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Apple is planning a significant update to Final Cut Pro X that will deliver a number of new features, including multichannel audio editing and dual viewers, when it debuts later this year.

The details of the forthcoming, previously unannounced Final Cut Pro X were given directly by Apple to producer, editor and director Larry Jordan. He detailed some of the changes that Apple said are coming later this year on his personal blog.

In addition to multichannel audio editing tools and dual viewers, Apple also said that it would add MXF plug-in support and RED camera support. The new features were listed by Apple, but none of them were demoed.

The details came from an on-the-record meeting between Jordan and officials from Apple that took place on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev., the day before the start of the 2012 National Association of Broadcasters Show.

Jordan said the new dual viewers are analogous to "Source" and "Record" monitors. This will allow editors to easily compare two clips in Final Cut Pro X.

The new MXF support will allow users to access the native MXF wrapper that contains those files without a conversion. Previously, users were able to read MXF files, but not the native wrapper.

And the addition of support for RED cameras means that users will not need to convert footage to QuickTime in order to edit it. Instead, RED content will be editable natively in Final Cut Pro X.




It remains unknown exactly when the update will be provided to Final Cut Pro X owners. Apple declined to give a specific date, but simply said it would arrive at some point in 2012.

"It was an interesting meeting," Jordan said. "Apple clearly wants it known that FCP X should be considered a professional application, that development is on-going, and that they are listening to comments from users."

Sunday's news isn't the first time Jordan has been among the first to be informed about new details on Final Cut Pro. Last February, he was given a private demonstration of Final Cut Pro X before the software was publicly announced.

When it was released last June, Final Cut Pro X immediately faced considerable backlash from outspoken professionals who believe the new product is vastly inferior to its predecessor. Last September, Apple issued an update for Final Cut Pro X that added some of the most requested features, like Xsan and Rich XML support.

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Could this be hinting toward Logic Pro X?

Just please don't combine the two, Apple. You're not Adobe. And even they can't combine applications correctly.

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Encouraging to see them fighting back to keep and bring back the pro crowd.

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Encouraging to see them fighting back to keep and bring back the pro crowd.

isn't it amazing? some here keep talking about apple abandoning pros because they keep adding more iOS features to OSX. however if they can do what they are doing, they are doing great! final cut is just amazing.. (but it came out too soon), OSX is getting a facelift and will become easier for those who want it easier, faster, richer.. give them a little tolerance first. everyone is demanding so much from apple. no other company faces this.

having said that, i just hope they don't go just hd4000 for their pro laptops.. lol that would be so bad.. and i can really imagine them doing it. that's what scares me. i hope i can buy a new powerful mac when i end college, this air is amazing but i will need lots of power when i finish my degree.

one day i'm going to help sir Ive with the ultimate machine, that will leave all competitoon 10 years behind, again. i know he needs mechanical engineers and i will be the best.
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I hope this "pro" lip service translates into support for the Mac Pro. I'd like to get one.

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isn't it amazing? some here keep talking about apple abandoning pros because they keep adding more iOS features to OSX. however if they can do what they are doing, they are doing great! final cut is just amazing.. (but it came out too soon), OSX is getting a facelift and will become easier for those who want it easier, faster, richer.. give them a little tolerance first. everyone is demanding so much from apple. no other company faces this.

having said that, i just hope they don't go just hd4000 for their pro laptops.. lol that would be so bad.. and i can really imagine them doing it. that's what scares me. i hope i can buy a new powerful mac when i end college, this air is amazing but i will need lots of power when i finish my degree.

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isn't it amazing? some here keep talking about apple abandoning pros because they keep adding more iOS features to OSX. however if they can do what they are doing, they are doing great! final cut is just amazing.. (but it came out too soon), OSX is getting a facelift and will become easier for those who want it easier, faster, richer.. give them a little tolerance first. everyone is demanding so much from apple. no other company faces this.

Eventually you have to ship. Apparently many of the so called Pros don't realize that. The new Final Cut is actually pretty impressive if you look at it with an open mind. I suspect that by this time next year many people, pros included, will be flocking back.

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having said that, i just hope they don't go just hd4000 for their pro laptops.. lol that would be so bad.. and i can really imagine them doing it. that's what scares me. i hope i can buy a new powerful mac when i end college, this air is amazing but i will need lots of power when i finish my degree.

