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The Pros and Cons of Final Cut Pro Going Subscription-Based

by | May 11, 2023 | 0 comments

The announcement that Final Cut Pro for iPad will be subscription-based is likely to have a significant impact on the market, both for Apple and its competitors.

One major effect of this move is that it could lead to an increase in adoption of the iPad as a tool for professional video editing. The iPad has already been gaining popularity among creatives, and the availability of a robust video editing software like Final Cut Pro could make it an even more appealing option. This could lead to an increase in iPad sales and a boost for Apple’s hardware business.

On the other hand, the subscription-based model for Final Cut Pro on iPad could also lead to users choosing to switch to alternative video editing software. There are already many options available for video editing on the iPad, including Adobe Premiere Rush and LumaFusion. If Final Cut Pro’s subscription fee is too high, or if users prefer the features of other software, they may choose to switch.

Another potential impact of this move is that it could lead to an increase in competition in the mobile video editing software market. Final Cut Pro for iPad is expected to be a powerful and comprehensive video editing tool, and its subscription-based model may motivate competitors to improve their offerings and provide better value for money.

If Final Cut Pro, Apple’s professional desktop video editing software, becomes subscription-based, there may be several effects on its user base.

Firstly, some users may choose to switch to alternative video editing software that does not require a subscription, such as Adobe Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve. These users may not want to commit to a recurring subscription payment and may prefer to purchase a one-time license for their editing software.

I moved away from Adobe just for that reason. I found very good alternatives to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign with Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Publisher. You can get all 3 for a one-time purchase price of $169.

If Apple chooses to turn FinalCut Pro into a subscription-based software license, I will be checking Davinci Resolve.


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