Apple releases Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) in the App Store *update 2*

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UPDATE 2: Added a bunch of articles after the update 1 section

Note: We'll have the archive of last night's conversation with Philip Hodgetts (who's a metadata expert and has had FCPX for a week to evaluate it and has tons of insights) online in a few hours… it is rendering now :)

UPDATE 1: added a section below with other articles you might want to read. Also added section on checking software update

Original post:

The wait is finally over as Apple released Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) for purchase in the App Store!

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Updates on Apple.com

Apple® today announced Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac® App Store™ for $299.99.

Apple has posted some cool updates on the Apple site.



Other articles (update 1)

A couple of articles from Philip Hodgetts:
What are the Answers to the Unanswered Questions about Final Cut Pro X?
My impressions of Final Cut Pro X
What other New Features does Final Cut Pro X have?

Others:
First Look: Final Cut Pro X from Macworld

More articles and reaction (update 2)

Larry Jordan Ain’t Nothing Like It In the World if you only read one article, read this one!

64-bit Final Cut Pro X now in Mac App Store, reaction is mixed from Ars Technica


Final Cut Pro X – A first Look 
By Steve Martin (an excellent read!)

Conquering the metadata foundations of Final Cut Pro X by Philip Hodgetts

Those Burning Final Cut Pro X Questions Answered

FCPX import of FCP 7? (from automatic duck)

Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: User manuals

Final Cut Pro X – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Final Cut Pro X: The Missing Features

IMovie Prosumer Plus = Final Cut Pro X. For Now.

FCPX: READY OR NOT, IT'S HERE

Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: Installation best practices (Apple document)

Software update

Make sure to check your software update after installing FCPX!

Software Update for FCPX

Software Update for FCPX

The Press Release

Apple Revolutionizes Video Editing With Final Cut Pro X

Apple® today announced Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac® App Store™ for $299.99.

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 world’s best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped.”

“I’m 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.”

At the heart of Final Cut Pro X is the Magnetic Timeline, a trackless approach to editing your footage that lets you add and arrange clips wherever you want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way. You can use Clip Connections to link primary story clips to other elements like titles and sound effects, so they stay in perfect sync when you move them. You can even combine related story elements into a Compound Clip that can be edited as a single clip. The groundbreaking new Auditions feature lets you swap between a collection of clips to instantly compare alternate takes.

Content Auto-Analysis scans your media on import and tags your content with useful information. Final Cut Pro X then uses that information to dynamically organize your clips into Smart Collections, so you can easily find the clips you want by close up, medium and wide shots as well as media type and the number of people in the shot. You can also tag parts of clips with Range-based keywords to add custom search criteria to your 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 so you never have to wait for the next edit, even if you’re working with 4K video. Final Cut Pro X uses multi-threaded processing and the GPU on your graphics card for blazing fast background rendering and superb real-time playback performance. Additionally, a ColorSync-managed color pipeline ensures color consistency from import to output.

Final Cut Pro X also includes powerful 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.

Pricing & 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 www.apple.com/finalcutpro.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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Comments

  1. Christian

    wow.
    didnt see motion being that cheap.
    anywhere we can download a free trial?

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  3. James Rhodes

    I see now why Apple is only charging $299, I’m willing to bet that its going to be a pick and choose type of suite. Meaning multicam feature will be extra, the old tape log and capture will come back in some form for another $50, etc. etc.

    Its nice, but I would have been pissed to pay more than 300 bones for it. Its really not worth more than a final cut express release. This is FCPXpress and Imovie having a baby together.

    If you think about it, its pretty considerate on their part. The fact that you can pick and choose the features you want. Instead of shelling out the whole $1200 bones for the suite. Its still just getting going. We still have yet to see any Thunderbolt hubs or RAIDS as of yet, so if thats any indicator, I suspect things will trickle out either one by one, or in packages intended for certain production styles. I imagine there will be a key suite like Red Giant has, but possibly a revival of shake technology. And I imagine a dedicated coloring app will come as well, Apple would be fools not to do so.

    Just my .02

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