Apple updates Final Cut Pro X & tries to win back the pros

Final Cut Pro XIn a new marketing effort Apple promotes Final Cut Pro X‘s strengths to win back professionals.

When Apple released their completely reworked editing software Final Cut Pro X in 2011 many users and lots of professionals were upset as the previous Version 7 was abandoned.

clipsexpanded_960You might remember that Final Cut Pro X was often referred to as “iMovie Pro” because it lacked many features required by professionals and offers a more automated approach to editing. Some have switched to a different editing system, others are still using Final Cut Pro 7, but many have remained skeptical.

radicalheroSince its release Apple has released several updates to add some required features back into the software and with their newest update they are also pushing out a marketing campaign to win back the hearts of professionals.
On their “in Action” page Apple displays several articles/portraits by industry professionals who use Final Cut Pro X and explain why they think it’s awesome.

The latest update adds support for Sony’s F5 & F55 4K AVCHD codec and an option to display Arri Alexa Log-C files with rec.709 gamma.

Those are definitely good moves to convince people that they haven’t forgotten the pro’s, but on the other hand Final Cut Pro X in its core is still, like most Apple products, an application that seems to run things in its own way requiring the editor to adjust, not the other way around.

What’s new in version 10.0.8

– Support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution
– Option to display ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 color and contrast levels
– Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render
– Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects
– Time reversed clips render in the background
– Ability to use key commands to adjust Clip Appearance settings in the timeline
– Ability to view reel number metadata located in the timecode track of video files
– Mono audio files in a surround project export with correct volume levels
– Drop zones no longer reset to the first frame of video after application restart
– Fixes a performance issue which resulted from selecting multiple ranges on a single clip
– Fixes an issue where the Play Around function did not work properly on certain clips when viewed through external video devices

Have you tried the Final Cut Pro X trial yet?
Are you more convinced that Final Cut Pro X might become ok after all?
What is missing/wrong with Final Cut Pro X?
What’s the best alternative to Final Cu Pro X?
Let us know in the comments.

via macrumors

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Milkjam
Milkjam
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March 17th, 2014

Still can’t export OMF. Not professional.

Ali Adhush
Ali Adhush
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January 12th, 2014

In the last year we’ve done a feature and an entire season of a TV series on Final Cut 7. We tried X at the beginning of both projects and found it to be a disaster of in-capabilities, in-compatibilities and idiotic design. I had to dump X. Its horrible to work with and the stain it left from the few, out of format segments we started in X stretched through the entire project. I will say, FCP 7 doesn’t do it all–it needs an upgrade to today’s codecs. Final Cut Pro 7 is a great system for bringing things together. We still had to do a lot of things on the outside, using Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, RedCineX-Pro and DaVinci. I gotta say I still like working with LiveType which was tossed out before they moved to 7. Just goes to show Apple has been too stupid to keep a good product in the past. We developed our own work flow for different elements, taking advantage of the best capabilities of all programs, even using some freeware. That said, there were NO functions that FCPX could do better than other programs.

Zarick Berger
Zarick Berger
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October 28th, 2013

I don’t think that it is ok to change the whole user experience in one update. Apple didn’t turn the PC into a tablet either, they created a tablet and continued producing PC’s.

For that reason, FCPX was a mistake on Apples part. To waste the time of hundreds of thousands of editors, is kind of egomaniac. You can give me a choice, but I don’t want to be forced to change my way of editing.

So now I’m editing on Premiere CC. It is what FCP 8 should have been and FCPX never will be.

Mike
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April 11th, 2013

Really like FCPX. Everything about it.

-M

Keith Bradshaw
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April 11th, 2013

I’ve edited with CS6, Final Cut 7 and FCPX. To me it’s a no brainer. FCPX smokes on my iMac. For everyday edits it’s my favorite. I can’t imagine not having a magnetic timeline.
I’m not saying that FCPX can do everything the Adobe suite does but lots of my work is pretty simple and I’d like to keep it that way. I don’t mind passing the After effects projects along to someone who has a little more time on their hands.
Apple doesn’t care about the people who won’t use it. There will be a million kids ready to take their place.

FCPX story- I had a client fly in from 1500 miles away to do a shoot and edit a project. We were 3 hours into the edit. Suddenly without warning the power goes out.
He quickly realized that I never saved anything. The guy was freaking out. I explained that there is no “save” or “save as” with this program.
When the power came back on I booted the computer, opened FCPX and everything came back exactly as it was.
To be honest. I was freaking out too. He just never knew it.

lbrings
lbrings
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April 5th, 2013

FCP X is a fantastic tool but just too different for a lot of editors. It requires also a really good machine (Core i7 – i5 minimum) with a good video card (1GO VRAM minimum) and enough RAM (16go is better).
At first FCP X seems to be a toy with a lot of automatism but by a clic you access to a whole bunch of manual tools, ergonomics that are really deep.
For my work with red files and HDSLR it is really well suited. It is fast, really faster than FCP7.
A lot of tools are here to manage your library (renaming, classification, keywording, automatic bins).
The auto sync of video and audio clips for dual recordings or multicams is really easy, flexible and clear to use (64 channels, use of proxys for more angles).
Editing is really simple and have features that were not in FCP 7. Magnetic timeline is really the key for faster and clearer work.
The timeline index helps to go through your story.
FCP X works well with with Da Vinci Resolve, Pro tools (with X2PRO plugin).
Export with seperate Roles is a new and very interesting way of mastering your films.
10.0.8 is not revolution but FCP X grows well and each upgrade makes it better and more professional.
I enjoy it every day.
Today a lot of really good tools do exist and I think that FCP X is one of them.

john
john
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April 4th, 2013

I see this was posted on April 1st!

Megss
Megss
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April 4th, 2013

Basically with FCPX the thing is that you can spend your time trying to keep your clips in place, disable that horrific magnetic timeline, group clips, compound clips….but you never know what will shift, what will get replaced, what will fall off a layer. and with no logic at all. your entire effort goes on trying not to screw your own project :)

Keith Bradshaw
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April 11th, 2013
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If you don’t know what will shift then you don’t know how to use the program. I actually saw a girl beating on her keyboard trying to make it work like Final Cut 7. HA!

Chris Quevedo
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April 3rd, 2013

my studio uses CS6, and premiere is our system, but when FCPX came out i did take the trial for a spin. to be honest, coming off of Final Cut Pro 7, it worked the way i thought 7 should have worked to begin with. were pieces missing? of course. many of which have been retrofitted back in. but i loved it! in fact i used it on a project that would have otherwise taken weeks, and i rocked it out in like a couple hours. i personally love it.
i’m still trying to save up just for a 50mm f/1.4 from canon, so i certainly can’t afford my own personal copy of FCPX, but if i could, and i had the option, i would be editing exclusively in that. but i don’t, so i can’t… lol

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