Answers to the unanswered questions about Apple’s new Final Cut Pro X

“Since Apple’s Sneak Peek of Final Cut Pro X, the questions have been flying around the Internet. Well, here’s concise answers to those questions – as many as I could find, so settle in and learn what’s new and what’s not there yet,” Philip Hodgetts blogs.

Can I import a Final Cut Pro 7 (or 6) project?
As of Version 1 and today’s release there is no direct import capability for legacy projects. My understanding is that there will be an Apple-provided utility for importing XML from older projects to Final Cut Pro X. However, my advice would remain: do not update software mid way through a project, unless there’s a very, very compelling reason.

What about three point editing?
Three point editing is fully supported with all the “from head”, “to tail” options we’ve been used to. Three point editing is highlighted in the manual as a key feature. Like in Final Cut Pro 7 three point editing is not compulsory!

Does Final Cut Pro X support Multicam/Multicamera switching?
At the initial release of version 1, Final Cut Pro X does not have a multicamera editing feature, a.k.a. multicam. I was told that Apple have, with Final Cut Pro X, been re-examining everything to work out how to reimagine and improve it. Multicam will come in a future release, when Apple decide how best to implement it within the new application and architecture.

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

35 Comments

  1. The answer is simple. If FCP7 is working for you now keep using it with your current hardware. Your workflow stays the same. Even if you upgrade the hardware you will be able to run FCP7 on it.
    When FCPX provides all the features you need then transition. In the meantime maybe get to learn the basics of FCPX since the software is only $299.

    1. > Even if you upgrade the hardware you will be able to run FCP7 on it.

      For now, yes.
      For the near future, maybe (new OS/hardware may break it).
      For the more distant future, no (new OS/hardware will break it).

      As it stands, the FCP7 lineage is obsolete. Apple has defined it as such and is simply moving on. No doubt good things will come from it, but that obviously is no solace for the people who need what FCPX doesn’t offer.

      1. Since when do you *have* to jump on every single update on all your systems when they’re released?

        You existing systems will likely be working as well as they do now by the time FCPX is fully up to snuff in a year or 18 months.

        1. > Since when do you *have* to jump on every single update on all your systems when they’re released?

          Who said you do?

          > You existing systems will likely be working as well as they do now by the time FCPX is fully up to snuff in a year or 18 months.

          Our systems sure, they were newly installed right before the xServe was killed, some 300 Mac Pro edit stations, FC Studio, FCS, LP, ProTools, ACS, loads of fringe utilities, SAN, the works. We’re lucky, we have a few years to watch where things are headed.

          But many are not that lucky. If it’s just old hardware that needs to be replaced you can do that. You know however that you can’t expand on your current FCP farm if you were planning on that due to demand. It’s just no longer being sold.
          You also have no guarantee whatsoever that FCPX will in fact be in X time what you actually need in X time and right now you know for certain that it isn’t. For that reason the move away from FCP in the current production ecosystem started the moment it was terminated and will continue for those bound to that ecosystem. FCP is dead and already buried.

          Apple has defined for itself a whole new “pro” mom-and-pop video market that they want to create and control. I bet it will prove be a spectacular success. I just think it will have nothing to do with the market they have been catering for with FCP up until now and they have decided to get out of that segment cold turkey.

          In hindsight it’s all too clear: Steve Jobs has stated before that Apple is not very good at catering for people who want predictability, roadmaps for the years ahead, and that actually they really don’t want to. So we see all the roadmap stuff go. And whenever Apple realizes that a technology will hold them back from racing at Warp 12 into the future, they will simply cut themselves free from it, regardless the blood loss.

          Apple’s is not a steady state universe. Expect more big bangs in the dead of night.

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