Changes Coming to Final Cut Pro x

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Long-time newsletter reader and Final Cut Pro developer Alex Gollner (Alex4D) posted a blog late yesterday about a secret meeting between Apple and some of its enterprise customers in London.

You can read the entire blog here.

Here’s a summary of the key points that Alex listed in his blog, covering tweets from Sam Johnson, who attended the event:

1. FCP XML in/out is coming via 3rd party soon…no FCP 6/7 support project support coming ever it seems…

2. Ability to buy FCP7 licenses for enterprise deployments coming in the next few weeks…

3. FCPX EDL import/export coming soon…

4. FCPX AJA plugins coming soon for tape capture and layback…capture straight into FCPX bins.

5. XSAN support for FCPX coming in the next few weeks…

6. FCPX Broadcast video output via #Blackmagic & @AJAVideo coming soon…

7. Additional codec support for FCPX via 3rd Parties coming soon…

8. Customizable sequence TC in FCPX for master exports coming soon…

9. Some FCPX updates will be free some will cost…

So far, there is no official word from Apple about this.

What I find most interesting about these statements is the degree to which Apple is counting on third-party developers, rather than Apple itself, to provide missing features in Final Cut Pro X.

Next week, both AJA and Blackmagic Design are doing stage presentations at my Final Cut Pro X Event – we should learn a lot more about this latest news then.

Click here to learn more about our Final Cut Pro X event.



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  1. Greg Daniels says:

    @Silas Denyer by the time you ‘win’ with iMovie Pro; by that I mean, by the time everyone else fixes all the gaping holes in this sorry excuse for a release, you’ll have spent the cost of an Avid license and then some.

    Not to mention once it’s marginally fit for professional use; all the time you’re going to waste relearning the very basics of NLE. Getting your head round new lexicon isn’t so bad but Projects are now Sequences… flag it.

    Avid and Adobe is ready now! … hell QT7 pro does it now not when some 3rd party gets around to it.

  2. I like many others have spent years and dollars learning FCP–setting up what I thought to be the optimum editing system.

    I have not jumped out to purchase X — I rely on the feedback of others before i make a leap to any new software.

    After reading the news and listening to others–I truly believe that Apple has conceded the Professional end to Avid and Adobe. They would rather market a program that has more amateur appeal but would satisfy the low end of the pro market ( allowing room for those amateurs to grow)–they have decided that it’s a numbers game–a program that they can continually expand upon through their “App” store –bottom line they make more money.

    I think that Apple has already strategized for the long term–and yes they hope the “pros” will hang in there with them–but I don’t think they care whether they do or they don’t!

    Sad but seems to be a reality.

    I’ll continue to use FCP7 as long as I can…and then we’ll see how developments go in the “X” world–but in the back of my mind for me–I’m thinking of jumping ship to a software that I believe will be around for the long term!

  3. Larry:

    Re: FCPX Interface – I’m having a difficult time cutting Apple slack on this. Sure, new ideas drive progress, but different doesn’t always equal better. A lot of things in the new UI seem arbitrary to me. I’m not convinced these decisions are technology driven. A UI/UE designer has great latitude in how to represent the tools and interactions that make up an interface. The ultimate decisions are a direct reflection of the designer’s assumptions, priorities, and values. The FCPX UI/interaction model speaks volumes in this regard.


  4. tom says:

    “Interesting” is a hard euphemism regarding apple having everything outsourced to 3. partys… why cut down on in house developers having so much cash at hand… or are there no more around to spare… all working on iphone stuff… 🙁

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