Apple releases Final Cut Pro X

Finally, after whetting our appetites for long enough, Apple releases Final Cut Pro X, a revolutionary software tool that will change the face of video editing, but only on Macs. There was much speculation about when it’d be released, knowing that Apple normally runs press releases on Tuesdays, and since they promised it to be in June, it was highly likely to be today, or next week.

For long enough, Apple has lagged behind Grass Valley’s Edius offering, or even Adobe Premiere, but the loyalists have stuck with their stunted versions of Final Cut Pro and found workarounds for what they needed, not with the cost of time or money, though.

Today, I opened the App Store and was presented with an extremely oh-you-will-not-miss-it eye-catching pane that highlights the new offering from Apple. It also has links to the Motion and Compressor packages. Price-wise, it is simply fabulous. Final Cut Pro X is priced at USD299.99, while the other 2 products are USD49.99 each.

From the official Apple press release, it states:

At the heart of Final Cut Pro X is the Magnetic Timeline, a trackless approach to editing your footage that lets you add and arrange clips wherever you want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way. You can use Clip Connections to link primary story clips to other elements like titles and sound effects, so they stay in perfect sync when you move them. You can even combine related story elements into a Compound Clip that can be edited as a single clip. The groundbreaking new Auditions feature lets you swap between a collection of clips to instantly compare alternate takes.

Professionals in the industry seem to like it, and one of the comments heard is:

I’m blown away by what Apple has done with Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro X is incredibly modern and fast, but most importantly it lets you focus on telling your story in the most creative way, while it actively manages all of the technical details.
Angus Wall, Academy Award-winning film editor

Features I’m going to love about FCP X are:

  • Auto-syncing of audio files (goodbye PluralEyes)
  • Background rendering – do you know how much time this will save???
  • Image stabilization – woohooo…
  • Audio clean up – eliminate rumbles and hums upon ingest. Wow!
  • Color matching - Select a clip, pick another to color match it to. Boom, it’s done!
  • 64-bit capabilities – time to stock up on more RAM to juice up the machines!
  • Multi-processor support – simultaneous operations can occur, and save time!

Here are some screenshots taken from the Apple App Store.

To have a sneak preview of what the software is all about, take a look at what user FinaCutKing has to say in his YouTube video.

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3 Comments

  1. Rui Di - June 22, 2011

    you made me can’t wait to install my hackintosh :p

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