marike6: I don't understand why Apple, who has some of the very best coders in the world, didn't make FCP X backwards compatible from the start. If it was a "business" decision, it seems like all the negative press and a collectively angry user base would have been anticipated. It's not very smart to alienate a loyal user base. And with no compatibility with FCP 7, nothing is stopping pros from moving to Premiere or Avid. But I guess when you are having more financial success than Exxon Mobile, you can get away with such antics.
"... As always, the old guard resist change...."
... And sometimes really successful companies make really stupid decisions and end up losing their prominence in the market.
This has nothing to do with the "old guard resisting change." I am always looking for better and more creative ways of doing things. But when Apple ships me a new set of tools that are more analogous to a tool kit I would find at Walmart when I am used to a professional set of SnapOn tools, I am going to be pretty disappointed.
I was one of the staunch supporters of Apple when they were going through their tough times back in the 90s, and I have owned every professional edition of Final Cut since its inception. Unfortunately, it appears that Apple is moving more toward development of consumer and prosumer products, rather than developing and supporting products for the professional market. So, as much as it pains me to do so, I will be going over to the Premier Pro.