They might go that route in the base models with the performance models supporting faster GPUs. The thing here is that they need to support a wide array of users and not all of those Pros are in need of advanced video features. On the flip side if you do need a faster GPU the new stuff from AMD is very impressive.
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one day i'm going to help sir Ive with the ultimate machine, that will leave all competitoon 10 years behind, again. i know he needs mechanical engineers and i will be the best.

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Encouraging to see them fighting back to keep and bring back the pro crowd.

It might be too late for that IMO
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It might be too late for that IMO

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Could this be hinting toward Logic Pro X?

Just please don't combine the two, Apple. You're not Adobe. And even they can't combine applications correctly.

I don't think they would combine them into one massive product but I would like to see them do a better job of integrating them for better shuttling of files. it's still rather clunky

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It might be too late for that IMO

The storm is settling... though I do not know of any post house that is using FCPX.

It's going to be interesting to see what becomes of the Mac Pro. Really hoping Apple has simply taken a hiatus from the Pro market, rather than completely ditching it as it clearly seems. But it's not looking good to be honest, and many of us are going to have to start jumping ship.
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It might be too late for that IMO

Who'd have thought the pro crowd would be so fickle. Did that many really jump ship? I wonder.
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It might be too late for that IMO

It's probably not too late, because most of the pro crowd has invested a ton of cash in Apple software and hardware and would rather not have to rebuild their work stations from scratch. That would mean all new hardware, all new software, and incompatibility with old projects. Apple basically has us by the cajones, and that's why a lot of professionals are upset. And it's not just the addition of iPhone/iPad like cues to the GUI. I'm a professional Logic Pro user and they have left glaring bugs in the software since 2010. I get the feeling that Apple simply has bitten off more than they can chew. I appreciate what they have done for the industry though - buying Logic and... whatever the program was that used to be FCP, and then releasing these powerful software bundles dongle-free and much more affordable caused the competition to have to create more affordable packages. But for those of us who rely on our software and hardware to make a living the bugs are very very annoying. Somebody mentioned that a Mac Pro isn't necessary since a laptop is plenty powerful. That's nonsense - first of all, the single firewire800 port doesn't supply enough power to keep a chain of hard drives connected without occasionally dropping one. It's happened to me more times than I can count. I truly hope Apple has some love for their professional users. I can remember when I was teased by other designers because I was using a Mac when the platform had very little support.
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The storm is settling... though I do not know of any post house that is using FCPX.

It's going to be interesting to see what becomes of the Mac Pro. Really hoping Apple has simply taken a hiatus from the Pro market, rather than completely ditching it as it clearly seems. But it's not looking good to be honest, and many of us are going to have to start jumping ship.

wasn't well documented before why the "hiatus" took place?

no advantage in upgrading. only now westmere substitutes are coming out. only now new ram modules (16) are coming out. only now SSDs are cheaper and thunderbolt is taking off. only now FCPX has been started to be seen as the innovative and amazing program it is.

only now liquid metal tech has been dominated for mass production . etc..

God, i'm 21 and i have 37 girlfriends. however i can still know why there isn't a new mac pro or at least a definitive answer about it... why can't you?

also the mac pro is the most important apple computer out there, even if it "directly" gives them 1 billion of damages (hypothetically).
why? the mac pro single handily makes apple seen as a "cool" powerfully badassely* "pro" company around. the value that this adds to apple's image is measured in tens of billions of profit per year. why?
thanks to that image people/consumers saw the iPhone and the iPad since the beginning as something much more important than a toy. they grew. same with every iproduct.
even their toys (iPods) are seen as something toy-like but serious and badass thanks not only for their quality but also for apple's image.

the mac pro is apple's backbone, even if the rest of their products is protected by individual quality and the ecosystem they create.

if it's true that maybe apple does not need this sort of "backbone" to generate billions, they need it for adding new members/products, to give that pro/badass image to them before they can "survive" for themselves. so, without it, (that image, ------> the mac pro) in the long term, apple would be losing money.

this is my interpretation. obviously i'm 21 and knowing that i only read a book of our library called world is one of my biggest qualities.
if someone disagrees, please tell me why. i would love to learn.

* does badassely exists?
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I think it's interesting they're taking a step backwards to dual viewers. The first step in abandoning the iMovie layout?

