The author is always amazed at just how fast the hands of time move when they are sitting at their edit suites. It seems like yesterday that Apple stock was $17 and Michael Dell was speculating on what he would do if he were in charge of Apple: He'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders. Fast-forward to Apr 12, 2011. He wasn't at the NAB SuperMeet where Apple had promised to unveil its new NLE, but like countless editors around the world, he waited with schoolboy excitement for the announcement from Apple that Final Cut Pro X (pronounced 10, not X) had arrived. Apple has taken the time to reimagine Final Cut Pro in particular and the NLE user interface in general, which was based on the analog tape-to-tape model and has continued to adhere to it since long after they left that old media and editing paradigm behind.