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Apple on Tuesday released Final Cut Pro X, which it touted a "revolutionary new version" of the video editing software, for $299.99 on the Mac App Store, along with Motion 5 and Compressor 4 for $49.99 each.

Final Cut Pro X (iTunes link) features a "Magnetic Timeline" that lets users edit on a flexible, trackless canvas. It also boasts "Content Auto-Analysis" that categorizes content upon import by shot type, media and people.

New background rendering also allows users to work without interruption. The software, available only on the Mac App Store in Mac OS X, is built on a modern 64-bit architecture.

"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 worlds best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped."

Final Cut Pro X's "Magnetic Timeline" is a trackless approach to editing footage. It allows users to add and arrange clips wherever they want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way.

"Clip Connections" can be used to link primary story clips to other elements like titles and sound effects, so they stay in perfect sync when they are moved. Related story elements can be combined into a "Compound Clip" that can be edited as a single clip.

The new "Auditions" feature also allows users to swap between a collection of clips to instantly compare alternate takes.



"Content Auto-Analysis" will scan media on import and tag content with useful information. Final Cut Pro X then uses that information to dynamically organize clips into "Smart Collections," so the clips can easily be discovered by close up, medium and wide shots as well as media type and the number of people in the shot. Parts of clips can also be tagged with Range-based keywords to add custom search criteria to media.

Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Final Cut Pro X is a 64-bit app that takes full advantage of the latest Mac hardware and software, and even provides performance enhancements with 4K video. Final Cut Pro X uses multi-threaded processing and the GPU for faster background rendering and real-time playback performance. Additionally, a ColorSync-managed color pipeline ensures color consistency from import to output.



Final Cut Pro X also includes tools for audio editing and color correction, and is complemented by two companion apps, Motion 5 for professional motion graphics and Compressor 4 for advanced media encoding, available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 each.

"Im blown away by what Apple has done with Final Cut Pro, said Angus Wall, Academy Award-winning film editor. "Final Cut Pro X is incredibly modern and fast, but most importantly it lets you focus on telling your story in the most creative way, while it actively manages all of the technical details."



