Apple revolutionizes video editing with Final Cut Pro X

Apple today announced Final Cut Pro X
icon, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac App Store for $299.99.

Final Cut Pro X
icon is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in the press release. “We have shown it to many of the world’s best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped.”

“I’m blown away by what Apple has done with Final Cut Pro,” said Angus Wall, Academy Award-winning film editor, in the release. “Final Cut Pro X
icon is incredibly modern and fast, but most importantly it lets you focus on telling your story in the most creative way, while it actively manages all of the technical details.”

At the heart of Final Cut Pro X
icon is the Magnetic Timeline, a trackless approach to editing your footage that lets you add and arrange clips wherever you want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way. You can use Clip Connections to link primary story clips to other elements like titles and sound effects, so they stay in perfect sync when you move them. You can even combine related story elements into a Compound Clip that can be edited as a single clip. The groundbreaking new Auditions feature lets you swap between a collection of clips to instantly compare alternate takes.

Content Auto-Analysis scans your media on import and tags your content with useful information. Final Cut Pro X
icon then uses that information to dynamically organize your clips into Smart Collections, so you can easily find the clips you want by close up, medium and wide shots as well as media type and the number of people in the shot. You can also tag parts of clips with Range-based keywords to add custom search criteria to your media.

Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Final Cut Pro X
icon is a 64-bit app that takes full advantage of the latest Mac hardware and software so you never have to wait for the next edit, even if you’re working with 4K video. Final Cut Pro X
icon uses multi-threaded processing and the GPU on your graphics card for blazing fast background rendering and superb real-time playback performance. Additionally, a ColorSync-managed color pipeline ensures color consistency from import to output.

Final Cut Pro X
icon also includes powerful tools for audio editing and color correction, and is complemented by two companion apps, Motion 5 for professional motion graphics and Compressor 4 for advanced media encoding, available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 each.

Final Cut Pro X
icon is available today for $299.99 from the Mac App Store. Motion 5
icon and Compressor 4
icon are available today for $49.99 each from the Mac App Store.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Remove the sharp objects and string up the suicide nets around the Avid and Adobe headquarters.


    1. Indeed. I thought it was a typo. Even at $2,999, it’s still a bargain! Especially when you can legally install it on other workstations for “free”.

      Wow. Secondary education (high school) TV production is seriously going to take a leap going forward. I only had access to Sony Saticon tube cameras and a reel-to-reel recorder… No, that’s not a indication of my age! I had access to a Beta camera and portable deck! 😉

    2. After playing with FCPX for an hour, I actually had the thought to go back to Avid… while it’s still on sale.

      No… can’t go back to Avid. I’ll continue to get my real work done on FCP 7, and play with FCPX occasionally. It should be good for new projects from Canon DSLR files. I’ll still have to export it back to use my 3rd party plug-ins.

  1. Color is integrated which is much better. You didn’t like round-tripping did you? Now you can see everything in context while you color.

    Downloading now. Can’t believe I’ll be using it before 9am pacific.

  2. 35+ years of experience writing software that everyone else can only drool over and try to copy is exactly the edge that Apple has over the entire industry.

    Apple is the world’s best software company that is always evolving, improving and reinventing the game. That is key to all it’s products.

    There is no substitute for experience and expertise.

  3. BAD NEWS: I have a 2 year old, Mac Pro 2 x 2.8 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon with 6 Gigs of memory and I can’t download FCP X from the app store because my Mac Pro isn’t good enough!

    I have an ATI Radeon HD 2600. What about all those iMac editing stations when they cant upgrade either? Nice timing, right before the new Mac Pros to be released.

    1. FCP X should work on your machine. And you can upgrade the graphics on your Mac Pro, too, to get more performance.

      Or you can use FCP X as an excuse to get a new Mac Pro. That seems to be where you are headed. Enjoy!

    1. I’ve just checked the UK prices as well.

      Basically the whole lot is £200.00 plus VAT (£180 + (2 x £30)) at £240.00.

      Which is the cost of Microsoft Office for Mac Home and Business 2011.

  4. Looks exciting…quick question please – does Final Cut Pro X still support iChat Theater (essential as I produce content remotely this way) and also, can’t wait to see the better voice narration tools, VO Tool in FCP 7 was very basic.

    Any feedback on this yet guys?

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