Of course, if Jobs were still there, it would be touted as "visionary" or some such nonsense.
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The storm is settling... though I do not know of any post house that is using FCPX.

It's going to be interesting to see what becomes of the Mac Pro. Really hoping Apple has simply taken a hiatus from the Pro market, rather than completely ditching it as it clearly seems. But it's not looking good to be honest, and many of us are going to have to start jumping ship.

Here's an interesting panel discussion:

9th Annual Pre-NAB Discussion Panel March 30, 2012

It is the same group that met last year prior to the FCP X Preview.

Lots of good discussion... but the overriding concern of pro editors is how to [continue to] make money as a pro editor...

A lot of that has to do with lower priced software and hardware "democratizing" the pro editors job...

But the major concern seems to be outsourcing "pro editing" -- especially to India...

Bollywood makes more films than anywhere on earth.
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It does now!
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The storm is settling... though I do not know of any post house that is using FCPX.

What difference does that make? These idiots dissing FCPX need to realize that it is an entirely new suite. As such it will evolve rapidly.
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It's going to be interesting to see what becomes of the Mac Pro. Really hoping Apple has simply taken a hiatus from the Pro market, rather than completely ditching it as it clearly seems. But it's not looking good to be honest, and many of us are going to have to start jumping ship.

The current Pro is dead, I'm reasonably sure of that. As to jumping ship please do, to what I don't know and really don't care. At this point there is only a handful of Sandy Bridge E machines actually shipping. So grab the first piece of crap on the market and avoid informed buying.
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As is just about any business that can leverage computing hardware in its business. Unfortunately powerful hardware and software puts highly skilled individuals out of work. I suspect that threat is directly related to the negativity expressed over FCPX.
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Here's an interesting panel discussion:

9th Annual Pre-NAB Discussion Panel March 30, 2012

It is the same group that met last year prior to the FCP X Preview.

Lots of good discussion... but the overriding concern of pro editors is how to [continue to] make money as a pro editor...

A lot of that has to do with lower priced software and hardware "democratizing" the pro editors job...

But the major concern seems to be outsourcing "pro editing" -- especially to India...

Bollywood makes more films than anywhere on earth.

The way Hollywood is going, the entire industry will soon be based in India.
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What difference does that make? These idiots dissing FCPX need to realize that it is an entirely new suite. As such it will evolve rapidly.


The current Pro is dead, I'm reasonably sure of that. As to jumping ship please do, to what I don't know and really don't care. At this point there is only a handful of Sandy Bridge E machines actually shipping. So grab the first piece of crap on the market and avoid informed buying.


Wow you're a friendly chap...

I guess wanting professional up-to-date solutions from Apple is frowned upon by certain trolls on this forum.
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I like the new FCPX much better than the old. I'm much faster with the x version.
Great to see that they're adding these features.
A pro app needs a pro workstation though. I mean native RED footage with some tweaks isn't exactly lightweight, is it? Perhaps this is an indicator that a new Mac Pro is on its way?

Btw, I think the new Mac pro (should there be one) will be many cores, many thunderbolts, no PCI slots, and smaller size.
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Wow you're a friendly chap...

I guess wanting professional up-to-date solutions from Apple is frowned upon by certain trolls on this forum.

Intel is holding up the next-gen Macs. As far as the MacPro is concerned, what is wrong with the one you currently have. Is it suddenly unable to satisfy your needs in terms of musing FCP?? Currently there is a hexapro model which is still serious horsepower for those in the need. What I've read from other Pro owners is that their rigs are still way up there in terms of performance to handle whatever pro work they need it to do.

So what is it about your particular situation that makes one think a current Pro is no longer up to snuff? Do tell? I suspect you just want the new stuff for the sake of wanting new stuff and not because it fails to deliver a certain function.
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The way Hollywood is going, the entire industry will soon be based in India.

That would be unacceptable. Our movies and television, our industry, our culture, our rules.

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Intel is holding up the next-gen Macs. As far as the MacPro is concerned, what is wrong with the one you currently have. Is it suddenly unable to satisfy your needs in terms of musing FCP?? Currently there is a hexapro model which is still serious horsepower for those in the need. What I've read from other Pro owners is that their rigs are still way up there in terms of performance to handle whatever pro work they need it to do.

