Green screen problem: "You spend more time lighting a screen that won't exist than lighting the people that do!" - Dariusz Wolski
Why everyone is (will be) switching!
Thankfully (well... this depends upon who you ask) Apple dropped their Final Cut ball and Adobe swooped in to save the day. Now, I've only used FCP a little, mostly cuz I'm PC based and FCP never made a windows version.
Well if you've been sleeping or out of the loop or on permanent vacation the gist is that Apple released the *new* version of FCP called Final Cut X. And pretty much every FCP user on the planet collectively gulped. It was essentially a consumer grade app.
Since a lot of editing pros abandoned Avid (and others) in favor of Final Cut, these cutters were now looking for a suitable replacement.
In walks Adobe. Again if you don't know, Adobe has been in the NLE game for many years (in fact, I bought version 4 in 95/96 and 4 years ago I went 'home' to Adobe after many years in Avid land. I still use Avid Media Composer 6 from time to time but I gotta say that the sweet suite interface within Adobe is really cool). When I went back to Adobe I was very impressed but since they've added the Mercury Playback engine it's gone on to superstar status for me.
It's great to see others begin to see the light and it's great that Adobe is realizing the value of these users and creating professional tools that don't disappoint. So coming soon to a computer and screen near you is Adobe CS6.
The editing guys from late night with Conan put together a little video on the virtues of Adobe CS6 (they had a pre-elease copy to play with) so check it out:
I, for one, am looking forward to the new version. When? I dunno but I imagine it will be in the middle of some time sensitive project...