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.

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    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.

  1. 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?

  2. It looks good and the price is right but I will wait for training manuals to hit stores before buying this. This download-only way of distributing the software is great for convenience but not ideal for anyone wanting a manual and tutorial books to go with these complicated applications.

  3. I understand why that new Color app by VMWARE waited. Color has been transformed. I think there will be some interesting apps to mingle with the new Final Cut.

  4. Calling all Real Editors-Wealth Warning….take a wander over to Apple discussions and Creative Cow discussions, save your money, it’s lost many of the ‘pro’ features of FCP7. Mind you I cannot imagine any MDN readers being real editors….

    1. Steady on Robbo, I am in the TV industry and yes I agree Apple need to communicate better what developments are ahead yet in the near term for FCP X.

      That said, even in Gary Adcock’s (Creative Cow) definitive review so far – it says: “Gary goes beyond his own knee-jerk reaction to this latest release of Final Cut, to get under the hood of FCP X, and he likes a lot of what he sees.”

      Seeing one guy’s whinge of trying to finish a Post Edit in DAYS and being shocked at the feature set lacking in FCP X (Believe it or not) to finish his project – tells me editors over there or not, some people have delusions of their own grandeur…


      1. Hi Dean, I too work in the industry and here is the current MIA features…

        1. I can’t import my old projects.. which means I will always need a copy of my FCP 7 on my machine “just in case” (my clients often require me to dig out and tweak old work).
        2. No EDL import.
        3. No XML import.
        4. No playout/edit to tape.
        5. No ability to customise window layout.
        6. I don’t seem to be able to se any of my old plug-ins.
        7. I here it can’t playout over HD-SDI?
        8. What happened to ProRes LT?
        9. Unless I am missing something it insists on doing something with my imported XDCAM EX footage, rather than working with it natively.
        10. Can’t choose scratch disc etc locations.
        11. Can’t choose start timecode.

        Personally I couldn’t give a toss right now, my comments were in response to the rabid posts about how Apple just revolutionised video editing. Russia had a revolution, look where they are now. Revolution is not always a forward motion. Since Apple practices the unsubtle art of ‘deafening silence’ it would be easy to assume that the above features will not be appearing any time soon. Of course, I am sure one of the plug-in devs will be right along to empty your wallet of an extra few $$$.

        1. Fair cop Robbo,

          I almost expected old Projects to not migrate. There will come a time where you will just need to do a clean and full export of your timelines with associated media and make the cut off.

          XDCAM support is not in it yet, I would suggest using Sony’s Log and Transfer App first.

          As for the rest of your points, they are valid and I think Randy U and his talented cohorts at Apple will need to shine a light in the post production world pretty quickly as to where they are heading with all this…

          But, I do see the potential, FCP X feels very much like a 1.0 type product right now.

          1. If XML and tape export are lost 4ever, then I don’t see the point of upgrading. One of my biggest projects involves localising and subtitling a TV series out of the US. I distribute to 20 countries in various formats. All my subs come in as XML’s which get laid over the video. I deliver DVCAM to several countries. Even if FCPX took on just those two features, re-making my project for FCPX (which has currently 50 episodes in it) would be a right PIA.
            But I can see it looks a nice software and I am sure it will attract many new users, it’s a shame that Apple should treat it’s very loyal professional user base with such silence. If anything the silence is more revealing about their real intentions.

        2. robbo,
          I’m with you on your points. I’ll add a couple.

          12. Won’t send video/audio to my $1K Blackmagic Design graphics card.
          13. Some common keystrokes have been changed. Will take remapping keys to get them back.

          I want to believe… but right now my reaction is “New Coke”.

        3. It seems far closer to iMovie than to Final Cut 7. I’ll call it “iMovie Pro” for now. Without EDL and XML support and tape-out, etc. we won’t be using FCPX in our facility (other than experimentation) anytime soon. My hope is that features will be added either in future updates or third parties. Very elegant interface. Just not up to snuff yet. Maybe a “Final Cut Studio X” will address all the missing features? If there will be such a thing. My bet is that there will be.

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