“Apple’s completely revamped Final Cut Pro X makes serious leaps and bounds past its predecessor in terms of usability and performance,” Michael Muchmore reports for PC Magazine. “The upgrade is a complete from-the-ground-up-rewrite that takes advantage of modern 64-bit multicore CPUs, and is a radical departure for the increasingly popular software suite.”

“In fact, it’s changed so much that it may throw some professional users for a temporary loop; more on this later,” Muchmore reports. “But for the pro-sumer enthusiasts that make up the bulk of PCMag’s readership—people moving up from iMovie or another consumer-level app, Final Cut Pro X is a huge leap forward in terms of usability and raw power. While its interface looks a lot more like iMovie’s, with a free-form trackless ‘Magnetic Timeline’ view, the program still packs vastly more editing power than the iLife video editor.”

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Muchmore reports, “The pro video community is in a furor over this new release, and they have some valid complaints, like the lack of multicam support, the inability to open projects created in previous versions, and fewer disc output options. But it’s important to remember that, although this is version X, it’s also, in a sense, a version 1.0 application. Apple takes its pro users very seriously indeed, and I would expect to see them address many of the complaints in an update; there are rumors to this effect already. Once those issues are addressed, the performance gains thanks to 64-bit and multicore support, the two-thirds price cut, and some nimble new tools in a fluid, highly usable and precise interface should go a long way to winning even dissenting Final Cut users’ approval.”

Much more in the full review here.

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