There has been a lot of talk recently from people abandoning FCP to use Adobe's Premiere for the native DSLR H264 file handling. Paul Joy has done some rather revealing side by side comparisons.
Thank heavens for Paul Joy. He has actually sat down and taken the time to compare the quality differences between FCP and Premiere when handling DSLR footage. I have to say I was quite surprised at his findings:
"After using Premiere Pro for a week or so I decided to spend some time investigating this theory and came up with some interesting results that I thought I’d share with you."
It seems that even though the footage within Premiere itself is holding up really well it’s degrading more upon export than my FCP workflow. I spent many hours testing lots of different export options, codecs and formats as well as playing with options in the preferences, I still couldn’t export a file that matched or exceeded the image quality in the file exported from FCP."
His article is well worth digesting fully and I urge you all to go and have a read. Remember to click on the images to see them in their original dimensions. Some interesting comments posted too.