So what is it about your particular situation that makes one think a current Pro is no longer up to snuff? Do tell? I suspect you just want the new stuff for the sake of wanting new stuff and not because it fails to deliver a certain function.

Nothing is wrong with the current Mac Pros. The only thing is that it's still sporting older chips, and the newer Core i7 procs have caught up with the single Xeons in terms of performance, unless you need a two chip, 8- or 12-core solution.

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Nothing is wrong with the current Mac Pros. The only thing is that it's still sporting older chips, and the newer Core i7 procs have caught up with the single Xeons in terms of performance, unless you need a two chip, 8- or 12-core solution.

^ This.

Just so you know I personally have an old mac pro running and it's still a beast, so no - I don't need to upgrade and don't just buy things for the sake of it.

Though the production company I work for are about to move offices and we're getting a bunch of new edit suites put together. I'm opting for FCP7 rather than Avid, though noticing that a) the current mac pro's are nearing 2 years old though you still pay an Apple "premium" and b) Apple's "pro" division seem pretty much dead these days. It does make you wonder, and you'd think be up to a fair amount of scrutiny and discussion on an Apple forum. Obviously not. Why you guys feel the need to defend Apple here is beyond me.
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Who'd have thought the pro crowd would be so fickle. Did that many really jump ship? I wonder.

Bah. just BS.

Actual pros use the same program version for ages, and don't update to the latest version just when it comes out --they have actual work to do, they can't be messing with installations and incompatibilities and early bugs. So they had no problem with FCPX.
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I think it's interesting they're taking a step backwards to dual viewers. The first step in abandoning the iMovie layout?

Of course, if Jobs were still there, it would be touted as "visionary" or some such nonsense.

I don't think so, they'll add it in as an option. I'd say the best thing to do would be to simply have a split view button in the main viewer that places clips either side-by-side or on top of each other (better use of space perhaps with widescreen content). Then you'd be able to sync the playheads of the source and timeline. It might be better if they added a timeline between the clips so that you didn't have to move the mouse around to scrub, you'd just specify the lock options:



That's better than before as your scrubber would be in one location. There would just be a button to switch between moving the time on the source or the timeline or both together. The actual time values of each can be shown as timecode overlays or have a modified timeline in the middle showing the times of each.

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"Apple clearly wants it known that FCP X should be considered a professional application, that development is on-going, and that they are listening to comments from users."

I think that was established before but good to hear it being backed up by more developments. It's nice to see the high-end codecs being supported like MXF and RED. The blog also notes some production use on the TV show Leverage:

* The show shoots on RED in Portland, Oregon.
* Ships hard disks down to LA for editing.
* RED files are transcoded to ProRes Proxy for editing.
* The show is edited in FCP X
* X2Pro (from Marquis Broadcast) converts the files to ProTools for audio sweetening.
* XML exports from FCP X are sent to DaVinci Resolve for color grading
* Final conforming of audio and video is done in FCP X
* Final delivery is a ProRes file.

That particular TV show is probably not the best example of a quality production but the workflow itself can be applied to anything. Tapeless from shoot to master, how it should be from now and forever more.
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^ This.

Just so you know I personally have an old mac pro running and it's still a beast, so no - I don't need to upgrade and don't just buy things for the sake of it.

Though the production company I work for are about to move offices and we're getting a bunch of new edit suites put together. I'm opting for FCP7 rather than Avid, though noticing that a) the current mac pro's are nearing 2 years old though you still pay an Apple "premium" and b) Apple's "pro" division seem pretty much dead these days. It does make you wonder, and you'd think be up to a fair amount of scrutiny and discussion on an Apple forum. Obviously not. Why you guys feel the need to defend Apple here is beyond me.

I wasn't defending Apple in any way. I too think it's a shame that the Pro has been neglected, and I do hope Apple has an update in store when the new chips are available.

I was merely addressing your remark about current pro owners jumping ship. The owners I personally know, in addition to those that I've read about are quite happy with their rigs. They own the 8 & 12 core models that will certainly continue to provide years of good production work. They are in the business of doing serious work, not for playing video games.

So yes, the current iMacs can give the low-end Pro models a run for their money but at the moment I think the lack of a current Pro configuration is a concern for new buyers and those with seriously old hardware.

