Multicam Editing & More Come to Final Cut Pro X

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Final Cut Pro X

Multicam editing has returned to the Final Cut Pro product line with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3, released by Apple on Tuesday.

Available soon as a free update via the Mac App Store, today’s addition of multicam editing brings back a feature that was lost in the transition from Final Cut Pro 7 to X last summer. The feature, which is critical to many professional video editors, was a key point in the industry’s backlash to the software upon its release.

Apple responded to industry criticism by updating the product quickly last year, and promising to bring multicam support by “early 2012.” Having met that goal, Apple is clearly demonstrating responsiveness to the video editing community as it steadily returns functionality to the Final Cut Pro software, which was completely rewritten last year. 

Today’s update also brings enhanced XML support, providing better interoperability with third party apps and plug-ins, and a beta implementation of broadcast monitoring, with support for both Thunderbolt devices and PCIe connections.

Macworld received an advanced copy of the update and has a more extensive look at its features. As of the time of this post the update has not appeared in the Mac App Store but it is expected soon.

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3 Comments

John Dingler, artist

The update, and with more to follow, should cause less whining and handwringing from those only marginally and/or reluctantly in the Apple camp as well as those who shouted that FCP-X is targeting the casual interests of mere amateurs.

Lee Dronick

The update, and with more to follow, should cause less whining and handwringing from those only marginally and/or reluctantly in the Apple camp as well as those who shouted that FCP-X is targeting the casual interests of mere amateurs.

To hear some blog lizards whine you would think that FCP7 and their Macs suddenly stopped working when the new version came out.

As to amateurs I am thinking that it is time for me to move on from iMovie.

KitsuneStudios

To be fair, Apple completely bungled the initial product transition thanks to their corporate secrecy policies.

Had Apple simply kept FCP 7 in circulation for a few more months, and let people know the roadmap for the reintroduction of the missing pro features, there would have been a lot less panic.

As it was, pro users were forced to try and figure out Apples intentions themselves, at a time where the Mac Pro hadn’t been updated in a year, the App Store and Lion were moving to a more iOS paradigm, the old version was yanked and the new one incomplete. There were plenty of legitimate reasons to worry.

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