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Final Cut Pro X woes include App Store issues, support gaps

updated 11:50 am EDT, Tue June 21, 2011

Older Mac Pros need $149 video upgrade

The Mac App Store is actively blocking some Mac Pro users from downloading Final Cut Pro X, according to complaints. One person notes that his two-year-old Mac Pro is being blocked based on system requirements, even though it has a 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon processor and 6GB of RAM. The weak link may be video, in this case an ATI Radeon HD 2600 card.

Having spoken to Apple, the person says he was told an early 2009 Mac Pro can only run Final Cut Pro X if he gets the NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 Graphics Upgrade Kit. The kit costs $149 however, and may be preceding an imminent Mac Pro update. Rumors have new systems shipping in late July or early August.

Pro X may also be deficient in terms of support, another professional claims. "The new final cut pro x [sic] is being received very badly by pro editors," the person alleges in an email. "There is not support for many of the key features required in pro editing. Namely: No support for previous FCP project files. No support for output for tape (used in TV companies) no support for EDL and no support for XML. This is unequivocally not a a Professional program. Unless Apple release some updates addressing these key issues which mark the divide between consumer and pro, the pro community will very quickly leave apple behind," the message concludes.

by MacNN Staff



  1. inspectorgadget

    Joined: Dec 1969


    un oh

    1) don't know if it was the app store (although I've used it successfully in the recent past) or the Final Cut distribution scheme, but my order resulted in a lonnngggg download of the Final Cut product (yes, the broadband connection I use should have made it less than 1min). Following that, I ordered the separate compressor product which resulted in melt-downs of my paypal account and it's link to the my bank. A call to both resulted in the typical finger-pointing at each other. Now, I use these links at least once a day, and both with app store products. I have no idea what happened with this release via the app store, but I hope Apple clears it up. Now I have to spend dozens of minutes on hold with paypal and my bank to straighten out their messages of doom and gloom.

    2) This Final Cut product at first blush (30 minutes of monkeying around with it) seems several cuts beneath its predecessor (sadly!!, I was really hoping for a leap forward) - something akin to a prosumer version. It's definitely more that Final Cut Express, but I can't see any movie houses cross-grading to this from Final Cut Studio - it really feels rinky-dink. Can't use multiple screens anymore (a major impediment in my case). Preferences are severely restricted - no more selecting locations to have rendering take place, i.e., scratch disks.

    Then there's the software update that occurs immediately following FCP's installation - codecs and other supporting files.

    I don't know . . .

  1. demani

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no Red support?

    No multimonitor support, no red support, no plug-ins- lots of stuff wasn't ready, and it shouldn't have shipped until it was ready. Already people who were anxious to use it are now backing off and wondering if they can get an extra seat of FCP 7 just in case.


    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wow...What a freakin' MESS!

    I own (5) Editing work stations all tied up to the various HDCAM/ HDCAM SR etc formats - work on documentaries, commercials etc -
    So far this update is a train wreck!

    If you can't migrate your old work (or revise it) than everything starts from scratch?!
    And laying programs off...what? HOW?! It doesn't do it anywhere like it used to ?!?! Wow... much for this.

    Nope, I can't upgrade the rest of my systems - glad the download didn't blow away the previous version or I'd be screwed. If they ain't working on a QUICK FIX for the pro market than we've got some serious, SERIOUS changes coming....

  1. jc957

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Jury is still out...but leaning towards good

    So far I am still deep in the learning curve phase. I have noticed that the auto-rendering isn't quite as fast as I had hoped but no real complaints since I am running on a macbook pro. What I have noticed that when I tried to edit some motion files that were in my drop menu, I had a message that said I had to have the latest motion version to do so. I have the prior version of motion and I am planning on getting the newest so it isn't a big deal for me...but something to keep in mind.
    One of the biggest things I am trying to get used to is the overwrite and insert functions when you drop something on the canvas from the viewer. Or should I say...a lack of such. Maybe it's because I just started using this an hour ago and haven't found it yet but it was kind of weird. But I have had no problems selecting a clip and dropping it in the pretty well.
    I love the live preview of effects on a clip. That along with the ease of time remapping and easy color correction have been awesome!! So far, I would say it is definitely worth the money. Then again, I haven't rendered anything out to distribute to a client yet but based on where I am now in the short time I've used it and what I am seeing...I like it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    seems about right

    This seems to echo what Apple did to Quicktime X as well. I guess they decided to 'start from scratch' and people would be just glad to have a cocoa product or something.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Why should the MacAppStore be blocking the purchase of any app? If I want to buy it, I should be warned but allowed to buy it. Maybe I have multiple computers.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No Surprise

    This so-called "revolutionary approach" should come as neither surprise nor disappointment given what Apple has done to iMovie. It seems that Apple could care less about 10,000 pro's using FCP 7 if they can encourage 100,000 newbs to buy FCP X. Look what they did to Shake FCOL!

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Jun 2011



    Well that's what I've come to expect of Apple. They will phase your two year old technology out in the name of progress and never look back. If you want support beyond two years, get a PC.

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