An iMac with Thunderbolt peripherals can really give a Pro owner a run for the money. With the exception of serious cores and perhaps high-end video cards, it seems the Pros are not what they used to be.

I hope they come out with a new one, but there is nothing wrong with the current models in users hands right now. They don't go through models as much as consumers.
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The storm is settling... though I do not know of any post house that is using FCPX.

It's going to be interesting to see what becomes of the Mac Pro. Really hoping Apple has simply taken a hiatus from the Pro market, rather than completely ditching it as it clearly seems. But it's not looking good to be honest, and many of us are going to have to start jumping ship.

I'd wait. I'm thinking Apple is going to give what people have been wanting, a mini tower. It'll be the new Mac Pro and it'll satisfy all in performance and design.
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final cut is just amazing.. (but it came out too soon)

i just hope they don't go just hd4000 for their pro laptops.. lol that would be so bad.. and i can really imagine them doing it. that's what scares me

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Eventually you have to ship. Apparently many of the so called Pros don't realize that. The new Final Cut is actually pretty impressive if you look at it with an open mind. I suspect that by this time next year many people, pros included, will be flocking back.

Apple had three choices: 1) Do another refresh of the old platform - while building FCPX up to where it is today, i.e., duplicate - at high cost - development efforts to please users - who would've complained it wasn't the significant update they expected. 2) Go without a real update for another year or more - which would've also caused B'ing and M'ing. 3) Release the new platform - basically to announce it and to let pros start playing with it in the wild and providing feedback (while they kept most production under the still competent mature old FCP) - and let people know (as with the new iMovie) that the new architecture would be fleshed out over time until it surpassed the former in nearly every meaningful way. They also significantly cut the price....

...and then endured those slings and arrows (no easy way to please in this situation) and are getting on with it.

(But cross your fingers on the specs of the next way slim 15" MacBooks and whether or not it comes in a true pro flavor. This is where I think Apple SHOULD cater to its pro base: Release at least one last gen of TB equipped Mac Pros, and a laptop that's speed competitive with any on the market - as even if neither's a big niche market, both are STRATEGIC if Apple intends to hold its pro cachet.)

I think they'll be fine and FCPX will end up being at least as well-adopted as its predecessor over time.... ....as others have noted, most pros aren't about to abandon elaborately set-up work flows until they're really sure where, uhh, the puck is going...

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I have a copy of Final Cut that I never opened, still in the box. *(Ok, I'm crazy...)

I've followed it's progress and had envisioned using it. But circumstances dictated otherwise.

Looks like a good app. It's gone from being an ageing app to one with a more robust, modern platform for future growth. Apple seem to be listening to it's user base and there's been update after update chasing down those features.

Apple's ads seem to show iMac and Macbook use predominantly. 4 core/8 hyper threading. Hardly a disaster? ...and with a Thunderbolt connection, there's the option to 'workstation' those machine.

It's not like the above machines are going to get any slower over time. There was a time when an iMac G3 or 'book' couldn't handle video or games too well. Those days are gone.

Didn't Avid have a profits warning? *Smiles.

Maybe the days of big honking boxes and honking software are dwindling. Maybe there isn't money to throw around.

Competition or outsourcing from India? Hardly surprising. All sounds a bit cut throat and competitive.

Look at the price of Final Cut on the Mac app store. £300-ish? Put that with a top end iMac and you have a prosumer/pro rig for £2k.

Years ago, Final Cut was close to a grand? Add a dual processor 2006 model for £2k+ and an Apple big monitor at £1k... Uhm. It's alot of money to be 'pro' (however that semantic wants to be defined. A guy at home? A small studio? Somebody doing it for a living? Somebody who's merely good at using the App? A big hollywood studio? People in India working for peanuts?)

Nothing new here. Power becomes (at least in computers...) democratised over time. 8 gigs of ram is dirt cheap. The power of a G5 'Pro' is trumped by a 1/2 inch iPad. The dual core intel Pros of yesteryear are smashed by today's iMacs. Software is cheaper (well, Apple's...not so sure about Adobe's...)

If 'Pros' are that fickle that want to move to profit warning Avid...then good for them. Apple doesn't need them.

All that I think is going on is the Prosumerising of a previous 'Pro' plateau. Intel has no competitive pressure (it seems...) to release an Ivy bridged Xeon any time soon. So we'll be left with an evolutionary Sandy Bridge Xeon chip IF Apple chooses to use it this time around.

