for me and my family, and I’ve had trouble writing about it publicly until now.
This is disgusting, appalling, and the exact opposite reason for why copyright was established in the first place.
Let’s be clear: Baio’s use of the photo was fair-use. 100%. And as Neven Mrgan points out, the image in question was not a down-sampled photo, but rather a “precisely drawn interpretation of the source”.
Regardless of where you come down on the issue, you should read the article as it’s a great summation of appropriation art,something near and dear to my heart.
This is an absolutely fantastic bundle. Several of these apps (1Password and Billings) are apps I use on a daily basis. Others (WriteRoom, TextExpander and Alarms) were daily use apps when I was still in school.
I would be buying this Bundle without a question were it not for the fact that I have already purchased several of these apps already through the Mac Store this year.
So, in other words, the moral is always wait for a bundle.
Blood in our streets. I saw people on the ground, bleeding. Shattered glass everywhere. Police cars set alight. Major bridges are now closed, preventing public access into the downtown core. Transit is plugged up, there’s no way out. More police and fire crews are arriving, from the suburbs, but again, it seems too late. And as I write this, the sun has just set. Vancouver, what a disgrace.
I said earlier I wasn’t ashamed to be a Canadian, but glad I’m not from Vancouver.
If you care about the arts, and if you’re my friend you should, you should watch this “interview”.
Granted, interpretive dance is not “my thing” but neither are tabloid newspapers, and this brand of so called “journalism”.
A lack of compassion? Shouting at your guest, speaking over top of them while they are trying to answer your question, and telling them that what they do is meaningless? Yeah, I’d say that’s lacking some compassion.