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Final Cut Pro X due on Mac App Store next week?

updated 01:40 pm EDT, Tue June 14, 2011

Could be matched by new Thunderbolt peripherals

Final Cut Pro X could arrive at the Mac App Store next week, a Japanese news site claims to have heard. In April, Apple said the software would come to the Mac App Store in June at a price of $299, but the company has been unusually quiet since. Even the official Final Cut webpage continues to highlight the old Final Cut Studio, just weeks or days away from Pro X's launch.

Apple throws most of its promotional weight behind consumer-level products though, so a quiet release may not be entirely unexpected. The Japanese site, Macotakara, additionally suggests that more third-party Thunderbolt peripherals should arrive in the near future. While no other details are provided, it would make sense for peripheral makers to time new products with the launch of Pro X. Video editing is extremely taxing on storage and bandwidth, and individuals or production facilities looking to upgrade their editing software may want to buy new hardware at the same time.

Pro X will make a number of major overhauls to Final Cut, for instance supporting multi-core processing for the first time. It will also support features like 4K resolution, image stabilization and simultaneous editing and import.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MachineMan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Final Cut X

    I hope it is released soon! Everyday I check in hopes that it is released. Along with FCP X I also hope that we see a 64-bit Quicktime and also a Logic Pro X.

    Very exciting times!

  1. demani

    Joined: Dec 1969


    version 1

    Just remember this will be Final Cut X version 1.0. All new, with a all the attendant issues that come with brand new software. So caveat emptor, and you better buy a copy of 7 now while its still available if you want to make some money editing video over the next six months.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What about the other Apps?

    Does this mean the death of Motion, Soundtrack and DVD Studio Pro (which I know was already on life support)? Nothing official, only wait and see.

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Probably. Compressor will surely exist, and probably Motion, so why not Soundtrack Pro? But they won't be coming all at once and as mentioned above, it's 1.0. Specifically, no multicam capability in V 1.0 is what I've heard.

    - Loren

    Today's FCP 7 keytip:
    Temporarily mix down audio tracks with Command-Option - R !

    Your Final Cut Studio KeyGuide™ Power Pack
    with FCP7 KeyGuide --
    now available at KeyGuide Central.

  1. tvalleau

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac Author Predicts FCPX arrival!

    Long time Mac pundit Tracy Valleau, who wrote for Mac Home Journal and authored the long-running "techNotes" news letter, today predicted that Final Cut Pro X will arrive in the app store in the app store in the last week of June. In advance of the actual arrival date, Mr. Valleau commented "Hey, I only missed it by a couple of days!"

    Valleau has successfully predicted the release of announced Apple products in the past.

    Mr. Valleau further predicts that the highly anticipated OS release "Lion" will be available in the second week of July. In a prepared statement, released at the same time, but requesting it be held until Lion is actually released, Valleau said "Hey, I only missed it by a couple of days!"

    This site is pleased to have Mr. Valleau as a reliable source. He has never been wrong by more than a few days.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    way to go, tvalleau!

    You are genius. Apple said they would release FCP in June, and you used your crystal ball in the middle of June to predict it would be released in the last week of June! Wow! Apple never releases software in the last week of the month (oh wait, they do it all the time). You're amazing! And you're only 5-10 days off in your prediction! Wow again!

    And Lion - Apple has said it would be released in about 6 weeks from early June - how could you ever predict it for the second week of July? The amazing Mr. Valleau!

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