Final Cut Pro X gets significant update with new features and RED camera support

“Apple’s professional video editing software Final Cut Pro X was given a sizable update on Tuesday, adding new features like the ability to expand multichannel audio files in a timeline, as well as support for RED cameras and native REDCODE RAW editing,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“Final Cut Pro X version 10.0.6 is now available on the Mac App Store. The update is free for existing users, while new customers can purchase the software for $299.99,” Oliver reports. “Version 10.0.6 is a 1.53-gigabyte download that requires OS X 10.6.8 or later. It gives users the ability to precisely edit individual audio channels directly in the timeline.”

Oliver reports, “The Final Cut Pro X update also includes RED camera support with native REDCODE Raw editing, as well as optional background transcode to Apple ProRes.”

Read more in the full article here.

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36 Comments

    1. After resisting (like you) for a long while, I tried it. For several months now, I’ve been kicking myself for not switching sooner.

      So many of the daily chores we have to deal with when editing video are so much faster, more intuitive, simpler and easier.

      Unless there is something really quite specific that for some reason does not exist yet in FCP X and was actually available in the original FCP, the only reason I can see for not switching is because you’re comfortable with DOS and simply don’t want to entertain this absurdly childish concept of a mouse (paraphasing John Dvorak here)…

      1. Uh no. Until today there was only one viewer window. Until today there was no inline audio channel editing. Until today there was no way to have multiple people editing the same material. These fixes will have me looking at it again. But if you think that no one needed these features then why did they add them? Just to make it more robust for the consumer?

        But there are still many more things they need to address before it can be used outside of the template driven world of the consumer. But I hope it will serve me better in the future.

        1. The three features you had mentioned seem to fall exactly into the category that I had described (specific features that used to exist in FCP 7, but don’t in FCP X). So, for you, this seems to be a legitimate reason.

          What is not legitimate is the arrogant dismissal of armies of video professionals who earn their living editing motion pictures on this tool. They certainly are NOT consumers in the template-driven world.

          There is a sliver of a segment of professional editors who are involved in projects of extreme complexity. Then there is the vast swath of those who produce large volumes of video, whether for broadcast TV, corporate, training, advertising, event, features and all other possible sorts of purposes, who work on tight deadlines and need a powerful and efficient tool. For those of us who fall into this category, FCP X provided UI improvements that save us time and make it easier.

          FCP X will continue to grow and add features (who would have guessed? Software gaining features as it evolves??). The sliver of users on the top, who may still be missing some of the functionality that the old FCP7 had, and the new FCP X does not (yet) will be shrinking, as does the number of those missing features. Meanwhile, there is a significantly higher number of features and solutions in FCP X that FCP 7 did not have, and they save considerable amount of time for all of us who have no need for the ever-so-shrinking list of functionality not yet present in FCP X.

    2. Have you used it?
      I have, it’s fantastic. I’m a pro, I do this for a living. I dare you to tell me that I have no idea what I’m talking about.
      Just sick to death of the whiners.
      Adapt and move on, or buy a PC and shut up.

    3. PAP, I am actually an “industry professional” (compositor/VFX TD) and that is absolutely the stupidest thing you have said in a long time (which, considering, is quite a milestone)
      FCP X is, in a word, stunning. It truly represents the next generation of editing. Its speed, flexibility and real time flexibility as a storytelling tool it is unmatched by anything in the industry, at any price. Native r3d support simply extends it’s capabilities. Seriously, FCPX stands alone (and is how ALL editors will behave in 5 years, when they catch up) The fact that it is still only $299 is staggering.

    1. It’s not whining. They fixed some things that pros have mentioned since day one of its release. While closer they are still a long ways away from FCP3 in usability. But at least I have faith that Apple realizes and is working on some of the features that need to be implemented and/or improved to get back to being a contender on studio desktops.

      1. Dude, give it a rest. You are a known troll who, quite obviously, doesn’t have a clue about editing.

        Why do you bother posting your spew?
        No one (except, perhaps, the other trolls here) takes you seriously.

        1. Wow! I’m a troll because I expressed that FCP X doesn’t yet fit the needs of my shop. I suppose it also makes me a troll because I want new upgraded Mac Pros in every suite. You zealots are pretty inflexible in your views of what other people need. Get over yourself.

          1. I am not really much of a zealot yet (i am a fairly recent Apple convert)

            And… sorry I got the wrong level on the thread, my comment was actually aimed at Agent Provocateur.

  1. Just last week I had a producer in my living room going over piece I cut for her. After viewing and praising the piece up and down, we got to talking about the state of post and was bashing FCPX up and down about its lack of features. I asked her if she has 20 minutes to spare I wanted to show her something. She sat next to me as I pulled up X and went down the line and addressed every single one of her issues. Her statement ” I should probably take a closer look back at FCPX since you said they made those changes to it. Did you edit the piece on this?” I just shook my head….

    1. Sorry, you lost me. You shook your head because you had to admit that, even after demonstrating to her that FCPX had most of her would-be issues covered, none the less, you did not do her project in FCPX…? Or you shook your head because she still had to ask in spite of the demo you gave her? (seriously, I’d like clarification if you care to give it.)

      Thanks

      1. I shook my head yes (sorry for not clarifying) and that I did do her project in FCPX. Don’t get me wrong, I switched as well when they botched FCPX launch when it first came out and I floated between 7 & premiere for the most part of last year. Around July of this year I committed to an hour every other day playing around with FCPX. I am fully blown away by the work and progress Apple has been making on it (more so the implementation of features). I understand everyone’s reasons for not adopting right away but at this point, you really don’t have any reasons to hate on FCPX now. When it first came out, yes, now not so much.

