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  • Apple Releases Final Cut X



    Final Cut X is now available from the Mac App Store for $299 along with Motion 5 and Compressor 4 for $49.99 each.

    Apple unveiled the completely rebuilt FCX at this year's National Association of Broadcaster's Conference, touting the programs new 64-bit architecture, something competing programs have had for over a year. The programs sports a completely revamped magnetic timeline, and absorbs the functionality of a number of programs that used to make up the Final Cut Studio Suite.

    However, with the new software taking advantage of the 64-bit platform and GPU acceleration, some older Macs wont be compatible. Mac Pro users with older ATI graphics cards seem to be the culprit. However, Apple's Mac Store wont allow users with incompatible hardware to download the program. Hooray for OS integrated app stores.

    Still, there seems to be some early backlash from the pro community. 9 to 5 Mac had a pro reader write in explaining these frustrations:

    The new final cut pro x is being received very badly by pro editors. There is not support for many of the key features required in pro editing. Namely: No support for previous FCP project files. No support for output for tape (used in TV companies) no support for EDL and no support for XML. This is unequivocally not a a Professional program. Unless Apple release some updates addressing these key issues which mark the divide between consumer and pro, the pro community will very quickly leave apple behind.
    In-depth reviews are still a long ways out. I myself will be getting my hands on the software soon, and will be giving my thoughts on the changes to FCX.

    Source: Apple, 9 to 5 Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Releases Final Cut X started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. juliofernandez's Avatar
      juliofernandez -
      no EDL support????? no XML support???? Not previous project support????? Who need then this useless piece of software??? Bye Apple Final Cut and Hello Adobe Premiere....
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      Looks much more like iMovie now.
    1. chadguy's Avatar
      chadguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by DisneyRicky View Post
      Looks much more like iMovie now.
      I agree. As a FORMER FCP user, I would have walked away from FCP for sure if I had to relearn the software. Seems that Apple wants to reinvent the wheel on this one. Our entire production moved to Adobe months ago as I was tired of being stuck with 32 bit software. As a pro editor, I want software designed for pro editing. FCPX looks more like a Windoze Movie Maker competitor. The new features designed at organizing footage look nice, but that's about it, and bragging about 64 bit performance this late in the game is sad.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by juliofernandez View Post
      no EDL support????? no XML support???? Not previous project support????? Who need then this useless piece of software??? Bye Apple Final Cut and Hello Adobe Premiere....
      They said support for those would be out shortly with an update.

      I am anxious to give it a go.
    1. Maxner's Avatar
      Maxner -
      Is it possible to have the new final cut and an older Version (Final cut pro 7) installed, or does the installation automatically delete the old final cut?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Nope it creates a conflict. That is a big problem.