The results are in! More than 500 folks participated in my impromptu poll. Above are the detailed results.
As I watched the poll unfold over the course of the last few days, it continually held steady at around 60/ 40 in favor of Adobe Premiere, despite one user- you know who you are- who tried to stuff the ballot box, by visting the poll everyday and continually voting for FCPX for several minutes. Shame on you. You wasted your time, oh those precious moments lost in time like tears in rain. You could’ve spent that time learning Premiere ;)
Thank you all for taking part. The main purpose of the poll was to help solidify or dispell a hunch I have about which NLE to learn and teach in the coming years, months, days or however long before something else comes along and upsets the NLE apple cart.
As a bit of background, I started learning and teaching FCPX from its initial release. I’m a huge fan. It’s a truly amazing program and I suspect will only get better. It’s not perfect but neither was FCP7. I believe that FCPX will ever be able to recover from the initial backlash after its release. It’s my opinion that all the resistance came from influential folks in the blogosphere who only dabbled in the program. They where so turned off by its initial “look” and lack of certain features that they literally wrote it off. We all listened. A few of us actually used it long enough to realize its beauty, by then it was too late, despite Apple restoring key features, the coffin was closed.
In the end, our newsrooms, universities and entrepreneurial workstations need to be editing with something. We’ve held off long enough, hoping that Apple would change their mind and restore the industry standard, FCP7. But now, we have to make a decision. I’ve decided, it’s going to be Adobe Premiere. Wait, didn’t I say I loved FCPX? Let me explain.
I don’t think we’ll see a clear leader like FCP7 for a long time. I think we’re going to be living in a divided NLE ecosystem. I also believe, if a more formal and scientific poll was conducted 12 months from now, across all industries and schools, Adobe Premiere would emerge as the only NLE that comes close to widespread adoption. If I were a betting man, I’d bet on Premiere as the one NLE that schools and workshops end up teaching and therefore setting a new trend. It’s just a hunch.
My informal poll is a step towards confirming my suspicion. I’m certainly not trying to kick the hornet’s nest about which NLE is better. I’m just trying to give a bit of background as to why I created the poll in the first place and my thought process about which NLE I’ll be using and teaching.
Enjoy the ride, whichever NLE you decide, I’ll see you during the next twist or turn.
Sorry Avid lovers it’s just not an NLE I see having an impact in the multimedia journalism world.