Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.0.4
OS X 10.6.8 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating: 4+
The June 2011 release of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X set off a shock wave that reverberated through video circles worldwide. When Apple released the new version of its flagship video software, it also immediately removed the previous version, Final Cut Pro 7, along with the Final Cut Server and Final Cut Express apps, from retail distribution.
Reviews of FCP X were mostly scathing. Videographers who had built careers around Final Cut workflows found that the new version lacked essential pro-level power features and many long-time users jumped ship.
With the FCP X 10.0.3 and 10.0.4 updates, Apple has rectified many issues. For example, its demo of the new version employed an iMac attached via Thunderbolt to a Promise Pegasus RAID array and AJA Video Systems’ Io XT video interface for playback on a professional broadcast monitor, which addressed our concerns.
Apple says there are now more plug-ins available for FCP X than there are for FCP 7, with companies like GenArts and Red Giant supplying tools and effects for high-end moviemakers.
Another big deal is XML 1.1 integration with FCP via Intelligent Assistance, the company owned by video guru Philip Hodgetts. The $10.49 7toX for Final Cut Pro conversion app allows users to convert older FCP 7 project files into FCP X events.
Users were promised from the introduction of FCP X that they would be able to edit a multi-camera project and Apple has delivered. With up to 64 active camera angles available, you can actively edit more cameras than you’d use for most multicam projects. Since FCP X contains the most powerful metadata engine of any nonlinear editing system, users now have unprecedented control over multicam events, with the ability to access and sync tracks not only via time code, but also keywords, in and out points, markers and audio tracks.
The multicam metadata functionality is intelligent enough to dynamically identify multiple takes from the same camera and drop them sequentially onto a multicam track – an amazing feat. Apple augmented FCP X’s audio-syncing capacity by letting the app exploit audio metadata to sync multiple cameras with similar audio even when the audio files’ time codes don’t match.
In addition, FCP X allows you to add cameras that have different codecs, image rasters and frame rates without converting the footage first. That means you can handle a multicam project that includes footage from DSLR, HDV, DV and professional cameras without having to preprocess the content.
Improvements in version 10.0.4 further improved performance of multicam syncing and editing, overall stability and ‘image quality and responsiveness of broadcast monitoring with compatible third-party devices’.
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While many improvements are still needed, especially for people who work in multi-user environments, Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 indicates that Apple is listening to the concerns of the video community that put Final Cut Pro on the map.