Final Cut Pro X Adding RED Support this Year

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Just as the annual National Association of Broadcasters conference started ramping up in Las Vegas, Apple previewed some planned updates for its professional video editing application Final Cut Pro X. Support for RED cameras, along with multi-channel audio editing tools, will find their way into Final Cut Pro X this year, as will MXF and dual viewer support.

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Apple shared the details with video trainer and consultant Larry Jordan, who said he’s glad to know the updates are on the way, and that the company is actively working to improve Final Cut Pro X.

“It was an interesting meeting,” Mr. Jordan said on his blog. “Apple clearly wants it known that FCP X should be considered a professional application, that development is on-going, and that they are listening to comments from users.”

He added that Apple left him thinking that another application may be in the works for the Final Cut family, although he didn’t know what that might be.

Apple introduced Final Cut Pro X during NAB last year, although the company doesn’t have an official presence at the event. While Apple may not participate in trade shows anymore, the company still takes advantage of the conferences to get its message out, and it looks like the current message is that the features video editors want are coming to Final Cut Pro X.

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Carsten Legaard

Why not last year?

Tik Tok

What about the Mac Pro?  The neglect in getting our heavyweight hardware updated is implying that Apple may be abandoning this critical tool for professionals in the graphics industry, including those who use Final Cut Pro. 

And, on the latter, its inability to import legacy video projects is simply a massive kick in the face for prior users of the product, who may have thousands of hours, and umpteen dollars, invested in those earlier versions that were rendered unreadable by FCP X.

We know that this industry buoyed Apple all through its hardest times, and we were proud that Apple products there dominated all comers.  It would be very, very disappointing if Apple abandons its edge to Avid, and also makes us all look for Windows or Linux to handle the kinds of jobs the Mac Pro should be doing by giving up on this vital hardware.

Substance

Why not last year?

My guess (with a little bit of prior research thrown in) would be that since FCP X is written from scratch that Apple just hasn’t gotten around to it yet.  For an example just look at QuickTime X.  Like FCP X it is also written from the ground up in Cocoa and it still doesn’t have many of the features that it’s Carbon predecessor had.  And when I say “from the ground up”, I don’t just mean the app itself.  I’m talking about the frameworks underneath it, such as CoreVideo, CoreAnimation, and many, many more that are still early in their evolutionary lifecycle. The previous frameworks evolved over…what, 2 decades?  Trust me, building OS frameworks that will live for the long-run is not easy stuff.

What is easy is giving your user-base a heads-up on your long-term direction and giving them a sense that they haven’t been abondoned.  John Martellaro has written about this several times much more beautifully than I ever could.  There are signs that the Tim Cook flavor of Apple will do a better job of this, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.  Case in point:

its inability to import legacy video projects is simply a massive kick in the face for prior users of the product, who may have thousands of hours, and umpteen dollars, invested in those earlier versions that were rendered unreadable by FCP X.

Would it kill Apple to give pro users like Tik Tok an admission that FCP X is still a work-in-progress, has some notable lacking features, but that help will eventually be coming?

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