Writing for ZDNet, Dean Mermell calls Apple’s Final Cut Pro 2.0 “the smartest video-editing program available for less than $10,000” and an incredible value, as well. His comments come in a recently posted review.
Final Cut Pro 2 is faster than previous versions, noted Mermell.
“The bottom line: on a powerful machine such as our test bed, the program now functions on a performance level that makes billable hours a reality for many professional editors,” said Mermell.
Mermell noted that Final Cut Pro 2 has an intimidating array of options, but lauds the software’s Easy Setup feature.
“For most people who work with the built-in IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connection on their Macs, Easy Setup will bring a collective sigh of relief,” wrote Mermell.
Mermell also compliments Final Cut Pro’s new Media Manager, which he says “even goes one better” than professional systems like Avid by deleting not only unused media, but also the unused parts of edited clips. This can save enormous amounts of disk space, according to Mermell.
One feature he doesn’t like is Final Cut’s process for automatically generating a new capture/scratch file with every new project name. That functionality should be under the editor’s control, he said.
“Too much automation is not always a good thing,” he said.
Mermell also likes other new features, such as the revamped Browser, the software’s new Cutting Station, and improvements to titling as well. He even gives kudos to the software’s prodigious documentation.
“Let’s just say that if there were an award given for user manuals, this one would win it,” said Mermell.
“Final Cut Pro 2.0 is a huge program with a lot of major improvements,” concluded Mermell. The software received an Editor’s Rating of 8.6 (10 is the highest).