With Final Cut Pro X debut, Apple discontinues Final Cut Express, Studio, and Server

“The release of Final Cut Pro X
icon on the Mac App Store on Tuesday also marked the end of Apple’s Final Cut Express and Final Cut Server products, as well as the Final Cut Studio suite,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

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“A person familiar with Apple’s retail operations informed AppleInsider that the internal release of Final Cut Pro X
icon on Tuesday was also coupled with an “end of life” announcement for Final Cut Express and Final Cut Server. It was said that as of June 21, Express and Server — along with Final Cut Studio — are no more,” Hughes reports. “As part of its transition away from boxed retail software, Final Cut Pro X
icon is only available on the Mac App Store.”

Hughes reports, “In addition to Final Cut Pro Xicon, Tuesday also saw the release of Motion 5icon and Compressor 4icon on the Mac App Store. Selling for $49.99 each via the digital download destination, the applications are apparently no longer part of a now-defunct Final Cut Studio bundle.”

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  1. Distraction? Eliminated. Elite programmers please report back to war room world domination.

    Adobe, here’s a bone—corporate Hollywood accounts, enjoy the 200 sales.

  2. Two years ago I chose FCE over FC because I didn’t need all the bells/whistles, yet needed something more than iMovie, especially in the area of sound, titles, transitions and editing. So, now I essentially need to pay $300 to upgrade from FCE if I want 64bit processing and full featured bells/whistles.

    Lastest iMovie is lacking. Latest FC is still over-the-top. I guess that leaves me in “upgrade limbo”. 🙁

  3. I was told that FCP S3 would continue to be available to professional editors who need features such as Multicam, track-level audio editing, XML & OMF IO, etc…
    As awesome as FCP X is, it is NOT ready to replace the existing software suite. Apple should continue to sell FCP S3 until such time that FCP X has these essential professional features.

    1. Pogues review is pretty lame and NOT written from Pros point of view!

      Missing pieces that pros need: No import of FCP7 projects, no viewer window, no custom layouts, no external monitoring, buggy, no multi-cam (pros use more than ONE camera), little support for tape (Pros Still use tape), little in Blu-ray support (pros need to deliver in HD on Disc), NO saving projects by user, NO OMPL export, NO EDL import and export, no plugin support for current plugins pros have $$ invested, XML openness is gone, Final Cut Server (along with Xserve and Xsan) is gone, cannot import Adobe Photoshop in layers anymore, no easy way to import or export from Pro Tools, etc.

      Final Cut Studio is discontinued leaving pros that NEED these features stuck with no where to go but …. to AVID or Adobe!

      It WAS Final Cut PRO, now it is just Apple’s “FINAL” CUT!

      I am not an Apple hater, I am an Apple Consultant!

      I am in total disbelief how lame this is! My advice to my customers is stay away for now. If not fixed, more to Avid for pro use. Many of the newer features are cool, but not as useful to pros as you may think, especially the way the cut out very needed features!

      1. Thankyou for underlining what I’ve heard over and over again from friends and colleagues over the last couple of days. I guess that many pros aren’t too surprised though. I mean, the writing was on the wall after Apple killed Tremors and EOLed Shake; a product used by basically everyone in highend post pro compositing: Apple doesn’t care about cutting edge – they’re all about the one-button crowd. It’s really sad, because the have so much talent and potential.

        1. i don’t think that’s a fair take, in fact I think you have it backwards.

          If you’re a video editor, and an industry professional, you are chained to a legacy system of hardware and procedures. Also compared to other media professionals (photography, print, art design, audio) video editors are more often unionized, and rather than solely delivering an end to end product, they are one of sometimes hundreds in a chain of bureaucracy. In other words, entrenched. This means for everything new, it has to fit into their world and their workflow before they will accept. They are ultimately not interested in cutting edge, but preserving their way of doing things, and their place on the totem pole.

          The reason video editors exist is because editing is too time consuming for the person making the art to do themselves. Of course there are a few exceptions, but Apple isn’t concerned with editors’ workflows, they are looking at the problem from a different angle. There’s no question that pro video editing software and associated peripherals both hard and soft, are at the dog end of the software world. It looks like crap, it works like crap, it’s convoluted, beyond fragmented, and impossible to organize your work without excessive manueverings.

          I’d argue that the whims of editors comfortable in their chairs, has vastly contributed to the problem. In a better system, the person directing or shooting video should have more control, and ultimately shouldn’t video editing software do to editors what ATM did to bank clerks? Or advanced industrial machinery did for child labor?

