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Early Final Cut Pro X Response Mixed, Updates Coming

Earlier today, Apple launched the much anticipated Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) to the Mac App Store. Originally described as a "dramatic and ambitious" change, it represents a complete rewrite and reimagining of Final Cut Pro, leading to some apprehension amongst professionals.


Since the initial release, several walkthroughs and impressions have been posted across the web and on our forums. Like the App Store ratings (shown above), the response has been mixed.

Philip Hodgetts provides an extensive blog post in question and answer form about what is and isn't included in Final Cut Pro X. He specifically reveals upcoming features that Apple has told him are coming. These include:

• "Multicam will come in a future release, when Apple decide[s] how best to implement it within the new application and architecture."
• "As of Version 1 and today‚Äôs release there is no direct import capability for [Final Cut Pro 6/7] projects. My understanding is that there will be an Apple-provided utility for importing XML from older projects to Final Cut Pro X."
• "the Apple folk made it abundantly clear that the ecosystem was very important to them, and that there will be a new, and much improved, replacement for the current XML workflow."

Larry Jordan who has been frequently quoted for his early comments about the Final Cut Pro X also weighs in. Jordan points out several of the improvements and disadvantages of the new system. He also points out that Apple is planning a quicker upgrade cycle for Final Cut Pro than they have in the past now that its in the App Store:
In the past, Apple used a 18 month, or so, cycle between updates. Now, Apple is telling me they are hoping to do an update once or twice a year.
Ultimately, despite the limitations, he expects that within the next 18 months practically all Final Cut customers will be running Final Cut Pro X due to the overall improvements.

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44 months ago
$300 for access to the beta...
Rating: 21 Votes
44 months ago
Apple should've waited to launch until they added XML and multicam support ... just sayin - a 3 star rating in the App Store? Ouch!
Rating: 12 Votes
44 months ago

I'm pretty sure 90% of those negative reviews come from people who never used the app.


I strongly disagree. I think the strongest negatives are coming from editors like myself who use FCP7 EVERY SINGE DAY!! Consumers can welcome this product with open arms, because it was built for them. However, the current version is not of use to editors, in terms of their workflows and deliverables. Those who use FCP and gave a positive review are optimists. They probably even acknowledge all its faults. I commend their loyalty.
Rating: 12 Votes
44 months ago
I think anybody who was expecting this to be ready to slot into a professional production workflow from day 1 has either not been following the relevant blog posts leading up to this release, or they're being somewhat naive. Apple aren't exactly famous for their airtight x.0 releases, and I for one wasn't expecting this to be any different.

I think now is a good time for FCP vets to start learning the new paradigms in preparation for when it reaches an acceptable level of maturity, and now is also obviously good for newcomers to the FCP fold to start learning their chops, but anybody who is either denouncing this as a write-off or claiming it to be the best thing ever when it's just 24 hrs old is probably jumping the gun somewhat.
Rating: 11 Votes
44 months ago
This is Final Cut Express X.
Rating: 11 Votes
44 months ago

I'm pretty sure 90% of those negative reviews come from people who never used the app.


I'm sure you now have to had purchased the app to rate it.
Rating: 11 Votes
44 months ago
Needed to open a previous project to make changes and found I couldn't inside Final Cut Pro X. I loaded up 7 to the following screen.
Rating: 10 Votes
44 months ago

You sure can't, but you can write a vapid review after you buy it without actually taking a few weeks to learn the software--a reasonable time frame for any serious professional to learn any piece of software.

It doesn't take a few weeks to discover missing features that render the software literally useless in a pro environment. It's like if Apple released a new versions of Pages that can neither open Pages documents or print - what the hell good is using it for two weeks going to do?
Rating: 10 Votes
44 months ago
Yes, I own it. Downloaded it this morning. Have a project on it already. On the plus side, it is pretty quick. I have it on a 2yr old MBP and it's editing a 1080p project I have. The steadycam and rolling shutter are a nice feature and I find the UI actually fairly easy to navigate. But.......

Some of the other stuff with this app is just completely nuts if you are a pro.
1) As said, no multicam
2) Better be sure you have backups of the files you import. If you decide you don't want a clip in your "Event" and you delete it, it wipes it off your hard drive.
3) You can't even mute an audio track if it coupled with a video track! You have to be frigging kidding me. You have to separate the audio from the video and then disable that audio track. Don't want to hear any audio. Too bad. You have to disable all of the audio tracks or mute the audio to your mac.
4) Weak support for multi-monitor. Basically you can put either, not both, your file viewer or viewer window on a second monitor. That is it.

For simple editing it won't be bad. If I worked in a major studio, production house, etc. I doubt you will be seeing this in there any time soon.
Rating: 9 Votes
44 months ago

At this point, all I can really say is -- some of these stuck-up, "whole world revolves around ME" pro video editors/producers will hopefully walk right out that open door, and maybe Apple will even slam it shut on their rears on the way out.


Do you honestly think that these people criticize apple because they're stuck-ups? Do you actually think they do it just to be primadonnas and have their field day? How would you feel if your computer stopped being to able to send e-mail, or I don't know, have a network connection? This isn't interface change complaining or training work avoidance, it's about not having legs and wanting to go for a walk



(I have yet to see Apple release a single "waterproof" product for example, or a "military spec" one..


Yet Final Cut is still called PRO

The key here is, you're getting an AWESOME video editing product for your dollar with FCP X


No what you're getting is a lesser product with fewer features than before and with less integration with anything out there. It is a brand new release but is has a number indicating there were others before it and uses the same name as its predecessor, do you think anyone would care if it was called imovie advanced?

It's fine if you like the product, but please stop apologizing for apple and acknowledge that you are not alone in this planet, criticism can be constructive as well, there are valid point across the board.
Rating: 9 Votes

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