Got a tip for us? Share it...

New in OS X: Get MacRumors Push Notifications on your Mac

Resubscribe Now Close

Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X with Multicam Support, Advanced Chroma Keying, and XML Support

Following up on promises to bring support for major features such as multicam editing and XML compatibility, Apple today announced the launch of Final Cut Pro X v. 10.0.3 with a number of enhancements. The release follows another major update released last September and another minor one released in November.
Apple today released Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3, a significant update to its revolutionary professional video editing application, which introduces multicam editing that automatically syncs up to 64 angles of video and photos; advanced chroma keying for handling complex adjustments right in the app; and enhanced XML for a richer interchange with third party apps and plug-ins that support the fast growing Final Cut Pro X ecosystem. Available today as a free update from the Mac App Store, Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 also includes a beta of broadcast monitoring that supports Thunderbolt devices as well as PCIe cards.
Apple also notes that several third-party developers have also taken steps to expand the capabilities of Final Cut Pro X, including the new release of 7toX [Mac App Store, $9.99] from Assisted Editing to move Final Cut Pro 7 projects to Final Cut Pro X.


Multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X v.10.0.3

Final Cut Pro X [Mac App Store] is available in the Mac App Store and is priced at $299.99. The new 10.0.3 update appears to still be rolling out to the store and may not be available for all users yet.
- Multicam editing with automatic sync and support for mixed formats, mixed frame rates, and up to 64 camera angles
- Advanced chroma keying with controls for color sampling and edge quality
- Media relink for manual reconnect of projects and Events to new media
- Ability to import and edit layered Photoshop graphics
- XML 1.1 with support for primary color grades, effect parameters, and audio keyframes
- Beta version of broadcast monitoring with third-party PCIe and Thunderbolt I/O devices
Update: Apple has also released Motion 5.0.2 [Mac App Store, $49.99], bringing several enhancements to the effect editor that serves as a companion to Final Cut Pro.
- Improved speed and responsiveness of text editing
- Ability to automatically add animation keyframes when recording is disabled
- Keyboard shortcut for re-positioning animation curves or paths
- Ability to adjust the pan and scale of an image in a drop zone
- Enhanced look of the Keyframe editor for easier keyframe viewing and editing
Update 2: The updated version of Final Cut Pro X [Mac App Store] is now available. Apple has also released Compressor 4.0.2 [Mac App Store, $49.99], an update to the Final Cut Pro tool for project export.
- Markers set as chapter markers by default
- Addition of Uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit 4:2:2 to export settings list
- Improved speed of transcoding from Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 to ProRes

Top Rated Comments

(View all)

34 months ago

Most of us have already moved on to Avid or Premiere. We can't afford the uncertainty.


Yeah, I don't think so. "Most of us." Most of yourself, perhaps.
Rating: 54 Votes
34 months ago

Looking forward to seeing the initial reviews from the industry pros with this release. Hopefully it addresses the majority of the major issues that the original release brought, but I'll hold my breath until I hear what a few of those guys who use this day-in, day-out have to say about its features, usability and performance. Still, the fact the the update has finally been released is at least encouraging.


Most of us have already moved on to Avid or Premiere. We can't afford the uncertainty.
Rating: 50 Votes
34 months ago

Yeah, I don't think so. "Most of us." Most of yourself, perhaps.


You don't work in a post-production house or in broadcast do you? My firm is in the process of moving to Premiere. The news organization I used to work for is in the process of doing the same. Buddies who cut in LA and NYC have already jumped ship to Avid Media Composer. So when I say "most of us", I mean most of the editors I know and interact with regularly who span the industry. It's a pretty good sample.
Rating: 32 Votes
34 months ago

They never screwed us over, they just nuked the fridge and forced us to look elsewhere to invest our money in equipment and future roadmaps. We can adapt, but we can't keep using your product when you cut key professional features with no CLEAR roadmap as to when or if we'll get those features back. That being said, I'll play around with this, but my industry has already moved on, so it'll only do me any good on my personal projects.


