Reel Rants / Pro-Apps

El Capitan Commeth

 The latest operating system by Apple is coming tomorrow. As a professional who relies on technology, namely- Final Cut Pro, I am looking forward to the accelerated Core Animation and Core Graphics all thanks to Apple's new graphics technology- Metal which promises to "boost system-level rendering by up to 50 percent, and efficiency by up to 40 percent, resulting in faster graphics performance for everyday apps.* Metal also takes full advantage of your CPU and GPU, delivering up to 10 times faster draw call performance for a richer, more fluid experience in games and pro apps." 

 It is my experience however, that you should upgrade to a new OS very cautiously as many developers are still working toward making their apps and plugins work with the latest operating system. Thankfully, the past few years Apple has been releasing developer beta releases so they can get a jump start on the release, making upgrading a lot more smoother for users.

 My recommendation is to not upgrade your primary machine until you know for sure all of your 3rd party applications, plugins, and effects are compatible AND upgrade after another Pro-App update as well. After all, you can't make money on a machine that doesn't work properly because Final Cut Pro X uses the OS for many of its core tasks. If you're like me and curious about El Captan, you can read more about the free upgrade here and upgrade a secondary machine like a laptop, to get a feel for what the future holds. 



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Do Not Update FCP X!

 Apple released updates to Final Cut Pro, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 today. They seem to be bug fixes (thank goodness!) My suggestion is to update very carefully. First, backup. Yes, everything. Also make sure any plugins or 3rd party effects are not affected- you'll have to check to see if the companies who make them are ready or if they also need updating. Second, quit all the apps place them in your Applications folder into a folder of their own. Then, Control-Click (Right-Click) and choose Compress. The older versions are now saved in a zip folder and you can go ahead and delete the parent folder, and empty the trash. Then, go to the App Store under Purchased and re-download them once you're signed in with your Apple ID you used to first purchase them with. This will download the latest version, and you now have the older version backed up- just in case. 

I never recommend updating right away on a machine that makes you money. Go slow- your clients don't care what you do, as long as their product ships on time. 

I hope this helps you, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 

Jon Belew

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