Jedi has obviously not been at the Apple site lapping up their exaggerated claims about FCP. Apple is somewhat liberal in it's claims to support uncompressed 601 and 1080i. The demos at NAB were a carefully designed 'smoke and mirrors' affair.
Do you think anyone is interested in a system that "supports" 1080i, with only 2 channels of audio and then drops frames constantly because it can't handle the bandwidth? They may get it working in the future, but for now it is all hype and very little reality.
This is not a technical forum, so I'll be brief. Here is one reality of just DV25 in FCP... Final Cut Pro uses the Apple Quicktime DVcodec, which has inherent problems with luminance clamping and color shift that are easily noticeable during an effect, like a simple dissolve. To avoid those problems, you must purchase a different DV codec that doesn't exhibit these problems, such as the Digital Origin codec. Using the Digital Origin codec, the rendered effect quality is acceptable, but you then get dropped frames and underruns using it for final output. The solution is to switch back to the Apple codec in order to get reliable output to tape and live with the poor effect quality.
Apple has hopes of capturing the professional market over time, but we'll see if Steve Jobs loses interest when he sees complications involved. It takes a lot of commitment over time to meet the demands of the broadcast industry. AVID is not in any immediate danger from FCP.
to Avid. I thought that the idea of final cut was to go after the huge market defined by the direct to consumer video editors. (Wedding video, testemonials, retirement memorabilia, Local cable advertisements, recitals and kid stuff for schools) According to a recent Big Yellow ad. there are over 30,000 of these people in the wider New York metro area alone. If that number is accurate and if many of thees people are still doing SVHS and 3/4 tape to tape editing that is a big market. These editors will not spend $20K up for FAST or AVID. Many do more edits than the Broadcast editors do. (quality is another issue)
2 months and ya it has some problems but nothing like this. The faults that I had where (standard keyboard commands) taken care of in ver 2.5. Steve Jobs is commited to FCP, have you noticed the investments Apple has made lately? they just bought Astarti (the premere DVD S/W people and moved there /engineers into Apple! Plus they are working with Sony, Masushita, and Cube to improve the DV throughput (not that its that bad now) But really are you still using DV25? I wont use it myself, my min is DV50 it has a much better colorspace. Art