Apple Launches Final Cut Pro X [Updated]

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Apple announced the immediate availability of Final Cut Pro X on Tuesday. The new version of the professional video editing application includes a redesigned iMovie-like user interface, background rendering, 64-bit support, and is available only through Apple’s Mac App Store.

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The new interface sports a Magnetic Timeline for trackless editing, Clip Connections for linking primary story clips to elements like titles or sound effects so they stay in sync when moved, and Content Auto-Analysis for auto-tagging content during import. FCPX also includes OpenCL support, and can edit content in native formats instead of first transcoding.

The new version takes advantage of Apple’s Grand Central Dispatch to offer better performance since all cores in a Mac can be used to process video and effects. FCP X also supports 4K resolution-independent playback, uses non-destructive ColorSync color management, and allows for timecode keywords in clips.

Along with Final Cut Pro X, Apple also released Motion 5 and Compressor 4. The two apps previously were available as part of the Final Cut Studio editing suite.

Motion 5 lets users add special effects, transitions and titles to videos. Compressor handles media encoding and supports several different formats.

Missing from Apple’s editing lineup are DVD Studio Pro, SoundTrack Pro and Color. While the apps may be gone, Apple claims the features they offered aren’t.

Apple’s Final Cut Pro Web page stated, “Final Cut Pro X includes the key sound editing and color grading features from Final Cut Studio, so now you can use a single application for the entire post-production workflow.”

Final Cut Pro X is available at Apple’s Mac App Store for US$299. Previously, Final Cut Pro cost $999.

Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are priced at $9.99 each, and are available at the Mac App Store.

[This article has been updated with additional FCP details.]

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15 Comments Leave Your Own

boley

Motion 5 and Compressor are $49.99 each not $9.99

Lee Dronick

“Final Cut Pro X is available at Apple?s Mac App Store for US$299. Previously, Final Cut Pro cost $999.”

it looks to me that this is replacing Final Cut Express. A search for it at the Apple online store turns up no results.

duan

no it’s replacing final cut full stop.
there’s a paradigm shift that’s happening here and in some ways its good in some ways it’s bad but apple are betting that their control over the delivery system (the app store) is going to lead to a situation where they will be able to achieve higher levels of sales, especially if the price ‘professional’ software within reach of the common man.

Similarly new software’s actually going to be the driver of new hardware in cases now as well, in that with the movement towards cloud and web interfaces for mundane day to day stuff what’s the need for the average person to upgrade a machine - once it can run the OS and browsers efficiently. IOS & Android’s successes have shown that you don’t need a powerful computer to do a lot - so to sell powerful computers you need things that people want to run on them available at affordable prices.

I remember paying nearly ?500 for ms office license, yet now you can get 3 license of the bits most people need (excel/word/powerpoint) for ?150 - back in the bad old days that’d have cost ?1500.
it’s also something that Adobe haven’t transitioned to yet - as anyone who’s thought about going to CS 5.5 in a working environment.
Right now the cost of upgrading a machine in our working environment is no big deal - yet the cost of speccing it out with the production style stuff that we need is!

Lee Dronick

Duan, I don’t see Final Cut Express for sale in the Apple Online Store. If you click on the link www.apple.com/finalcutexpress it refreshes to www.apple.com/finalcutpro Final Cut Pro X is only $100 more than what was list price for Final Cut Express. I am thinking that Final Cut Express has been discontinued and replaced by this new software.

duan

well sure, but essentially what they’ve done is go
iMovie: Free
Final Cut Pro: 299
{add on modules @ 49)

where before they had
iMovie: Free
Final Cut Express: 199
Final Cut Studio (with all add ons) 999

duan

I should point out as someone who bought Final Cut Studio for the higher price in last 6 months I’d have loved a bit of a price break as an upgrade!

Lee Dronick

I should point out as someone who bought Final Cut Studio for the higher price in last 6 months I?d have loved a bit of a price break as an upgrade!

Oh yeah! I got Aperture for Christmas and then a few months later it is in the App Store for a significant discount. Along that line, I am much happier using Aperture than iPhoto. Sure there is a learning curve, but it is well worth it.

KitsuneStudios

I’m excited that Compressor is now available as a standalone feature. It’s so much more powerful than the compression features included with After Effects or Premiere, and is a useful addition for Adobe Production Bundle owners.

Lee Dronick

I am not a video professional, I have done small projects using iMove and/or QuickTime Pro. So a question for you video pros, or those well beyond the hobbyist phase, what do you think of the feature set of this software? How does it compare to Final Cut Studio and what Adobe offers?

John Dingler, artist

Apple is awesome; It completely rewrote the program, and it offers it at a poke-in-the-eye price to Adobe and its competing Premiere.

Adobe should feel challenged, but I wonder if it will be able to keep up.

And what about Avid? Oh my.

diverreb

Read the reviews on the App from Pro users.  The majority are calling it iMovie on Steroids and feel Apple has mislead by calling it a Pro App.

There are a host of missing features from FCP 7….  And you apparently can’t import stuff from FCP, but you can from iMovie.  It has 60 Five Star Ratings, mostly from non pros and 77 One Star ratings, all from Pros. 

That speaks volumes…

dhp

Ouch—those reviews! I find it ironic that Apple has felt it necessary to completely change the name of their online service every time they change some features (iTools>.mac>MobileMe>iCloud), but here they have written a completely new video editing application with no compatibility with the the previous one, and apparently have changed the target audience for the app by ignoring important ‘pro’ features, yet still they call it Final Cut Pro.

I got an email from Apple saying I had a year to prepare for the end of MobileMe, yet professional video editors are not being warned that none of their existing projects will open in FCP X. (And some are reporting that it overwrites FCP 7!)

John Dingler, artist

Two points about pro users: Remember when pro users who were content with DOS whined that they will never use a mouse? I read about that. And, besides, Apple is likely not finished with “pro” capabilities. This is because its track record indicates that it releases a product where everything works excellently but then later adds features to satisfy whiners and stodgy malcontents.

Terrin

I read those. The main complaint seems to be that you can’t import projects from previous versions of Final Cut Pro. If accurate, that is a strange omission. Apple should have made that clear, otherwise it really isn’t an update.

To Apple’s credit it performed a hugh undertaking. Namely, moving legacy complex software to Cocoa. In the proccess it added many features, but left some out as well. Apple, however, owed its loyal pros full disclosure about what was left out especially the inability to import past projects.

Read the reviews on the App from Pro users.  The majority are calling it iMovie on Steroids and feel Apple has mislead by calling it a Pro App.
There are a host of missing features from FCP 7?.  And you apparently can?t import stuff from FCP, but you can from iMovie.  It has 60 Five Star Ratings, mostly from non pros and 77 One Star ratings, all from Pros. 
That speaks volumes?

Lee Dronick

And, besides, Apple is likely not finished with ?pro? capabilities. This is because its track record indicates that it releases a product where everything works excellently but then later adds features to satisfy whiners and stodgy malcontents.

As someone who currently doesn’t have any video editing software beyond iMovie and QuickTIme Pro I wouldn’t have to unlearn an older version of Final Cut. I had been eying Final Cut Express. This new software is only $100 more, but seems much more featured.

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