          I’m hoping FCP X makes for better video, rather than more comfortable specialized video editors. I think considering the schlocky state of TV and film media, and it’s declining audience, is a further argument against making the ‘industry’ happy. Let’s see if someone hungrier can find smarter ways to eat their lunch.

          1. Your take on this is quite odd. Whatever!

            But let me try to explain something to you. Pros make living editing and workflow is everything. No one is against better ideas and products, but there is no denying the missing pieces PROS need to use this!

            Take a look at the reviews in the Mac App store. They are probably the lowest of any Apple software product!

          2. Wow…that was…the most inaccurate, biased, ignorant and self-aggrandizing postings I’ve ever read.

            I create media. I do so for art, as well as commerce. I’ve been a Producer, I’ve been a Director, I’ve been a DP, I’ve been a Cameraman, I’ve been an Editor. I can honestly say that you have zero conception of what an Editor does, nor an Editor’s place within the creative team of a film, show, clip, sketch, whatever. Your argument about how the director or dp should be the one who edits – with an automated system that makes creative decisions for them of course, also shows your ignorance not only of the process, but of the people involved.

            You have a very narrow and biased view of ‘how the world works’. For your sake, and others around you, please seek out knowledge with an open mind and empathy. It will be better for everybody.

      2. Yet the new FCP X is perfectly fine to work with for some Oscar-winning editors — so it is not that bad, if you are starting new edition of new film: you have twelve hours of raw video and you make two hour long film out of it. No XML or most of stuff you mentioned actually necessary to do that.

  4. So what happens to the other apps in the FC Studio Suite?? Soundtrack, DVD Studio Pro and Colour?? Do these still work with the new FCP, Motion and Compressor? $300 seems like a decent deal for the three new apps considering what the price was before for the Suite.

  5. Some of us have waited a very long time for significant updates to FCP – and now this?! Yikes! Is Apple even wanting to stay in the Pro Video market? In all seriousness I’d like a direct answer to that question because we’ve got some serious decisions to make. To reiterate: By now FCP is in a relatively arcane state and this update was a very long time in coming for those of us making a living with this tool. And now to get all excited about a product that’s going to be more like iMovie…? Again, Yikes!

    Premiere is looking better all of the time with one caveat – their history of uninterrupted support for professional video editing on the Mac doesn’t exist. It’s been a long time since I actually felt excited about a new video package, and I was excited about FCP X – so excited in fact that I started a P.O. to upgrade all of our editors – I’ve pulled the plug indefinitely and am very seriously considering moving to Premiere – while it’s there for the Mac.

    I’ve been a Mac user since the beginning of Mac time and I’ve noticed a few things, here’s one: When Apple wants to do something they can get it just so totally right – but when their hearts are not fully into something it’s too often mediocre and at best all flash with no substance. What’s it gonna be Apple? Are we getting serious about FCP or is it just gonna fade into another iMovie-iDVD-iMi-Madré irrelevance?

    Dare I say XSAN…!? Dare I say Xserve…!? Wow… This is painful.

  6. Could be another shoe to drop. Has anyone tested FCP X on Lion with iCloud? Apple is well known for hiding features in it’s software & I’m sure no pros will be adopting FCP X this week.
    As to others bitching, my FCS still runs just fine & imagine it will until other SW is released.

  7. I am not a video professional so I come to the table with clean hands.

    I referred the release announcement to a friend who lives in a different language environment (German). Thinking he would be pleased. He is a pro and a long-time FCP user. He was even consulted by Apple during its original development because he had much to contribute. His comments:

    As a gimmick-immune man, I immediately recognized – after reading
    the press-release – the X-version is now just a silly fun-toy. In Germany
    with the world’s most critical users (Apple’s video-product-manager
    says that personally to me) there are catastrophic reactions because
    of this “downgraded” software-launch.

    I hope he’s wrong.

    1. Too soon to say if this is the end or a beginning. The transition from Final Cut Pro to Final Cut X could definitely have been handled better but a new take on editing video was arguably necessary. Many people making videos today are not video editors in the traditional sense just as citizen journalists and bloggers are not journalists in the traditional sense. Perhaps for this influx of amateur videographers, Final Cut X will be a better match than prior versions of Final Cut or competing software. For them, the more than they can do from within Final Cut, the better. As for the rest of us, Avid and Premiere still around or we could keep using Final Cut Pro until Final Cut X has matured a bit.

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