Re: [Frameworks] FInal Cut Pro X

From: gregg biermann <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:14:04 -0400

It would be possible to work in media in an entirely open source
software environment now. You can install Ubuntu
<> and then download open source graphics, video,
audio, etc, software.

On 6/28/2011 11:35 AM, Fred Camper wrote:
> Even though I haven't worked with video, I'm trying to understand this
> because it has huge implications.
> If I understand it right, FCP uses a proprietary file format that
> other programs, such as Premiere, cannot open? And FCP X won't be able
> to open those files either? And FCP will not be installable on newer
> Macs? Does this mean that he original files of FCP projects will
> become unreadable, and that any way of saving them, such as DVD, will
> involve big losses?
> This is a general worry about digital files, that newer platforms will
> not be able to read them at all. Do digital files thus have a much
> shorter expected lifetime than celluloid, even given vinegar syndrome?
> For still digital images (which I do work with), there are tif files,
> which almost any image editing program can open, and which are
> lossless. Are there equivalent video files? avi? Should there be an
> attempt to establish an open source, lossless-as-possible video file
> format if there is not one now?
> Is the lesson here to never, ever use software that saves in file
> formats that are under the control of one corporation?
> Fred Camper
> Chicago
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