Final Cut Pro's first notable switcher: Walter Murch

Walter Murch — the editor of movies including Apocalypse Now (for which he won an Oscar for Best Sound and a nomination for Picture Cutting), The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The English Patient (for which he won Oscars for both Picture Editing and Best Sound) and The Talented Mr. Ripley — has switched to Final Cut Pro for his next film, Cold Mountain (which stars Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger).

Cold Mountain will be Final Cut Pro’s first major motion picture. Especially if successful, Cold Mountain could mean a huge sea change for the industry and for Apple’s — not to mention Avid’s — place in it.

Sorry…it’s just grown up so fast! Why, it seems like yesterday that I had a ringside seat to its birth as Apple’s QuickTime Evangelist, and then watched as Steve Jobs rescue what was then Macromedia’s Key after it was demonstrated during an otherwise-terrible Apple keynote at NAB. Some folks at Macromedia must be kicking themselves about now, but let’s face it — Key Grip would’ve been just another Windows non-linear editing tool under Macromedia’s care. | Hollywood Reporter story | IMDB: Walter Murch filmography (as editor)