Apple has finally provided some answers about Final Cut Pro X in a “FAQ” they published late yesterday. I don't think it answers everyone's questions, nor does it give any timelines for updates. They do at least state the obvious, there will be some updates in the “next major release.” Things like XML and multicam support are coming.
[source: tweet from Richard Harrington]
We won't provide the whole FAQ, read that here.
Final Cut Pro X is a breakthrough in nonlinear video editing. The application has impressed many pro editors, and it has also generated a lot of discussion in the pro video community. We know people have questions about the new features in Final Cut Pro X and how it compares with previous versions of Final Cut Pro. Here are the answers to the most common questions we’ve heard.
Can I import projects from Final Cut Pro 7 into Final Cut Pro X?
Final Cut Pro X includes an all-new project architecture structured around a trackless timeline and connected clips. In addition, Final Cut Pro X features new and redesigned audio effects, video effects, and color grading tools. Because of these changes, there is no way to “translate” or bring in old projects without changing or losing data. But if you’re already working with Final Cut Pro 7, you can continue to do so after installing Final Cut Pro X, and Final Cut Pro 7 will work with Mac OS X Lion. You can also import your media files from previous versions into Final Cut Pro X.
Can I import my video directly into Final Cut Pro X as I could in Final Cut Pro 7?
Yes. Final Cut Pro X allows you to import video from a wide range of devices, including many AVCHD-based cameras and DSLR cameras. You can find a list of supported cameras here: help.apple.com/finalcutpro/cameras/en/. The list will grow as we continue to test and qualify new cameras.
A bit more
Interesting FAQ about the XML:
Can Final Cut Pro X export XML?
Not yet, but we know how important XML export is to our developers and our users, and we expect to add this functionality to Final Cut Pro X. We will release a set of APIs in the next few weeks so that third-party developers can access the next-generation XML in Final Cut Pro X.
Notice it says the APIs will be available in a few weeks, but doesn't say when Apple will add XML export.
Many are asking about volume purchase – here's the last bit of the FAQ
Can I purchase a volume license?
Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 Commercial and Education Volume Licensing will be available soon via the Apple Online Store for quantities of 20 or more. After purchasing, customers will receive redemption codes they can use to download the applications from the Mac App Store.
(cover photo credit: snap from the Apple FCPX splash screen)