Features
Application
64-bit architecture to take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM
Background rendering using GPU and CPU
ColorSync-managed color pipeline
High-precision floating-point render in linear-light color space
Uses Grand Central Dispatch to tap into all available processors
Full-screen, real-time preview playback of SD, HD, 2K, and 4K media on main screen or an attached LED Cinema Display
Customizable keyboard
Full Unicode support
Editing and Timeline
Magnetic Timeline automatically keeps material in sync, prevents clip collisions, and eliminates gaps.
Clip Connections keep secondary material in place while trimming and moving the Primary Storyline. Choose to hide or display Clip Connections in the timeline.
Compound Clips allow complex compositions to be simplified into a single clip.
Auditions combine multiple clips into a single clip to see alternative takes, color grades, or effects in context.
Duplicate a clip inside an Audition for comparison of different effects on the same clip
Edit while importing media in the background.
View material in Filmstrip or List view with a mini-filmstrip and metadata columns.
Skimming functionality enables fast viewing of large amounts of material.
Skimmable projects in Project Library enable viewing before loading.
Mix frame sizes, frame rates, and formats in the same timeline up to 4K in real time.
Edit at 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, or 60 fps.
Create the correct project setting with the first edit.
Insert, Overwrite, Replace, Append, and Connect with keystroke or drag and drop.
Extend edit to Skimmer position.
Split edits with J and L cuts in the timeline.
Top and Tail in a single keystroke for news and documentary editing.
Direct access to iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, and Aperture through Media Browsers.
Timeline Index for timeline navigation and the selection of items based on text searches and other important metadata.
Position tool for moving and deleting media in the timeline and leaving gap.
Clip Markers that include to-do items that can be checked off when tasks are completed
Snapping to Playhead, Skimmer, Clips, and Markers.
Replace with Gap
Lift from Primary Storyline
Create Storyline to consolidate B-roll into a single unit
Insert Placeholder
Insert Gap
Numeric entry of precise clip durations
Blade tool for adding edits
High-quality, real-time vectorscopes, waveforms, and histograms
Record Audio tool for adding narration
Six Clip Appearance presets for timeline display
Multi-Touch gesture support
Trimming
Inline Precision Editor allows skimming of media around the edit before trimming.
Basic timeline trimming
Trim tool for advanced timeline trimming functions
Ripple and roll
Slip and slide
Lift and ripple delete
Dynamic 2-Up trimming with Show Detailed Trimming Feedback enabled
Keyboard and numeric moving and trimming
Effects
Shared Render Engine with Motion and Compressor
Add multiple effects and transitions within a range selection.
Multistream real-time effects in SD and HD formats
Alpha-channel support in real time
Integration with Motion for advanced motion graphics work
Use Open in Motion on any effect, modify in Motion, and save as new in Final Cut Pro.
Numeric and keyframe control for precise animation and effects
Copy and paste motion and effect attributes to multiple clips.
Access music, sound effects, transitions, filters, color looks, and generators through Media Browsers
Over 160 advanced 2D and 3D title templates
Over 90 high-quality transitions
Over 125 sophisticated animation templates with video drop zones created by a top Hollywood effects company
Over 110 filters, keys, blurs, and color looks
28 backgrounds, elements, solids, and textures
Trim, crop, and Ken Burns effect
Distort tool with keyframes and onscreen controls
Transform tool with keyframes and onscreen controls
Stabilization effect in real time after background analysis
Rolling Shutter correction to improve DSLR video
Spatial Conform to make different aspect ratios fit into a project seamlessly
Retime tool for speed changes controlled in the timeline for entire clips or selected ranges
Rewind, Instant Replay, and Speed Ramp in a single click
Three Retime quality settings: normal, frame blending, and optical flow
Preserve audio pitch when changing speed
Find and Replace Title Text
Show Title/Action Safe Zones for positioning titles and effects
Audio
Subframe audio keyframing
Support for audio samples up to 192kHz
Real-time Mac OS X Audio Units and Logic plug-in effects included
Support for 64-bit third-party Audio Units plug-ins
Keyframable audio levels and effects
Adjust audio filters in real time during playback
5.1 surround monitoring and keyframe control for panning
Preset animations for 5.1 surround panning such as Back to Front, Rotate, Create Space, and more
10- or 31-parameter EQ built into each audio clip
Match Audio for smoothing out EQ from different microphones
Audio enhancements for volume normalization, background noise removal, and hum removal for both 50Hz and 60Hz
Audio analysis during import option to remove serious background noise and flag medium-level issues for enhancement
Over 1300 royalty-free sound effects included as a separate download
Individual audio channel control for enable/disable and configuration
Audio skimming with pitch preserved
Fade handles at the head and tail of each clip
Audio pan controls
Disable and solo controls
Audio waveform display in viewer and timeline
Logarithmic audio fades
More than 100 audio filters
Show Reference Audio Waveforms preference to see original waveform height when adjusting volume in the timeline
VU meters that expand as needed
Color Correction
Unique Color Board with controls for saturation, exposure, and color
Match Color for precise shot matching in one click
Balance Color instantly improves skin tones, removes color casts, and expands dynamic range of bright and dark regions of the image.
Keyframable masks with size, rotation, and softness adjustments
Adjust inside or outside of color mask
Unlimited numbers of color corrections per shot
Save and reuse color settings presets
20 Color Board presets
Over 20 advanced color Looks in the Effects Browser
Supported Formats and I/O
Apple ProRes family, a 10-bit, full-width VBR codec that supports all major frame sizes and frame rates from ProRes Proxy to ProRes 4444
Resolutions supported up to 4K frame sizes
Background transcode original media to ProRes 422 or ProRes Proxy for better performance
Create Camera Archives from any folder of media for importing into Final Cut Pro.
Import Camera Archives from third-party video capture cards and software.
Import from Apple devices including iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad 2.
Import projects and Events from iMovie.
Sony IMX, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM HD422 import supported with additional Sony software
FireWire device control for streaming capture for tape-based HDV, DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD
Export presets for Apple devices, including Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Mac
Export presets for YouTube, Podcast Producer, Facebook, Vimeo, CNN iReport, and email
Export and burn DVD, AVCHD disc, and Blu-ray disc.2
Apple-designed menus for DVDs and animated menus for Blu-ray discs
Export as Image Sequence
Export as HTTP live streaming for Internet streaming to cellular, Wi-Fi, and broadband.
Export audio as AAC, AC3, AIFF, CAF, MP3, and WAVE files.
Native editing support for:
H.264 from GoPro and iFrame cameras
H.264 from DSLR cameras
Broadcast Wave Format
DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD
HDV
Panasonic AVC-Intra, including AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 50
Sony IMX, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, and XDCAM EX
JVC-created XDCAM EX
Canon XF MPEG-2; ingest supported with additional software
AVCHD, including Panasonic AVCCAM and Sony NXCAM
Uncompressed 8- and 10-bit SD and HD
Apple Intermediate Codec
Still images including PSD, BMP, GIF, RAW, JPEG, PNG, TGA, and TIFF
Compressed audio including AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, and WAV
Media Management
Content Auto-Analysis attaches useful metadata during import.
Range-based keywords for creating custom searchable metadata
Create Smart Collections for automatically organizing clips based on selected criteria.
Keyword Collection created by importing a folder of media
Mark ranges as Favorites or Rejects for sorting and sifting.
Media management tools for moving and copying media
Render file deletion per project
Move and Merge Events functions
Consolidate Project Media for moving media to another system
Extensive search, sort, and sift capabilities in the Event Browser
Transcode Media function allows a choice between optimizing to ProRes 422 or creating ProRes Proxy media in the background while editing.
Group clips by creation date, date imported, reel, scene, duration, or file type.
Group Events by year or by year and month.
Show date ranges in the Event Library.
Arrange clips by name, take, or duration.
Reveal clip in Finder or Event Browser.
Custom comment fields
Preference for connecting to proxy or original high-resolution media
Send-to-Compressor integration


