Apple recently announced their plans to roll out a new OS update, code named Mountain Lion. I’ve got to say, after reading about some of the new features it will add to my desktop, I’m pretty geeked about it. There are, however, some concerns about how this new software will effect the work flow of professionals that use Macs for video editing. After all, when Final Cut X was released it seemed like Apple had cast aside all of us professional video editors in an attempt to go after the larger consumer market. We’ve done a little bit of research into the new OS X Mountain Lion and have some pros and cons to offer you. We’ll let you be the judge on rather Mountain Lion is a step in the right or wrong direction.
Mountain Lion is one step closer towards integrating Mac’s iOS software and OS X software. In other words, we’re getting closer to a world where iPods, iPads and Macs will all run off of the same system. Here are some of the advantages we think will be really useful in the video editing realm:
If you have an iPhone, iPod or iPad that is running iMessage right now, you probably already know how useful this tool is. It allows you to basically text anyone on any of these devices just using wi-fi. With Mountain Lion, iMessage will be added to your desktop or laptop as well, making it that much more functional. So now if you are working on a project in the office while a colleague is out getting footage in the field, you can iMessage him from your computer and he can receive it on his mobile device and get back to you. iMessage makes collaboration even easier.
There are a million reasons why iCloud is a useful tool, but the biggest one is just ease of mind. With all of your data saved on iCloud, it will never be lost. You never have to worry about forgetting to bring a presentation with you or not having the latest version of your project to refer to. iCloud makes it simple to have access to all of your files wherever you are.
AirPlay is a lesser known Apple app that can prove to be incredibly helpful now that it will be available for desktop Macs. It allows you to instantly mirror your desktop onto a television (that runs off of Apple TV, of course). This would be great for sharing projects with clients. Instead of having them hoover over your editing bay or sitting in a dimly lit projection room, you can show your current edits to customers on a nice flat screen with ease.
While I see very few cons to Mountain Lion itself, there is one frustrating aspect of it that I can’t look past. You will not be able to run an old copy of Final Cut Pro 7 on this new system. Major bummer. This means it may finally be time to think about switching over to Final Cut Pro X. A few months ago I probably would have said that the new bells and whistles of Mountain Lion are not worth the hassle of learning FCPX, but Apple has proven that they are committed to the professional editor and are constantly releasing updates to improve on the functionality of X.
Overall, I don’t think that Apple is trying to shut out the professional user. Instead, they’re trying to streamline a series of devices that the professional can use to make life easier. However, if having Final Cut Pro 7 is crucial to your day to day operations, it is kind of a let down that you won’t be able to grow with the rest of the Apple OS releases.
What do you think? Are you excited about Mountain Lion, or dreading more change? Let us know! Leave a comment below or hop on over to the VideoBlocks Facebook page and join the conversation.
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