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Apple's professional video editing software Final Cut Pro X was given a sizable update on Tuesday, adding new features like the ability to expand multichannel audio files in a timeline, as well as support for RED cameras and native REDCODE RAW editing.

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Final Cut Pro X version 10.0.6 is now available on the Mac App Store. The update is free for existing users, while new customers can purchase the software for $299.99.

Version 10.0.6 is a 1.53-gigabyte download that requires OS X 10.6.8 or later. It gives users the ability to precisely edit individual audio channels directly in the timeline.

A new unified import window is also included, allowing users to transfer media from both file-based cameras and folders of files. And a redesigned "Share" interface has been implemented, giving users the ability to export projects and range selections to one or more destinations.

The Final Cut Pro X update also includes RED camera support with native REDCODE Raw editing, as well as optional background transcode to Apple ProRes. Below are the full list of other features and fixes in Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 provided by Apple:
  • MXF plug-in support that allows you to work natively with MXF files from import through delivery using third-party plug-ins
  • Dual viewers, each with a video scope display, let you compare shots to match action and color
  • Option to add chapter markers in the timeline for export to video files, DVD, and Blu-ray disc
  • Range selection now preserves start and end points in the Event Browser and allows you to create multiple range selections on a single clip
  • Paste attributes window lets you choose specific effects to copy between clips
  • Flexible Clip Connections allow you to keep Connected Clips in place when slipping, sliding or moving clips in the Primary Storyline
  • Add a freeze frame to your timeline with a single keystroke
  • Drop shadow effect with intuitive onscreen controls to adjust position, edge falloff, angle, and more
  • New controls for combining audio from multiple angles within a Multicam Clip
  • Compound Clip creation in the timeline now saves the clip in the Event Browser for re-use in other projects
  • XML 1.2 featuring metadata import and export for richer integration with third-party apps
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I can't wait to try rendering 5k video on my MBP. EEeeek!

Now I really do believe Apple must have a new Mac Pro in the works.
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Now I really do believe Apple must have a new Mac Pro in the works.

 

You thought Tim Cook was lying when he said a new Mac Pro would be out in early 2013?

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Awesome update. I look forward to the Mac Pro. Buy both and they will tide me over for 4 years with only continued investment in add-ons.
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I can't wait to try rendering 5k video on my MBP. EEeeek!
Now I really do believe Apple must have a new Mac Pro in the works.

 

This made my day with this news knowing Apple is serious about a Workstation by putting as much into Final Cut Pro X to win back supporters.

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You thought Tim Cook was lying when he said a new Mac Pro would be out in early 2013?

If you put it that way ... no I didn't. I was being semi (obviously less than successfully) humorous as it relates to how exasperated pro video folk have been with the lack of Mac Pro updates although I suspect Intel are more to blame than anyone. 5K RAW on anything else would be problematic I'm sure you'd agree. 1cool.gif
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post #8 of 25
Yep, in may ways it was the biggest news of the day for many ... and quite out of the blue for me at any rate!
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I haven't bought FCP X yet, but this dual viewers thing is interesting.  Will be looking out for screenshots or YouTube Videos that show it.  Sounds like they're really working to get feature parity up to FCP 7, though I'm sure someone will point out that there's still a lot of stuff missing.  Hopefully they can get back to being one of the industry standards as they had been with FCP 7, I really like Final Cut.

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If you put it that way ... no I didn't. I was being semi (obviously less than successfully) humorous as it relates to how exasperated pro video folk have been with the lack of Mac Pro updates although I suspect Intel are more to blame than anyone. 5K RAW on anything else would be problematic I'm sure you'd agree. 1cool.gif

The current MacPro is still a good machine. Not the bottom end 4-core version, that's just a waste of money. But the next model up (the Uni-Processor W3680 6-core Xeon with 1333MHz RAM) has the same performance as the Equivalent and current 6-core Sandy Bridge model (E5-2640). USB3 PCIe cards can be dropped into the Mac Pro, thunderbolt isn't very widespread yet and Drivers for loads of graphics cards are within OSX Mountain Lion. Cards like the nVidia GeForce GTX 670 Desktop work out the box, as does the 560Ti with CUDA support when the drivers from nVidia are installed. There's even kexts for AMD 6000 and 7000 series cards in there as well, apparently.

 

I can see why Apple hasn't updated the MacPro yet; in real world usage there's not much difference to the current Sandy Bridge workstations and the current Pro can still be expanded to meet modern demands.

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I was actually putting off editing on a project shot on RED... now I can start post this weekend! 1biggrin.gif
 

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The current MacPro is still a good machine. Not the bottom end 4-core version, that's just a waste of money. But the next model up (the Uni-Processor W3680 6-core Xeon with 1333MHz RAM) has the same performance as the Equivalent and current 6-core Sandy Bridge model (E5-2640). USB3 PCIe cards can be dropped into the Mac Pro, thunderbolt isn't very widespread yet and Drivers for loads of graphics cards are within OSX Mountain Lion. Cards like the nVidia GeForce GTX 670 Desktop work out the box, as does the 560Ti with CUDA support when the drivers from nVidia are installed. There's even kexts for AMD 6000 and 7000 series cards in there as well, apparently.

I can see why Apple hasn't updated the MacPro yet; in real world usage there's not much difference to the current Sandy Bridge workstations and the current Pro can still be expanded to meet modern demands.

