Apple Releases Final Cut Pro X 10.1 – and the upgrade is free!

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Apple has finally released their promised 10.1 upgrade to Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) and surprisingly, the upgrade (assuming you already own it that is) is free!

If you haven't purchased FCPX, now's the time to give it a try (that's me plugging my preferred editor) – it is only $299.99 in the Apple Store.

Be aware tho there are changes and you may want to let a little time go to see how well Apple handled this upgrade (many have been burned before by upgrading in the middle of a project!).

FCPX Sample Screen

FCPX Sample Screen

Make sure you also read Phillip Hodgett's article.

New Final Cut Pro X 10.1 libraries

Now, there is one major change you've got to be aware of (and I haven't downloaded it yet as I need to do more reading) – they've totally changed the way the libraries are handled. And, tho it isn't project sharing for big teams yet, it also retains the flavor of the old system so you can still use the same processes for handing the files or use a newer process.

And, you can disable and enable projects without them all loading at once!

The libraries are an “all-in-one” structure where as before, the events and projects were in different folders. Projects are no longer separated from the events. And these libraries appear as one file in the finder (of course you can do ‘show package contents' to dive into the files if you want). This is very much like the Aperture library model if you're familiar with that. You can create a library with multiple events or you can create a library for each event if you want. You can even have the source video/audio etc in a different location if you prefer (called referenced masters in Aperture).

Phillip Hodgetts (we've had him on planet5D podcast before) has an article available for you to understand more about the library handling.


Before running Final Cut Pro X 10.1 the first time, read this-

One of the most exciting new features of Final Cut Pro X 10.1 is the introduction of Libraries. Libraries now contain both Events and Projects in one package, very similar to classic Final Cut Pro “projects”. This is a huge improvement, but of course it leaves no role for Event Manager X with Libraries, which are well managed within Final Cut Pro X 10.1. Except Event Manager X is the best tool to use during the migration to Final Cut Pro X Libraries, therefore from today it’s free.

Libraries contain Events and within those Events are Projects (and Compound Clips). One major difference is that media can be stored in the Event folder(s) within the Library, or independently of the Library. (See my article on the new features of Final Cut Pro X 10.1 for details.)

New Features

Here is the list of new features:

  • Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
  • Video monitoring up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers
  • 4K content including titles, transitions, and generators
  • Libraries allow you to gather multiple events and projects within a single bundle
  • Easily open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need
  • Option to import media to locations inside or outside a library
  • Automatically back up libraries to a user-specified drive or network location
  • Project Snapshots let you quickly capture the project state for fast versioning
  • Audio fade handles on individual audio channels in the timeline
  • Add precise retime speeds by entering them numerically in the timeline
  • Non-rippling retime option
  • One-step Replace and Retime
  • Custom project frame sizes
  • Through edits displayed on all clip types
  • Join Through Edit command removes bladed cuts to clips in the timeline
  • Detach audio from Multicam Clips in the timeline to manipulate audio and video 
  • Make video or audio-only edits into the timeline with Multicam Clips as sources
  • Blade and move audio in J- and L-cuts
  • Roll audio with J- and L-cut splits open
  • Option to hide the Browser to gain more screen space for viewing
  • Native support for .MTS and .MT2S files from AVCHD cameras
  • Used media indicators on source clips
  • Improved performance with large projects
  • Improved performance when modifying or adding keywords to many clips at once
  • Easily move, copy, and paste multiple keyframes
  • Option for linear animation with Ken Burns effect
  • Improved image stabilization with InertiaCam and Tripod mode
  • Import photos from iOS devices
  • Proxy and playback quality controls accessible in Viewer menu
  • Support for portrait/landscape metadata in still images
  • Effects parameters, fonts and text size included in XML metadata
  • Improved support for growing media and edit whilst ingesting
  • FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
  • API for custom Share operations using third-party software
  • Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
  • Share directly to Chinese video sites, Youku and Tudou
  • Spanish language localization

What do you think?

Of course, we'll be covering this upgrade in more detail – and you can contribute to the conversation about the changes in this thread on the planet5D forums!

(cover photo credit: snap from Apple)

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