System Requirements
Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or better
2GB of RAM (4GB of RAM recommended)
OpenCL-capable graphics card or
Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later
256MB of VRAM
Display with 1280-by-768 resolution or higher
Mac OS X v10.6.7 or later
2.4GB of disk space
Pricing and Availability

Final Cut Pro X is available today for $299.99 from the Mac App Store. Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are available today for $49.99 each from the Mac App Store. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Pro X can be found at apple.com/finalcutpro.
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I am disappointed Apple still has no provisions for trial periods in apps even though their FairPlay DRM already has the ability to kill content (e.g., iTunes movie rentals) after a set time. This isn't a big deal on a 99¢ or $4.99 app, but for $299 I would like to test it out first.
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Checked out the overview video on Apples website. Looks like they have made the whole program simpler to use whilst still providing all of the high end editing features.
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I am disappointed Apple still has no provisions for trial periods in apps even though their FairPlay DRM already has the ability to kill content (e.g., iTunes movie rentals) after a set time. This isn't a big deal on a 99¢ or $4.99 app, but for $299 I would like to test it out first.

I'd go to the Apple Store and spend as much time as you need to with it before buying.

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I am disappointed Apple still has no provisions for trial periods in apps even though their FairPlay DRM already has the ability to kill content (e.g., iTunes movie rentals) after a set time. This isn't a big deal on a 99¢ or $4.99 app, but for $299 I would like to test it out first.

Good point. From a different perspective, though: This software is both a whole lot more powerful and a whole lot cheaper than the first version (the one I bought) was. Something to be said for the value there (contrast what Apple's done with this compared with, say, Photoshop over the same time span).
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I'd go to the Apple Store and spend as much time as you need to with it before buying.

We need to band together and do a 2 week trial "sit in" to get Apple to add trial version option to their App Stores.
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I am disappointed Apple still has no provisions for trial periods in apps even though their FairPlay DRM already has the ability to kill content (e.g., iTunes movie rentals) after a set time. This isn't a big deal on a 99¢ or $4.99 app, but for $299 I would like to test it out first.

So how did you test it before when it was $999 for FCS?

