||Multicamera track synch up, grouping and rapid angle switching capability, 1 to 9 video tracks at least
||Improve the basic DV codec! Make it the paradigm in the industry
||Scratch Disk locations carried with the Project file not FCP preferences
||Distributed networked rendering
||Punch up the interface: More colors, higher contrast, larger interface font
T Colors, colors, colors. I've had all I can stand of the pale blue and green, and I'd like to be able to customize colors in my timeline and even in the other tools as well.
T BIGGER THUMBNAILS for storyboard views?
T BIGGER TEXT or a setting to change font size based on our particular display technology.
T Black numbering and marks in the top of the Timeline. Medium grey on light grey is elegant as hell but at 1920 x1080 on a 19"crt I'm going blind simply reading the timeline! - CONTRAST!!!!! and how about a BOLD mark at each even second?
T Make the patch bay, lock icons and autoselect icons different colors instead of them all being a neutral gray
T LARGER FRAME VIEWS or the ability to incrementally enlarge storyboard view, with a Snap to Grid which doesn't destroy a storyboard arrangement for a rough cut. Along with this, LARGER TEXT VIEW or incremental adjustment of text a la Safari for those of us going blind reading tiny print on new Apple high-rez flat screens.
||Mixed formats in TL work in real time
||Make preferences project-based rather than system-based
||My Write-In Request (click here to read write in requests)
Timeline view scrolls to follow playhead or ignores playhead offer option?
||Track Undos on a History Palette.
||Multiple channel audio input
||Simplify Time Remap - using keyframes and speed %. Allow the overall duration of the clip to adjust accordingly.
||A robust keyframe manipulation system. We need to be able to select, cut, copy, paste, and move whole batches of Keyframes at a single time. Add Hold keyframes. Keyframing grouping and repositioning.
||FireWire legitimacy, please The PowerBooks have been touted as "Stand-alone' or "field editors' in years of Apple advertising.
||Curves controls in the Color Corrector
||Open iPhoto and iTunes libraries into FCP
||A polygonal rotoscope tool with Bezier curves to replace the very difficult to use and unintuitive 4-point and 8-point garbage mask. And rather than making each point a keyframe, just keyframe the entire curve.
More dynamic markers:
T·User color coded and categorized
T·Grab, move, and shorten or extend directly, instead of with a dialogue box.
T·Visibility settings for the different categories of markers, view a single category at a time, or selected sets simultaneously.
T·Offer a class of marker that doesn t automatically act as a division point for subclipping c just for notes.
T·Offer a class of sequence marker that adjusts to ripple deletes/inserts.
T·Offer group marker selection for repositioning, deleting.
T·Offer Reposition marker nearest the playhead, so we can move markers both forward and back.
T·Exportable in batch lists, so that they can be printed up for clients.
||Support for 16 bit After Effects Plug-ins and for a more recent AE API (Motion uses AE 5.x)
||Sequence Archiving: A Sequence Archive tool, similar to Media Manager, would be launched from your finished sequence. You get to select handles, and the starting timecode number for the archive to tape. Tape archive includes all clips in sequence (with handles) plus a new sequence with timecode matching the archive.
||Simplified uprezzing from offline to online
||Capture Queue: A scrolling list of clips, in the order in which they will be captured, and showing which tracks are to be captured with each one.
||Globally close gaps. Globally remove through edits
||MIDI Control over the Audio Mix tool, with support for Korg and M-Audio and J.L. Cooper controllers, which are very affordable
||Improve scaling algorithm for timing of motion effects
||Colors to make active tab/window clearly apparent
||Arbitrary grouping in the audio mixer so I can fade one fader and move many tracks - like for stereo pairs
||Macros: Automation capability either by providing for macros within FCP but preferably by providing support for OS X 10.4 Tiger's new Automater technology. Automater allows drag and drop automation within an application or between them without needing to write scripts. Automater would allow FCP to be incorporated in automated workflows - from capture to DVD, for example.
||RT Extreme for Photo-JPEG and other codecs (like SheerVideo)
||Track mixing in the audio mixer - a mode where whole tracks are balanced not just writing keyframes on clips
||Composite modes in real time
||16-bit-per-channel RGB rendering support
||Import Image Sequences (w/ option for ref or self contained movie)
||Reveal in Finder: I know that Control-click and viewing properties shows where the clip is located, but I'm looking for a command that actually takes you to the media file on the drive.
||Disengage Favorites from Preferences so that they are savable and restorable like other settings.
||Find Bin: Click on clip in Viewer, hit Find Bin key and the bin that that clip lives in pops up.
||Downsavability. No more App-nesia within major version numbers.
||More secondaries in Color Corrector
||Auto extend key frames. Set your start and end key frames - auto extend and they get bumped to first and last frame of a pic.Trim the pic on the timeline, or add a transition and they stick to the new ends. This would speed pan and scan work.
||Selection of multiple edit points in any single track or on multiple Timeline tracks, either using a modifier with Select Closest Edit, and/or Auto Select via keyboard. This is a way to roll or ripple-trim several cuts at once, either vertically through multiple tracks, or horizontally through several edits in a track, and allows you to apply dissolves or other default transition to several discontiguous cuts, a kind of basic function.
||Break up the motion properties in paste attributes to allow paste and removal of selected motion properties. Reset button for each basic motion property.
||Trim edit window: Show video picture (instead of lame speaker icons) on audio only edits.
Show audio waveforms instead of lame speaker icons.
||Option to restrict reconnect search to selected disks
||Expand Extend edit functions:
Make Extend work on Ripple edits. Select one side of a cut, roll back a few seconds, watch, and where you want the cut to happen, Hit E. Instant Ripple to that point.
New edit shortcuts-- Trim from Clip In to Playhead, Trim from Playhead to Clip Out, for rapid edits, on one or more selected tracks.
Offer a shorter naming option.
Retain freeze frame reel and TC number for recapture.
||Extend the Timelines timescale zooming to the Viewer and Canvas.
||Timeline Preferences option to ignore Auto Select and reclaim FCP 3 Timeline paste behavior. Useful option for simple projects without many layers.
||Work with the Apple OS team to offer adjustable column view in file navigation dialogs. Having to mouse over and wait around for a tooltip is a pain.
||Now that you have XML support in FCP 4, how about streamlined scheme that allows us to create a text based track (for subtitles) that includes an option right on the plug-in to export that track to STL format.
||Keyboard shortcut for select clip under the playhead
||Enable easier navigation in the Trim Edit window. Left and right arrow keys for jumping.
||More intelligent Timeline Search Tool
||Allow Split edit with 2 audio ins and a picture in.
||Make it easier to adjust pre/post roll settings in Trim Edit window in TL, anywhere.
||Key commands for accessing window tabs. I like Control-TAB.
||Keyboard control over and access to *all* Tabbed windows
||More clip poster frame options: Resize clip poster frames in Browser by clicking on the clip then zooming in or out. Adjust clip poster frames in Browser by clicking in the clip icon and using JKL.
||Make it easier to adjust pre/post roll settings c in Trim Edit window c in TL, anywhere.
||Text Find/Replace in the Browser and Batch Export window
||Alphabetize the column names in the Browser column shortcut menu.
||Keyboard command for "Go to split in", and "go to split out".
Shift I and Shift O could default to video in and out, as it does now but sometimes, when I'm in the viewer, I need to go to my Audio in or out.