Apple Addresses Complaints with Final Cut Pro X Update

Apple released the first update for Final Cut Pro X on Tuesday, addressing many of the complaints users voiced when the new pro-level video editing application was introduced. The company also started offering a 30-day trail version of the app so users can take it for a test drive before buying the full version.

The version 10.0.1 update added rich XML import and export, which will let the application work with other applications, just as Final Cut Pro 7 does. Apple said that DaVinci Resolve from Blackmagic Design, CatDV from Square Box System, and several other third-party companies are planning on offering Final Cut Pro X support thanks to XML support.

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The update also added a new Roles feature that supports intelligent stem export that lets users tag timeline elements so they can export specific parts of a project without manually enabling or disabling tracks.

The addition of Xsan support means Final Cut Pro X users can remotely collaborate on projects, too.

Version 10.0.1 also added Lion full screen support, GPU acceleration, one-step transitions, and a camera import SDK for third-party camera makers.

Apple also made the unusual move of saying what features will be added to the application in the future. Both multicam editing and broadcast-quality video monitoring will be added to the Final Cut Pro in “early 2012.”

Final Cut Pro X is priced at US$299.99 and is available for download through Apple’s Mac App Store. The update is available for free.