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Apple launches Final Cut Pro X at Mac App Store

updated 09:25 am EDT, Tue June 21, 2011

Gets 64-bit framework, background rendering

Apple has finally launched Final Cut Pro X, an updated version of its professional video editing suite. The release brings Final Cut into the modern era, most significantly giving support for multi-core processing and GPU acceleration. The changes allow the software to handle background rendering, as well as 4K resolution.

The central component of Pro X is said to be the Magnetic Timeline, which lets editors add and rearrange footage in a way that pushes other clips out of the way automatically. Clip Connections can be used to keep story clips in sync with elements like titles and audio, and elements can be assembled together into Compound Clips that are edited as a single entity. An Auditions option can be used to compare different versions of a shot or scene.

Some other enhancements include Content Auto-Analysis, which quickly tags media on import and allows clips to be pushed into Smart Collections, sorted by criteria such as close-up or wide shots. The software now also uses ColorSync-based color correction, which should keep consistency between working material and output. In that regard both color and audio editing tools have been merged into the core software, no longer requiring jumping between separate apps.

Final Cut Pro X costs $300, and is available only through the Mac App Store. New versions of Motion and Compressor -- formerly bundled with Final Cut Studio -- are separate downloads, priced at $50 each. Motion 5 has been upgraded with the engine enhancements of Pro X, as well as a new single-window interface, added regular and "smart" templates, a new chromakey tool and "rigs" that adjust or apply several parameters simultaneously. Compressor 4 has gained features like distributed encoding, HTTP live streaming export and batch templates.

by MacNN Staff



  1. beb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Take that Adobe After Effects!

    Comment buried. Show
  1. Durandalus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ugly car though

    Come on Apple, use a proper car ;-)

  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    C'mon now Durandalus

    Since you can't name it (Audi R8 by the way), I'm not sure you're qualified to judge its appearance. For your information the R8 is one of the best received, by both consumers and industry writers alike, supercars in modern history.

    Factor in AWD and 3.7sec 0-60 with a screaming Lamborghini-derived's certainly worthy of the science and technology visual its placed in here along side FCP X.

  1. psandiford

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Can't Wait...

    ...for the Pro Pro version.

    I have 5 FCP editors getting excited about Premiere. I am trying to keep an open mind but this really looks like Apple swallowed a poison pill with someone on the FCP X team. Randy is good, who have they added recently that brought all the features my FCP editors did not request?

    We needed 64 bit and Cocoa but magnetic timeline? Mac App Store download only? My systems are not on the internet. Please give me the ability to turn off the auto and let me get a disk.

    Having my NLE make decisions for me is not a plus.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: I'm willing to bet that ...

    with the long wait, this version is definitely Cocoa based. Whether it's 64-bit remains to be seen, but I'm sure that was simply a checkbox in the compiler.

    It is 64-bit, which means cocoa (took apple long enough).

    I think the download option is pretty nice .... come on .... I think pretty much everyone is connected to the internet (at least for the purposes of software updates). Given the savings on pricing, I think it's a worthwhile "compromise".

    Except, as the poster specifically said, his machines are NOT connected to the internet. And, again, whose itunes account does the system tie to? The user? The owner? Why should one need to download the app 5 times for 5 workstations? And what about re-installs. It's all just a time waste.

    And for the record, I used Premiere recently .... it sucked big time. I hate all the recent Adobe stuff .... really bloated c***.

    Hey, at least Adobe doesn't REMOVE features and capabilities in their new versions!

  1. facebook_Viviana

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    Final Cut Pro X

    It is easy to buy the program through Apple AppStore and then back up the application on an external drive and copy it on another computer that you own. I have done it with aperture and plan to continue with this practice in the future. The key is to upload these programs on computers you own and not on a third party machine.

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