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Apple Announces Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 - Available Now


Apple has officially announced announced that Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are available today on the Mac App Store.
"Final Cut Pro X is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "We have shown it to many of the world's best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped."
The newest version of Final Cut Pro offers features such as Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption.

According to Apple's press release, Final Cut Pro X is available today for $299.99 from the Mac App Store. Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are also available today for $49.99 each from the Mac App Store.

Macworld posts a "First Look" at the software.
Apple's new Final Cut Pro X has been re-designed from the ground up with a radically different approach -- one that acknowledges and uses device and camera data in a manner that has never before been attempted in the video editing environment.
Update: Final Cut Pro [App Store], Motion [App Store] and Compressor [App Store] are live in the App Store.

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42 months ago
I hope a similar upgrade for aperture is in the works.

The new final cut looks really nice.. Unfortunately no matter what Apple does with it people will bitch. If they don't add enough features then "Apple doesn't care about the pro users" and if they don't streamline any features then "Apple has bloated software."

As always though, a poor artist blames his tools.
Rating: 11 Votes
42 months ago

Why are you mad about paying $400 instead of $600? (Or $900, or $1,200)


Because some people are never happy, is why.
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago
Beautiful price points
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago
Yes! Now do the same with Logic!
Rating: 6 Votes
42 months ago

I've tried to figure out who on earth this program is supposed to be for and based on these major absent capabilities, Final Cut Pro X must be designed exclusively for the iMovie editor that never plans to work with film or tape, does all of the coloring and sound mixing her/himself, and outputs their final work only to online social networks. In other words, no one that makes a living editing.

Without EDL, OMF, or tape support, there's virtually no project in the past four years that myself or any of the editors I work with could have used Final Cut Pro X to edit.


Yea, most of what I'm hearing from fellow editors is exactly the same. By all accounts this is just not a professional application. I keep hearing it feels too infantile and uncontrollable. Everyone keeps hopping there is some depth to what you can do with it and they just haven't found it yet through all the Imovie effects (the best quote I head so far is "why the hell would I need cheesy night vision binoculars!").

Not a good sign. Hell, I'm blown away astonished there is no multi-cam support! Though I guess if you've only ever shot something on one iphone why would you need to sync up two or more cameras.
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago

He doesn't, but he has been using this app for 6 weeks, unlike those other "editors" who have tried it for couple of hours. Not to mention he's one of the biggest authorities in this industry.


I don't think length of time of use weighs any heavier on some aspects of FCPX which are simply non-existent.

If you deal heavily with shooting with several cameras. NOT having multicam support (at this point at least) pretty much kills any desire for many editors to use it. Do you disagree? Do you disagree that something like that can be ascertained in seconds and not 6 weeks?

Also - I don't agree that Apple won't merge their products. As time goes by - there's less and less of a distinction between them
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago
Yeah....
Add me to the list of users that will stick with FCP7 for now. While FCPX appears to be streamlined, it seems that the streamlining is by taking away a lot of the depth and functionality of FCP and gearing more towards the simplicity of iMovie.

I like simplicity. I do. But Apple needs to realize that not everything under the sun has to be designed for the casual user.
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago

I would buy it but no Mac Store in Leopard :D
FAIL!


It wouldn't run on your computer anyway. It requires 10.6.7.
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago

Great to see it finally launched, but I am a bit angry that there is NO upgrade price for those of us who have more than one copy to upgrade :mad:


Why are you mad about paying $400 instead of $600? (Or $900, or $1,200)
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago

Yea, most of what I'm hearing from fellow editors is exactly the same. By all accounts this is just not a professional application. I keep hearing it feels too infantile and uncontrollable. Everyone keeps hopping there is some depth to what you can do with it and they just haven't found it yet through all the Imovie effects (the best quote I head so far is "why the hell would I need cheesy night vision binoculars!").

Not a good sign. Hell, I'm blown away astonished there is no multi-cam support! Though I guess if you've only ever shot something on one iphone why would you need to sync up two or more cameras.


Indeed. My further concern is that the roadmap for Apple is to create one hybrid app for all of their tools. IE - iPhoto and Aperture will merge. FCP & iMovie will merge, etc. I hope not as I think that offering lower and higher end products is important - even if it means more support required for having multiple products.

Really? Then why does Larry Jordan say otherwise?



I didn't realize that Larry Jordan spoke for every editor...
Rating: 5 Votes

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