Lately, and by lately I mean the last 2 years, I’ve gotten back into a creative streak. This creative streak of which I speak is of course photography, and even more recently photography’s twenty first century sibling, video creation/editing.
I tend to take a lot of pictures anytime I’m around cars as anyone who knows me can attest. I snap pictures with purpose, but with volume unless I happen to be driving at a given time. And even now when I’m driving, I discovered ways to archive even those moments in the form of video (Thank you GoPro!).
With the ability to record images and motion the problem then becomes what to do with all of this archived material. Which brings me to the point of this post. Over the last 2 years I’ve been working within the Apple-verse using iMovie to take my automotive footage and create magic. I’ve enjoyed the creative process, getting to understand the many variables that can impact the final product. Now, after the better part of 2 years dabbling in editing I really appreciate the content that is generated by show organizers looking to provide a recap of an event whether it be a automotive industry show or an automotive enthusiast event.
This year I jumped up to Final Cut Pro X, which in editing parlance in known as FCPX. This is Apples pro video editing suite. I mean motion pictures from Hollywood have been edited using this software! FCPX is a non linear editing platform, meaning is doesn’t damage the source material.
Now, returning to the point of writing this post. I’ve been learning FCPX, and paying my dues for the better part of 2019. So far my surprise has been the time the machine/software takes to reflect the changes that you make to a project. The behind the scenes machinations these NLE’s make is called rendering and transcoding. Some may call it sorcery. For example, I make changes to 20-30 seconds of actual project screen time. Just wow, before when I was working with iMovie I never noticed the lag compared to FCPX, but then again the power of the software is much different. I literally found that when I made edits of about 20-30 seconds the editing suite took 2-3 hours to render. A close second in terms of surprises after jumping to FCPX has been file sizes, yikes! That’s all I wanted to share for now. More to come on my video editing odyssey.