I would suggest you go into an Apple Store and take it for a whirl, you might be able to watch some online tutorial videos to get a good feel, and after all that you should phone Apple to see what other options they can provide you.
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I think most people will be very receptive to this update. The shitstorm that is about to erupt on the cinematography blogs will be a sight to behold however. They really don't like change those geezers.
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Originally Posted by Mister Snitch View Post

Good point. From a different perspective, though: This software is both a whole lot more powerful and a whole lot cheaper than the first version (the one I bought) was. Something to be said for the value there.

I have qualms about its value for those that know they need it. My position on this is that Apple and 3rd party devs could benefit financially from allowing App Store trial versions.

For instance, I bet a lot of people just don't know how great TomTom for iPhone really is because they aren't willing to fork over the $50+ to try it. Yet if they were given a grab period I bet a good portion of those buyers would keep the app. Since your purchases are recorded on their servers Apple would know if you attempt to "try" it again for free with that user account. I think it's a win-win for Apple, devs and consumers.
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I'm not an expert on available software, but this seems to be one of the most powerful and feature rich programs available for this price point?? Software in general just seems to have jumped a magnitude in capability in the last 3 years. Mostly IMO, due to Apple. Or perhaps I'm drinking too much Apple cool-aid?
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Any upgrade pricing?
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Originally Posted by Market_Player View Post

So how did you test it before when it was $999 for FCS?

I would suggest you go into an Apple Store and take it for a whirl, you might be able to watch some online tutorial videos to get a good feel, and after all that you should phone Apple to see what other options they can provide you.

I am not against trial versions, but FCP is a pro app that will take more than a few whirls to be able to truly assess. If you are a serious video editor but not pro and you want to step up from iMovie, you'd be well advise to take a course which would pro ably cost you at least twice the price of the software.

Hopefully FCP express will become an option.
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Any upgrade pricing?

Upgrade pricing is now pretty much standard pricing for everyone.
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Odd thing about the price: quick check of the Apple Store USA versus Japan, hardware is actually a tad cheaper here, yet FCP is a bit more expensive in Japan than the US. Wonder why.

FCS at current rates should (or could) be 24,000 yen, yet it's 35,000. I guess this is due to the rather slow updates to apps versus hardware. It would be harder to adjust the price for a fluctuation in the exchange rate. So in Japan it costs $437.

Would have hoped that it had been closer to 24,000 yen but it looks like a great app. I will hold off a little until I get a few hardware upgrades/replacements in place. Things aren't easy here in Japan at the moment and prices on many things are going up, not to mention a likely doubling in sales tax coming soon to cover reconstruction costs. If this had been released pre-tsunami, I wouldn't have blinked. Life is a bit different now.

Personally, I need DVD Studio Pro for work (and not FCP as we work with animation)), but as it wasn't released I wonder if it has been EOLed...

 

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Is FCP required to use Motion? I've often just pulled clips ino AE for simple editing while compositing and for $50 it would be awesome if I could replace my aging copy of AE with Motion.
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Originally Posted by BenRoethig View Post

Upgrade pricing is now pretty much standard pricing for everyone.

Thanks. As I've been reading on other sites, this is not an upgrade anyway. It's a totally separate program. Supposedly, project files from earlier versions cannot be opened with FCP X. It's early, but initial indications are that there is no RS422 support or 'log and capture'. According to the MacWorld site, this version is "not for Pros".
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I am disappointed Apple still has no provisions for trial periods in apps even though their FairPlay DRM already has the ability to kill content (e.g., iTunes movie rentals) after a set time. This isn't a big deal on a 99¢ or $4.99 app, but for $299 I would like to test it out first.

I suspect that Apple will introduce a "trial period" later.

This is a rather large app (1.43 GB) and a slew of announcement-day downloads could belly-up Apple's servers.

I am downloading now -- it took several attempts to start the dload.

You could say Apple is catering to the buyie-loos at the expense of the lookie-loos.
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...but it will import your iMovie events/projects.
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This is a rather large app (1.43 GB) and a slew of announcement-day downloads could belly-up Apple's servers.

I am downloading now -- it took several attempts to start the dload.

Just wait until millions of SL users are forking over $30 to download the 4GB Lion upgrade.
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Is FCP required to use Motion? I've often just pulled clips ino AE for simple editing while compositing and for $50 it would be awesome if I could replace my aging copy of AE with Motion.

Apparently not!