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I don't use FCP so I am not entirely sure. But are these new features or just old ones returning?

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The storm is settling... though I do not know of any post house that is using FCPX.

It's going to be interesting to see what becomes of the Mac Pro. Really hoping Apple has simply taken a hiatus from the Pro market, rather than completely ditching it as it clearly seems. But it's not looking good to be honest, and many of us are going to have to start jumping ship.

Apple has posted some post houses that are using FCP X on their website. Very cool, check them out!
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That would be unacceptable. Our movies and television, our industry, our culture, our rules.

I don't think that a lot of U.S. film editing jobs are going to move overseas. The reason is that on any given feature, there are a small number of editors working and with the advent of computer-based editing systems, one editor can do the work of what used to take four. Also, on most major productions, the editor works very closely with the director. It might make sense to shoot a film in India, because of far-lower costs for the entire large crew, but the studios are not going to worry about the cost of a film editor - the catering bill is far higher than the editor's bill.

I think that what you think of being "ours" is not really ours anymore anyway. And while I don't think that Indian companies are going to take over the U.S. movie studios, I wouldn't rule out foreign ownership of any U.S. media, because a large percentage of it is already foreign owned. And even companies which are U.S. registered companies frequently have foreign shareholders with huge stakes.

Look at "U.S." publishing: Bertelsmann, the German-based conglomerate, owns Random-House and Bantam-Doubleday-Dell which comprises about 20% of U.S. trade book publishing and there are lots of other "American" publishing houses now owned by foreign conglomerates. The former Time-Warner book group, which includes Little-Brown, is owned by Hachette (French). Harper-Collins is owned by the News Corporation which was Australian until 2004. Henry Holt & Company, once owned by CBS as part of Holt, Rinehart & Winston, is now owned by the Georg von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group (German). The educational division was sold to Harcourt, but Harcourt was sold to Reed-Elseiver (Anglo-Dutch), who then sold it to Houghton-Mifflin, which is now known as Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, which itself has been sold a number of times, including to Vivendi (French), but it's gone through many restructurings and the royal family of Dubai now owns a big piece of the company.

Now let's look at the music industry: you have Sony-BMG, which comprises the former Columbia (CBS) Records and RCA Records. So that's a joint venture of the Japanese and the Germans. You have EMI, which was British and owned the American Capitol Records, but Citibank took them over and split the company up, selling the label to Vivendi (French)-Universal and the music publishing to Sony-ATV. (Other parts of Universal was sold to GE in 2004, but it's now largely owned by Comcast (which is American). Warner Bros. Records is currently owned by Thomas Lee Partners, which is an American firm. But about 75% of "American" major record labels are not owned by U.S. companies.

Most financing for "American" films is foreign anyway and most producers are independent. This is why you see 14 logos at the head of most current films. The "studios" mainly provide/acquire financing, distribution and marketing.

While the major film studios are still primarily U.S. owned, that could change at any time, because all it takes is a stock offer that's higher than the current price:
Paramount is owned by Viacom (Sumner Redstone)
Warner-Bros is owned by Time-Warner
Columbia is owned by Sony (Japan)
Disney-Touchstone is owned by Disney
Universal is owned by Comcast/GE
20cFox is owned by News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch). (Originally Australian, but re-incorporated as a U.S. company in 2004.)
post #35 of 36
2 simple and very important features are missing.

1. The ability to open more then one project at once

2. Being able to create more then one timeline per project.



I also would like to see color labeling brought back!
post #36 of 36
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I don't use FCP so I am not entirely sure. But are these new features or just old ones returning?

Some new, some old. MXF import was in the last version and other formats like RED through a plugin I think. FCP didn't have much audio editing features as there was Soundtrack Pro but it's much better doing basic audio edits in FCPX and if proper audio editing needs done, send it to someone using ProTools or whatever. Dual Viewers were in FCP too. Some old features will get a makeover though.

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Originally Posted by boojoo007

1. The ability to open more then one project at once

2. Being able to create more then one timeline per project.

I think they just need a better UI than the project library view. Instead of it sliding back and forth, it could be like a sidebar you could leave open. This effectively means every timeline behaves like a sequence tab and all open at once. Adding grouping to this library view could help keep it clean.
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