Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with some stuff that should have been there in the first place UPDATE 4

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We'd heard rumors about it yesterday and 9to5mac just published the story (tho it hasn't yet been picked up by other sites like macrumors yet surprisingly… was there an embargo that is being ignored? -update 8:54 am CT – macrumors does have a story now)

Included as a free update are these features and more… read on for details.

  • multicam editing that automatically syncs up to 64 angles of video and photos;
  • advanced chroma keying for handling complex adjustments right in the app;
  • enhanced XML for a richer interchange with third party apps and plug-ins that support the fast growing Final Cut Pro X ecosystem
  • new 7toX app from Intelligent Assistance uses XML to import Final Cut Pro 7 projects into Final Cut Pro X (note this is not included but it is a supported 3rd part app (see larry jordan post))
  • includes a beta of broadcast monitoring that supports Thunderbolt devices as well as PCIe cards

UPDATE 1 8:50am: here's an interesting post about the updates from Larry Jordan – including more details on the FCP7 transfer that was written by Philip Hodgets (remember the interview we did with him?) and Greg Clark. A must read!

UPDATE 2: 8:56 – Philip Hodgetts updated us with this tweet: “7toX absolutely needs the updated XML 1.1 from 10.0.3 so fair enough! And $10 is like free almost :)” — you can find the app here

UPDATE 3 9:00 – macrumors notes: Update: Apple has also released Motion 5.0.2 [Mac App Store, $49.99], bringing several enhancements to the effect editor that serves as a companion to Final Cut Pro.

UPDATE 4 9:05 – Apple has updated their FCPX page with details.

As of this writing, 10.0.3 is not available in my app store account. Will update you when it is. It is now available in the App Store – and so is the 7toX app!

More from 9to5mac

Here's a snippet from 9to5mac – read the whole story for all the details

Apple this morning updated its Final Cut Pro X video editing software with the much-needed new capabilities. A significant update, Final Cut Pro X version 10.0.3 appeases to pro editors with two new features: Multicam editing which automatically syncs up to 64 angles of video and photos and broadcast monitoring. The software also advances XML 1.1 support for better plug-in compatibility, it supports media relinking and boasts enhanced chroma keying with edge quality, light wrap and color sampling. Also important, users can import layered Photoshop files.

Multicam editing is done in a typical Apple fashion: In addition to taking advantage of the timecode to sync camera angles, Final Cut Pro X can also sync scenes using audio waveforms. As for broadcast monitoring that lets you connect to waveform displays, vectorscopes, and calibrated, high-quality monitors to ensure that your project meets broadcast specifications. This requires a Mac Pro with a PCIe card or a Thunderbolt device. In the case of the latter, customers will be able to monitor their project live, while on a shoot.

Interesting, broadcast monitoring is being released as a beta feature, which is unusual for Apple. Then again, the iPhone 4S digital secretary named Siri is also in beta so perhaps this marks a change at Apple towards getting major new features out of the gate as soon as possible and smoothing out the rough edges over time.

The update is free for anyone that owns Final Cut Pro X, a $299 download from the Mac App Store. Go past the fold for the press release. By the way, if you’re stuck with Final Cut Pro 7 project, there’s now a new app called 7toX by Assited Editing. A $99 value, it takes the pain out by letting you easily convert your old files to Final Cut Pro X projects.



PR from Apple

CUPERTINO, California—January 31, 2012—Apple® today released Final Cut Pro® X v10.0.3, a significant update to its revolutionary professional video editing application, which introduces multicam editing that automatically syncs up to 64 angles of video and photos; advanced chroma keying for handling complex adjustments right in the app; and enhanced XML for a richer interchange with third party apps and plug-ins that support the fast growing Final Cut Pro X ecosystem. Available today as a free update from the Mac® App Store™, Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 also includes a beta of broadcast monitoring that supports Thunderbolt devices as well as PCIe cards.

Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 includes a collection of groundbreaking new tools for editing multicam projects. Final Cut Pro X automatically syncs clips from your shoot using audio waveforms, time and date, or timecode to create a Multicam Clip with up to 64 angles of video, which can include mixed formats, frame sizes and frame rates. The powerful Angle Editor allows you to dive into your Multicam Clip to make precise adjustments, and the Angle Viewer lets you play back multiple angles at the same time and seamlessly cut between them.

Final Cut Pro X builds upon its robust, one-step chroma key with the addition of advanced controls including color sampling, edge adjustment and light wrap. You can tackle complex keying challenges right in Final Cut Pro X, without having to export to a motion graphics application, and view your results instantly with realtime playback.

In the seven months since launch, the third party ecosystem around Final Cut Pro X has expanded dramatically. XML-compatible software like DaVinci Resolve and CatDV provide tight integration for tasks such as color correction and media management. The new 7toX app from Intelligent Assistance uses XML to import Final Cut Pro 7 projects into Final Cut Pro X. In addition, some of the industry’s largest visual effects developers, including GenArts and Red Giant, have developed motion graphics plug-ins that take advantage of the speed and real-time preview capabilities of Final Cut Pro X.

Broadcast monitoring in Final Cut Pro X is currently in beta and allows you to connect to waveform displays, vectorscopes, and calibrated, high-quality monitors to ensure that your project meets broadcast specifications. Final Cut Pro X supports monitoring of video and audio through Thunderbolt I/O devices, as well as through third party PCIe cards.

Pricing & Availability
Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 is available from the Mac App Store for $299.99 (US) to new users, or as a free update for existing Final Cut Pro X customers. A 30-day free trial of Final Cut Pro X is available at www.apple.com/finalcutpro/trial. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Pro X can be found at www.apple.com/finalcutpro.

[source: thanks to @benpieper for the tweet]

(cover photo credit: snap from earlier posts about FCPX)

Comments

  1. ha. what a joke. it’s still a toy, but if apple wanted to be taken seriously on this, they should have rolled it out as one.

    either way, they drove me and thousands of others to adobe premiere, and i’d like to thank them deeply for that.

    idiots.

  2. Doesn’t matter. Over it. Hardcore Apple fan but CS5 has taken your place. You can’t play both sides of the fence. You’re either going to be for professions or your not. This is the way a lot of us pay our bills and support our families. We don’t treat it like a toy or a hobby. Adobe will be on CS6 before Apple realizes how much they alienated their customers.

  3. Sorry Apple was nice till the Fcp7 but now our company switched all 11 nle systems to cs5 premier. Oh wait I heard you guys will be sacking the mac pro line soon humm…that’s fine we’ll switch to PC.

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