Yes I agree, Apple have no real way to upgrade until Intel release their next generation workstation chips and yes adding Xeon cores is working well enough for current needs. But a major, a really mind boggling upgrade that no one expects would be nice wouldn't it? Especially with 5k video in the game. I always hoped Apple would buy Cray 1wink.gif
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I can't wait to try rendering 5k video on my MBP. EEeeek!
Now I really do believe Apple must have a new Mac Pro in the works.

 

This made my day with this news knowing Apple is serious about a Workstation by putting as much into Final Cut Pro X to win back supporters.

 

This is really big...  I was hoping for an iMac bump and FCP X upgrade -- got both!  The iMac is configurable to 32 GB RAM... 

 

This leaves very little for the FCP X nay-sayers to whine about -- got more function updates in 18 months than FCP had in 3 years.

 

I'll bet that some of the quick-to-change [to Avid or Adobe] editors are regretting their overreaction!

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The current MacPro is still a good machine. Not the bottom end 4-core version, that's just a waste of money. But the next model up (the Uni-Processor W3680 6-core Xeon with 1333MHz RAM) has the same performance as the Equivalent and current 6-core Sandy Bridge model (E5-2640). USB3 PCIe cards can be dropped into the Mac Pro, thunderbolt isn't very widespread yet and Drivers for loads of graphics cards are within OSX Mountain Lion. Cards like the nVidia GeForce GTX 670 Desktop work out the box, as does the 560Ti with CUDA support when the drivers from nVidia are installed. There's even kexts for AMD 6000 and 7000 series cards in there as well, apparently.

 

I can see why Apple hasn't updated the MacPro yet; in real world usage there's not much difference to the current Sandy Bridge workstations and the current Pro can still be expanded to meet modern demands.

Thanks. Now I feel better that my 12-core is still up to par. After the news of my ancient iPad 3 I was feeling a bit blue. 1oyvey.gif

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This is nice.  I can open up the import window without having to load every camera archive in my library.  And this upgrade allows me to again use my own somewhat unusual workflow method when dealing with multiple video clips over a single bed of audio. 

 

I'm not going to engage in the soft bigotry of low expectations by getting all warm and fuzzy that they're updating their software like any good company would, but it is nice to see that this software is getting on it's feet. 

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This leaves very little for the FCP X nay-sayers to whine about -- got more function updates in 18 months than FCP had in 3 years.

Some might say it needed more updates in 18 months than FCP needed in thre years 1wink.gif

 

Glad to see they're keeping up with support for emerging formats like RED.  That's going to keep them in the game.

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Glad to see they're keeping up with support for emerging formats like RED.  That's going to keep them in the game.

I hope they take notice of BlackMagic camera as I can't afford RED

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I hope they take notice of BlackMagic camera as I can't afford RED

 

Send them a request in Radar: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/

 

I'd like to see this company products supported as well.

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I hope they take notice of BlackMagic camera as I can't afford RED

...ummm The Black Magic Camera shoots Pro Res which is an apple created format that has been native to FCP since day one, and if you shooting RAW you need to put it into DaVinci anyways and that's included with the camera for free, so this is kind of a non-issue.

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...ummm The Black Magic Camera shoots Pro Res which is an apple created format that has been native to FCP since day one, and if you shooting RAW you need to put it into DaVinci anyways and that's included with the camera for free, so this is kind of a non-issue.

 

You are correct.

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Yes I agree, Apple have no real way to upgrade until Intel release their next generation workstation chips and yes adding Xeon cores is working well enough for current needs. But a major, a really mind boggling upgrade that no one expects would be nice wouldn't it? Especially with 5k video in the game. I always hoped Apple would buy Cray 1wink.gif

An upgrade would be nice if only for the sheer sake of higher numbers. I'd love the current tower (maybe a little more square) but in the slate colour Apple are now using - I think that would be quite a sight! Maybe a horizontal silver or glossy black stripe across the side. Some tasteful red LEDs ala CM-5 and you're onto a winner in my books.

 

 

 

 

 *note to self: doodle this in Photoshop tonight*

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Yes I agree, Apple have no real way to upgrade until Intel release their next generation workstation chips and yes adding Xeon cores is working well enough for current needs. But a major, a really mind boggling upgrade that no one expects would be nice wouldn't it? Especially with 5k video in the game. I always hoped Apple would buy Cray 1wink.gif

More than anything, you're going to need a quantum leap in storage space.  Blackmagic Cinema Camera footage takes up 5 MB per frame.  And that's just 2.5k footage (more or less retina display resolution).  5k is much larger still.  1 and 2 TB hard drives simply aren't going to cut it much longer.

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I'll just be glad if this fixes the bugs I've been dealing with.

  • Using "Open in Angle Viewer" from the timeline opens whatever is selected in the Event Browser.
  • The clickable area for timeline zoom + - buttons are about one pixel each.
  • A scrolling timeline drag selection usually misses the topmost layer of storyline content.

 

Yes, I have sent bug reports.

 

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I'd love the current tower (maybe a little more square) [...] Some tasteful red LEDs ala CM-5 and you're onto a winner in my books.

A faint CPU load meter would be nice, shining through metal like the MacBook sleep light. I could finally remove MenuMeters. Though I have yet to see a light-up PC tower anywhere near the term 'tasteful.'

My old roommate had a stock tower with a giant green power light on the front, that would blink every second during standby, lighting up the entire room. He had to put electrical tape over it so that he could sleep.

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