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Apple Reveals 2012 Final Cut Pro X Update with Multichannel Audio Editing, RED Support and More


Apple met with video consultant and trainer Larry Jordan on the eve of the 2012 NAB show and shared some upcoming plans for Final Cut Pro X. The following features are expected in Final Cut Pro X in 2012:
- Multichannel Audio Editing Tools
- Dual Viewers
- MXF Plug-in Support
- RED camera support
Jordan goes into some light details about some of the new features. FCP X will be able to read MXF files directly without the need to convert to QuickTime. The same can be said for RED camera support whose files will be able to be edited natively. Finally, Apple explains that Dual Viewers is analogous to Source and Record monitors and that they will try to do it better than has been implemented in the previously.

While those are the only features officially announced, Apple indicated that they wouldn't be the only new features coming this year. Jordan also asked for hints about upcoming hardware, but Apple didn't provide any information.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference kicks off this week in Las Vegas. Apple has not held a major presence at the show in recent years, but did use the venue last year to introduce Final Cut Pro X. Apple again appears to have a presence at the show and is at least meeting with some prominent figures. The NAB runs through April 19th.

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33 months ago
The more time goes on, the more i really feel for Apple when it comes to FCPX. They screwed up when releasing it, but it looks as though they're really trying to make amends and give the people who purchased it the features they actually wanted, and as free updates. I purchased FCPX and have liked it since the beginning, but understood why some professionals thought it was a weak release.

You have to hand it to them, most of the major complaints about the initial release of the software, such as lack of broadcast monitoring, multicam, no XML capabilities and now viewer have all been rectified in a short time. Nice one Apple. And they're actually being a bit more public about the updates which is something they never usually do.

Now if only they released a fantastic Mac Pro to go with it, professionals like myself might finally shutup about Apple abandoning the Pro community.
Rating: 34 Votes
33 months ago
Yet no mac pro update to run it lol
Rating: 32 Votes
33 months ago

Though I'm not a video editor, I have used Final Cut 7 and I find the design quite dated.


This comment makes no sense for multiple reasons.
Rating: 26 Votes
33 months ago
At least Apple is interested on updating the software, let's see how they do on hardware with the MacPro... :/
Rating: 24 Votes
33 months ago

A quad-core MacBook Pro or iMac is more than enough power for anything FCPX can throw at it.

Mac Pros aren't needed anymore.


No offense intended, but your very bold declaration is incorrect.
Rating: 21 Votes
33 months ago

The only 'mistake' was perhaps in killing FCS3 so fast.


That's really what i meant. If they had released FCPX as 'A Preview of The Next Generation of Video Editing', and kept FCS3 available, then i'm sure the reaction would not have been so bad. But they removed all traces of FCS3, said FCPX was the replacement, pure and simple and that was it. A marketing failure really more than anything else.

Anyways, lets not get into that again :D
Rating: 20 Votes
33 months ago


Mac Pros aren't needed anymore.


High end technology will always be needed. Professionals are paid to be fast. In a time when deadlines are getting shorter, updated Mac Pros are more than needed.
Rating: 20 Votes
33 months ago

A quad-core MacBook Pro or iMac is more than enough power for anything FCPX can throw at it.

Mac Pros aren't needed anymore.


Sigh.

The only totally non-arrogant non-ignorant way to make your point would have been to say "Mac Pros aren't needed BY EVERYONE anymore."

I assure you, Mac Pros are still needed. But thanks for telling everyone else here what I (and many others) need.
Rating: 18 Votes
33 months ago
Good to see these improvements. Too bad they are not here yet, although I applaud the decision to let the pro community know what is coming.

And while RED camera support will (eventually) be great to have I know numerous places that depend on R3D workflow who moved away from Apple after Apple dropped them.

I'm not sure if this will recapture the trust lost from those whose business investment was built around Final Cut and left when functionality that was in FCP7 was not included in FCPX.

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I'm not really sure I agree that they screwed up. Yes it was lacking a lot of features, but it was a completely rewritten program. Many if not folks would have expected that after seeing the previews. Releasing a program with some features absent to narrow down possible bugs is very common.

The only 'mistake' was perhaps in killing FCS3 so fast.


I think the real mistake Apple made was pushing this as a FCP7 replacement at the LAFCPUG during NAB 2011. They really misled people during that presentation by showing a project in FCP7 and then showing, and saying, "here is the SAME project in FCPX!", but never saying , "oh BTW, you can't OPEN your FCP7 projects in FCPX.

The hype backfired.

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Support for RED cameras, wish I had one of those. The 256 SSD for their camera's are 3200 alone:eek:


When people say the "pro" market is a bunch of whiners, this is a good example of the level of financial investment to be at that level. So when something can no longer be trusted to work it is off the job. If your software of choice drops support for you, you move on.
Rating: 17 Votes
33 months ago

But is it really needed. Aside from the ability to swap drives, does one really need a Pro.


Yes. I feel like some of us are constantly having to assert this need around here.

Different people need different things. For many of us, having a Mac Pro isn't merely an exercise in vanity or excess or luxury. There are many people (pros and semi-pros and even non-pros) that NEED a Mac Pro (or expandable desktop design) for their computing work. I completely 100% understand that this isn't the case for everyone ("won't current iMacs with Thunderbolt work?", yada yada...), or even for most people. Not everyone needs a Mac Pro. But I DO. And there are many others like me.

I need (and do not merely prefer) multiple PCI slots. I need many processing threads. I need a non-reflecting screen (and choice in my monitors/components to begin with). I need multiple internal storage drives, plus external storage (and other) expansion capabilities. I need silence and cooling and optical drives and replaceable parts and tons of i/o ports/options. The computer is only part of my studio setup (my work is in music). For me, switching to a non-Mac Pro (say, an iMac) would also mean having to change all my other hardware and gear.

So yes, "one" (this one) does really need a Mac Pro. Depending on specifications and options, I *might* be able to go with a suitable Mac Pro replacement (another tower or headless semi-tower solution), but an iMac will not get it done for me.

I don't mean this post to sound like a rant- but if we're going to continue doing these show of hands inquiries as to who actually needs a mac pro, my hand is (and continues to be) fully raised.
Rating: 17 Votes

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