While the world’s attention was on Tim Cook and Phil Schiller on stage announcing the latest Apple hardware this morning, engineers back at the main campus were busy updating Final Cut Pro X.
The 10.0.6 release of Final Cut Pro X, earlier today, is probably the most extensive update to the program since its initial release; with the 10.0.3 release coming in second.
Here is Apple’s announcement:
Here is a great initial review from Philip Hodgetts:
We are already at work creating new video training on all the new features – it will be out as an update to our existing Final Cut Pro X training later this month.
When I met with Apple at the NAB Show last April, they promised four new features would be added to Final Cut Pro X before the end of the year:
Apple delivered on all their promises with this release. And much more…
I’m looking forward to sharing all these new features with you in both articles and video training. For now, it is great to know that Final Cut Pro X continues to improve in ways that benefit all of us.
It is exciting seeing all the new hardware that Apple announced today. Keep in mind, however, that the new gear does not contain internal SuperDrives and the iMacs don’t contain FireWire ports.
This means that for all of us with FireWire hard disks, we will need to get converters from FireWire to either USB 3 or Thunderbolt. I don’t have a recommendation for a product or brand, but I suspect these will quickly become available shortly after the new hardware starts shipping.
By the way, I am very impressed with the specs to the new iMac and will be adding the 27″ iMac into our editing bays when it ships in December.
As always, I’m interested in your opinions.
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Regarding USB 3.0 – How reliable is it for Video Editing? I’m considering a USB 3.0 Mobile Drive for my MacBook Pro, mainly the Touro Mobile Pro 1TB solution from HGST since it use their latest 7200rpm 2.5 in HDD. My major concern is that this drive is bus-powered and I was not sure if bus-powered drives would be sufficient for HD Video Editing. Currently I am only working with 1080p HD footage. Many thanks for your time!
A single drive hard disk delivers ABOUT 120 MB/sec. USB 3 is more than fast enough to support this. The fact that it gets power from the bus is not an issue. The key question, is not the size of your image, but the codec (video format) you are shooting and how many streams of video you need to see at once. Any format other than HDCAM should be fine with this setup. And if you are only watching one stream (video clip) at any given instant, this system should also be fine.
The footage is using the AVCHD, MPEG4 codecs at 1920 x 1080i / 60 fps, and 1920 x 1080p / 24 fps for most projects at this point. So far none of the footage we have been working with has been over Consumer-grade HD. Primarily small budget independent films, and Educational-sector productions. I’ve just recently dived into the HD editing world so I’m still getting acquainted with the changes. I’ve been editing with DV footage for over 10 years now but with the medium rapidly changing, the footage is pretty much HD formats today. Sounds like USB 3.0 & Thunderbolt were really created for RAID systems for optimum transfer speeds.
One more question – If you are using an ExpressCard/34 adapter for either USB 3.0 or eSATA, does that impact your overall transfer speed as well?
AVCHD is a very small footprint codec – about 3 MB/second. Your configuration will be fine.
An ExpressCard34 adapter has no material affect on transfer speed. And, you are correct, to get the MOST out of USB3 or Thunderbolt requires a RAID.
Thank you Larry for all your advice and expertise! Thank you for your contributions to our ever-changing industry & I really enjoy listening to you and Michael on the Digital Production Buzz. I wish you a Happy & Productive New Year!