If you go to the app store and click the Motion icon it will link to an info page that lists the requirements -- FCPX is not among them.
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Thanks. As I've been reading on other sites, this is not an upgrade anyway. It's a totally separate program. Supposedly, project files from earlier versions cannot be opened with FCP X. It's early, but initial indications are that there is no RS422 support or 'log and capture'. According to the MacWorld site, this version is "not for Pros".



I suspect the lack of 'Log and capture' has more to do with the way tape based media is heading. I haven't edited from tape in about 2 years.

I am, however, upset that I can't open previous FCP projects when iMovie is supported.
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"Compound Clips allow complex compositions to be simplified into a single clip."
Is this Shake?
Or Shake will appear in one of those two empty boxes at FCX in App Store, later?
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Originally Posted by boeyc15 View Post

I'm not an expert on available software, but this seems to be one of the most powerful and feature rich programs available for this price point?? Software in general just seems to have jumped a magnitude in capability in the last 3 years. Mostly IMO, due to Apple. Or perhaps I'm drinking too much Apple cool-aid?

When Apple introduced the Mac in 1984, MacWrite was priced at $125 vs over $500 for DOS word processors at the time. A price variance that Jobs pointed out during the launch, as well as, iterating that that was the way of the future.

As evidenced in 1985, Microsoft launched Word and Multiplan for Mac, at $125 each, well under their DOS programs, as well as Wordperfect and Lotus 1-2-3.
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Any upgrade pricing?

Sure. $299.99.

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I am disappointed Apple still has no provisions for trial periods in apps even though their FairPlay DRM already has the ability to kill content (e.g., iTunes movie rentals) after a set time. This isn't a big deal on a 99¢ or $4.99 app, but for $299 I would like to test it out first.

This is professional video program which is the industry standard. It had been $1000. If you hadn't tested it out before at that price, it probably isn't for you or your not a pro. Most everyone else should be happy with the price as is.
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I am disappointed Apple still has no provisions for trial periods in apps even though their FairPlay DRM already has the ability to kill content (e.g., iTunes movie rentals) after a set time. This isn't a big deal on a 99¢ or $4.99 app, but for $299 I would like to test it out first.

I just checked and they have not put it up yet (much to my surprise, you'd think they'd have had it up bright and early this morning), but the new FC X from rippletraining.com should be an excellent way to get a remote look and feel. From the few snippets that leaked out they did a very good job.


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This is professional video program which is the industry standard. It had been $1000. If you hadn't tested it out before at that price, it probably isn't for you or your not a pro. Most everyone else should be happy with the price as is.

All professionals will get this without a second thought (I'd think). The last few upgrades cost way more than this let alone the initial buy in price. I can see sales of Mac Pros and high end MBP i7s just to get this, it is almost a give away to sell hardware ... in fact it is! Having said that, soli's comment is applicable to the pro-sumer market as now they will see FC as a possibility just for fun. They are of a different mind set of course, thinking this is still a costly item just to play with ... which I guess it is. Dentists will be first to buy as usual
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Sure. $299.99.

Well explained. Funny how people always want more isn't it? If it had been free some would have felt a rebate was in order to upgrade.
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Looks like Apple is doing away with educational pricing as well.
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Looks like Apple is doing away with educational pricing as well.

Because the FULL PRICE is currently LESS THAN education pricing USED TO BE.

People are disgusting.

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Because the FULL PRICE is currently LESS THAN education pricing USED TO BE.

People are disgusting.

Certainly not the most admirable species evolution came up with, that's for sure!
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Sure. $299.99.



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"Compound Clips allow complex compositions to be simplified into a single clip."
Is this Shake?
Or Shake will appear in one of those two empty boxes at FCX in App Store, later?

Shake is dead a while ago I believe that the source code was even available there for a bit. Motion is it now, or else you have AE as a comparison app from adobe. Still both are no flame/ flint or mudbox
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Well explained. Funny how people always want more isn't it? If it had been free some would have felt a rebate was in order to upgrade.

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Because the FULL PRICE is currently LESS THAN education pricing USED TO BE.

People are disgusting.

Yes, people are. Thanks for the demonstration.
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Or worse, they buy Tom Tom and find out for fifty bucks it doesn't work nearly as well as cheaper competitors like Navagon. The Dark Vader and Homer Simpson voices are cool though.