I work in post and *no one* has moved to MC or Premier. No business person would make such a knee-jerk reaction such as that! FCP 7 didn't somehow stop working when FCPX came out... smh.

Anyone who has been in the business knows that new technology takes time to sort and out and don't jump on bandwagons or off bandwagons because of a product update.

FCPX *clearly* looks like a great way forward in terms of file based media. Add to that the implementation of Thunderbolt devices and you have very powerful platform. With feedback from us pros Apple has proven time and time again that they listen to their customers.
Rating: 32 Votes
34 months ago

You don't work in a post-production house or in broadcast do you? My firm is in the process of moving to Premiere. The news organization I used to work for is in the process of doing the same. Buddies who cut in LA and NYC have already jumped ship to Avid Media Composer. So when I say "most of us", I mean most of the editors I know and interact with regularly who span the industry. It's a pretty good sample.


I worked in broadcast and produced, directed, and edited live TV. My degree is in broadcast communication. And I still call BS on your "most of us" baloney statement.
Rating: 32 Votes
34 months ago
My god are people that neurotic?

Apple releases new Final Cut. Has some issues.

People's reaction:
OH NO THIS BREAKS MY CURRENT SETUP I HAVE TO SWITCH :eek:

Seriously? It's a code over haul. It may have been released a bit too early, but it takes time to add those legacy features back in. And I have confidence that they will.

As for the legacy features that won't come back, get over it and adapt. Or sure, switch if you really have to. But don't be neurotic.

I work in a post production house and we're still running FCP 6 for crying out loud. And we've never had a problem.

I believe FCP X will be the one everyone wants in the near future. I'm waiting excitedly to see where it goes. For the time being, my setup works perfectly fine.
Rating: 31 Votes
34 months ago

Ok, you can call BS all you want. I've done the same as you on an international broadcast level as well as film, corporate and PR experience and have the same degree. To each their own, I'm just going on the swath of editors that I know. And if you think FCP X is ready for primetime...you must be working in community cable access.


Congratulations! I hope Avid also comes with a complimentary weiner-sling which you'll need to carry around all your international broadcast and film credentials, whilst you look down at all the smaller station professionals with the rest of your "most of us" pals.
Rating: 30 Votes
34 months ago

I worked in broadcast and produced, directed, and edited live TV. My degree is in broadcast communication. And I still call BS on your "most of us" baloney statement.


Ok, you can call BS all you want. I've done the same as you on an international broadcast level as well as film, corporate and PR experience and have the same degree. To each their own, I'm just going on the swath of editors that I know. And if you think FCP X is ready for primetime...you must be working in community cable access.

From your previous posts on the topic, it's obvious that while you feel you are only "scratching the surface with what FCP X can do", that surface is only skin deep in my part of the industry where i deal with Discovery Channel, National Geographic, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Comcast, CNN, etc. THOSE are my clients, and they are not interested in wasting time with Apple's lack of a roadmap. I have to collaborate and interact with them and deliver material with the most professional tools available. FCPX is not that tool...sorry to disappoint.
Rating: 26 Votes
34 months ago

An example? OK- here's a clip we pumped out last summer in about 4 days. 3 camera shoot, multi format, & a client breathing down our neck. Graphics created in motion, seamlessly integrated into FCPX sequence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlcVuluInsk&feature=related

BAM.


That looks like the same stuff that has been airing on daytime cable tv since 1988 or so. No offense, but I wouldn't hold that up as an example of some sort of achievement. Speaking as an outsider to the industry who did stuff like that for hobby projects more than a decade ago, it's not impressive.
Rating: 25 Votes
34 months ago
What I don't understand is why Apple didn't make it more clear they were going to add these features back. I understand their need for secrecy, but sometimes they seriously overdo it.
Rating: 23 Votes

[ Read All Comments ]