Goodbye Final Cut Pro 7; IPR focuses on Adobe, Avid, and X


IPR Editing Instructor Tony Fischer in 1985, at a KEM Flatbed Editing table, working on a 16mm job. In less than five years, Avid would launch Avid/1, the first of its Media Composer NLE systems.

It’s been five years since Final Cut Pro 7 has been updated and this term IPR put FCP7 to bed. We continue to offer skill-based editing instruction using Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Avid Media Composer.

In 2011, When Apple released Final Cut Pro X, independent editors everywhere revolted. The software, referred to as iMovie Pro in some quarters, was a new way of looking at non-linear editing (NLE), but not one that was embraced.

The conversation at the time among educators and industry professionals was not about how Apple would recover, but who would take over. Educators waited to see where the industry would go and the industry waited to see which NLE software would step up.

IPR continued to prep students for what they would see when they graduated and moved on to the professional world… everything. Major motion pictures continued to rely on Avid’s Media Composer as the go-to NLE software. Independents were poking around FCP X, but were mostly sticking to their copies of Final Cut Pro 7, hoping that Apple ‘s operating system updates would not render their software inoperable. And Adobe’s Premier Pro was starting to look like a legitimate contender.

Then, in 2012, Adobe launched the Creative Cloud. Declaring it a “creative hub,“ Adobe offered a subscription-based bundle of design and post production software that would be affordable and easily upgraded. It would allow editors to integrate Adobe’s industry-standard design, effects, motion graphics software with an NLE that felt familiar to FCP7 users.

The IPR instructional philosophy for video editing evolved during this period into today’s “software agnostic” instructional philosophy. We focus on the art of editing, the skills and techniques that a good editor needs. Then, we teach students how to implement those skills in the different NLEs that they will encounter in the workplace. Students develop favorites but are adept in all of the majors when they leave IPR.

Final Cut Pro X has evolved into a nice piece of software. “There are things that I absolutely jump into X to accomplish,” says IPR Editing Instructor Tony Fischer, “but I doubt it will ever be my go-to software.”

Avid Media Composer is still the tool of choice for broadcast, feature film, and large production houses.

And Adobe’s Premiere Pro has come to dominate in the independent world. Its functionality and integration with other post productions tools, along with its affordability to students and professionals, made its emergence as the independent editor’s top choice inevitable.

And although IPR will no longer teach Final Cut Pro 7, we will continue with our software agnostic approach of focusing on the skills and techniques of the art of editing, and the software that is used to apply them.

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