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For instance, I bet a lot of people just don't know how great TomTom for iPhone really is because they aren't willing to fork over the $50+ to try it.
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I'm not an expert on available software, but this seems to be one of the most powerful and feature rich programs available for this price point?? Software in general just seems to have jumped a magnitude in capability in the last 3 years. Mostly IMO, due to Apple. Or perhaps I'm drinking too much Apple cool-aid?

Forgive the marketing-speak, but Final Cut Pro does seem to be a quantum leap in capabilities/interface. But part of that is due to the previous Final Cut being so out of date Like jumping from 2005 to 2015.

In terms of the rest of software, I think it's awesome what Apple is doing with the iOS and Mac App Stores. I'm oversimplifying - but before, you either had to get software from the big companies (Microsoft, Adobe) or risk getting a virus from some random website you found online. The App Stores provide quality, security, and ease of download/licensing to hundreds of millions. It also levels the playing field. If I can write a great app, I can sell it and distribute it at no cost to myself (OK, a one-time $99 fee).

You get apps like the $30 Pixelmator that does 90% of what Photoshop does (for most people) for 10% of the cost. Final Cut Pro (+Motion and +Compressor) goes for $400 instead of $1,000. OS upgrades for $30.

So what you get is a platform that is profitable, competitive, level (sort of), and secure. I think that's what's behind the recent renaissance in apps that we've been witnessing.
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Ok, so we know what the minimum system requirement is for running FCP-X, but what about a recommended setting? The only "recommended" spec they mention is 4GB of RAM. Besides that, there's nothing. I take this to mean that the sky is the limit when it comes hardware configurations and the software will just use whatever is available. What I'm trying to decide is whether to get a top-of-the-line iMac (will 4 cores and 16GB of RAM give good performance?) or do I wait until after Lion and new Mac Pros are released. Decisions, decisions.
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Playing around....

Looks intuitive -- FCP with an iMovie-style UI -- haven't used help or docs, yet!

Real plus: FCPX can now view and selectively import AVCHD Archives (Copy of the AVCHD card) ala iMovie -- instead of expanding/importing first. This one thing allows you to store an 8 GB AVCHD card on HDD as 8 GB -- as opposed to expanding it to about 57 GB (saves time and HDD storage)

One no-like: When you import Events (clips) as above, you can't use a "/" in the title -- just like in iMovie... Hey guys, Apple resolved the "/" conflict in filenames in OS X 10.1.
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I think most people will be very receptive to this update. The shitstorm that is about to erupt on the cinematography blogs will be a sight to behold however. They really don't like change those geezers.

Maybe, but this was very well received when it was demoed at NAB and while they were probably TV editors rather than movie editors, looked to me like they were very happy, especially with the magnetic timeline functionality, which makes incredible sense.
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I am disappointed Apple still has no provisions for trial periods in apps even though their FairPlay DRM already has the ability to kill content (e.g., iTunes movie rentals) after a set time. This isn't a big deal on a 99¢ or $4.99 app, but for $299 I would like to test it out first.

If you don't know that you need or want FCP, a trial period won't help. This isn't meant for an amateur to toodle around with, even at its really low price.

What I'm wondering about is what's happening with their $299 FCE? There is no place for it in the pricing schedule now, and I haven't read if they're continuing it at a lower price, or just letting it go.
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Playing around....

Looks intuitive -- FCP with an iMovie-style UI -- haven't used help or docs, yet!

Real plus: FCPX can now view and selectively import AVCHD Archives (Copy of the AVCHD card) ala iMovie -- instead of expanding/importing first. This one thing allows you to store an 8 GB AVCHD card on HDD as 8 GB -- as opposed to expanding it to about 57 GB (saves time and HDD storage)

One no-like: When you import Events (clips) as above, you can't use a "/" in the title -- just like in iMovie... Hey guys, Apple resolved the "/" conflict in filenames in OS X 10.1.

Sounding good. Just watched the online demo vid and it looks awesome.
Would love to hear any comments about audio adjustments (I've used Soundtrack Pro for editing voice recordings).

 

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