BTW, thanks for the shoutout on FCPX Grill! That's two now- but neither time can people remember my name.
FWIW Marcus (!) I was coming down from a terrible flu and could hardly remember my own name.
And apologies for me using your thread to stand on my soapbox. The main thing I get from folks who 'want to like FCPX if only' is it had tracks. Whenever I ask the question 'why do you need them?' the most popular answer is "It's how I'm used to working."
It makes perfect sense you put your time in the flatbed dungeon. Most people haven't so it's hard to have a conversation with people who don't have the perspective as to why tracks even are a thing. You have excellent ideas as far as how roles could and should work. I'm betting you aren't going to be far off, or they will just swipe your good ideas.
My question is, what roles features would it take to never want tracks again?
I think it's primarily enabling the two things I outline in my blog post- timeline organization and as a basis to enable better mixing tools. Technically you could shunt Roles to a mixer now, without the visual organization part, but I think it would be more convoluted.
But both of those wants come with the caveat that I don't want them interfering with how the timeline currently works as far as clip connections and the magnetic timeline goes.
The fluidity of the FCP X editing is of primary importance.
I'm happy to have my ideas pillaged for the common good.
You might be right- we may have a couple more weeks to wait. But as anxious as we are to get our hands on new updates, we should always remember that longer testing means fewer bugs in the end.
Several weeks into my current gig, I will need to be especially careful about upgrading. Case in point- I need to do testing for export to DaVinci Resolve, and last week's 10.9.3 apparently doesn't play well with the current version, so I'll be hanging back for now.
AVID to my recollection updates only once a year- announced at NAB and as you just pointed out released last week (2 months later)
Premier seems to be on a schedule of 2 updates a year- one is announced at NAB and the other at IBC, and released a few months later in each case. So about 6 months apart, with smaller bug fixes in between.