  2. FCPX is coming along.

    Now if they would just update the MacPro to 100% current technology (including video cards!) so that it really had the horsepower to do these tasks reasonably quickly.

    1. I like this perspective. I’ve been editing for 27 years. Two weeks ago I took a day and a half and went through a reasonably thorough online tutorial and so far have done two series of short spots and two series of long-form programs. Depending on your real-world pre/post requirements, FCPX is fast, very fast compared to either FCP7 or CS6, (referring specifically to the user interface). At first it can feel a bit insulting to those of us who’ve spent half a professional career kickin it with the Avids, Premieres and traditional FCPs, but unless you know for a fact that it cannot meet your needs I’d take the time to be certain. It really is coming along – quite nicely in fact.

      1. You can give it any name you want but it doesn’t change it. For all the whining people have had over FCP X there are a mere few things that they want but ignore the over 60 features FCP X does better than any other editing system out there… 10.0.6 is just icing on the cake.

        Source: Professional editor and director; features, tv shows, international filmmaker

      1. its called “its already in there”. I don’t have to wait for Mother Apphole to parse “efficiency” out to me when they’ve “perfected” it……like Apphole Maps…you know

    1. I am going to address that for the sake of others reading who might be considering FCPX and are being (intentionally) mislead (as I am assuming you are just another apple hating troll)

      Right now there is an industry wide (top to bottom) crunch in post production (both dedicated and contractors)
      Presently, there are two groups of people, the agile and the dead (or soon to be dead)
      FCP X does do things differently. A new paradigm, so to speak. However it IS better at what it does, and with it you can be faster better and even cheaper (because you had to spend less time)
      By locking on to a dinosaur like premiere, you give your competitors a real advantages in agility, baseline cost and presentation. Clinging to old standards and refusing to learn new, in the present environment, can easily be fatal. (as so many have discovered)

      So, btaylor is likely just a silly little windows fanboy who can’t choose FCP X. However, those who can would be well advised to download the free trial and put a day or two into trying it. They will find a tool that (IMHO) is significantly easier, better and faster at crafting a compelling storyline than anything out there, at any price. (add to that that it costs less to buy than the other leading editors charge for updates)
      Yes, being agile requires learning new things and new ways of doing them but it beats the alternative by a country mile.

      1. and i dont use windows..I FREAKIN LOVE MACs–have for the past 20 years. ive converted countless pc dorks to macs to boot. i started on premiere on a mac and moved to video appliances before desktops matured–adopted final cut pro version 1—BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE INDUSTRY when it arrived.

        im surprised fcpx doesn’t have a “social media”(blech$#!) component so you can “share and update all your friends or your latest cool project”.

        freakin social consumerism…ill be glad when this bull$hit trend has passed!!!

        1. You can find the social media sharing in FCP under the “Share” menu. There you’ll find sharing to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, CNN iReport, email, podcast producer…

          I may be older than you, and I don’t do “social media”, but it has been long clear to me that those platforms are here to stay, and they are rapidly gaining in importance as distribution channels for professionally-produced high-quality video content. Companies that ignore them are doing it at their own peril.

          FCP is the tool of the new decade and the new generation. Like it or hate it, the world of social media is here and our world is apparently long gone.

          I may be too old for social media, so I’ll just count down my days until retirement. But I would be an idiot to label it bull$hit.

          1. Touche’. But I meant ‘social media’ more along the lines of the iTunes Ping debacle. Hell Final Cut 7 has the ‘Share’ feature

            And I’m 45. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram…so it is bull$hyt to me and I’m not willing to give in to my new over-socialized hipster brethren.

  3. What another great update. FCP X was the best since 10.0.1, got better with any update, and is now closed to perfection. As a long time sufferer from Premiere Pro and the previous Final Cut versions I’d like to say: Thanks, Apple.

    All the people who still complain about FCP X should wake up and try it seriously. This is the best video edition software on the planet for a ridiculous low price.

  4. The price also includes 5 computers, adding to the value. The ability to quickly update and improve is a great advantage. This is not the same FCP X from a year ago, next year will be different, without a upgrade charge. IMHO most people don’t see a big advantage, the forward workflow. Writers can use this visually see and test scripts, place holders. As the work progresses the needs of each clip can be noted. This can reduce shooting time. When clips are imported the metadata is added. The editing can be simplified by quickly finding the needed clips. FCP X can be used throughout the entire filmmaking process. Of course Apple does not explain advantages when it comes to Macs.

    1. I believe there is no limitation to 5 computers, if this is for “personal use”. In other words, you can download any app purchased through Mac App Store to any number of Macs that you personally own, as long as you are the only user (with some leeway there for family members). For professional use, where there are multiple users (not related to the original user), Apple asks you to buy an individual license for each individual user.

      People often confuse restrictions on iTunes Store with those on Mac App Store. The iTunes Store limits your music, movies and shows to five Macs and up to 10 mobile devices (the burden of licensing with the music labels…). Mac App Store has no such limitations for Mac software.

  5. Apple does not make software to generate a ton of profit; they make it primarily to sell hardware. As already mentioned, for your few hundred bucks you can install on FIVE Macs. So, why on earth are they polishing FCP X into such a great product without likewise bringing us some new Mac Pros? Earlier this year I bought the top of the line iMac, thinking “maybe it’s gotten good enough for pro production.” It’s not! I want a new, modern Mac Pro, and so do a lot of others. Come on Apple, quit being so coy about the Pro. Give us a road map.

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