That is what the owner of a production company said to me when I spoke to him at their freelancer cattle call. Somehow Final Cut is much more "professional." I posted this to get the attention mainly of the marketing people at Adobe. It looks like they are in fact pushing hard with CS 5.5; emphasizing the Mercury engine and the dynamic link. But you are going to encounter people who think Starbucks has the best coffee because of the image (and the price) even though McDonald's coffee was voted the best in a survey (not to equate Adobe with McDonalds, just pointing out how people rely on perceptions rather than reality).
I have always been mind-boggled by editing job ads that list as their requirements Adobe this, Adobe that, Adobe, Adobe, Adobe...Final Cut!
Some people even think the end result looks better coming from a Mac than a PC! What, are Mac's pixels somehow better (higher resolution per pixel - lol?).
I love the dynamic link. No more pre-rendering and accumulation of video files. Also, Final Cut can't deal directly with a number of file formats while Premiere is much more versatile.
If you read comparative reviews of Premiere and Final Cut, it boils down to personal preference with no clear winner. But I think the scales will be tipped with CS 5.5 - but you'll have to slap the ignorant around a bit and really SHOW them. Make them actually TASTE the coffee!!
Now I've had my share of problems with Adobe products, but with others as well. Software in general will not always run perfectly on every system. But the instant the stubborn encounter one problem, they will say, "See!"
Far as job qualification goes, I have an aptitude for adapting to any interface or upgrade (shameless self promotion). When I did work with Final Cut, my impression was I couldn't understand why employers see this as so different from a user's perspective? That is what employers should be looking for - people who can advance and adapt along with the technology. Finding someone who matches their present laundry list of apps doesn't guarantee they will be able to handle the next upgrade or re-tooling.
Any similar experiences or observations?