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Apple product managers respond to Final Cut Pro X complaints

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Fri June 24, 2011

Multicam, audio tracks to be added back

Apple product managers have answers to a variety of the complaints pro editors have made about Final Cut Pro X, reports the New York Times' David Pogue. The managers say for instance that while multicamera editing is currently missing, restoring it in an update is a "top priority." A stopgap solution involves using the Synchronize Clips option and the V key to switch to the bottom video track.

The managers also insist that it's possible to share projects and media through the File menu, and organize media by using the keyword tagging system, since dragging a clip to a folder effectively applies a new keyword. Likewise, turning off the "Copy files to Final Cut Events folder" option under Import should allow people to keep video clips in original locations. Regarding the absence of a Reconnect Media command when media is offline, the managers defend it by saying the program uses clip identifiers to automatically reconnect when a drive reappears, even if the files have moved or a drive has been renamed.

A more serious issue is Pro X's "trackless" design, which makes it impossible to assign audio tracks. Apple is promising to restore the feature, and is in the meantime recommending Automatic Duck Pro Export 5 to create and manage tracks in the case of people exporting to Pro Tools; the third-party software also enables AAF and OMF export, which should be more widespread once Apple publishes XML programming guidelines. EDL support is however being abandoned, as is importing old Final Cut files, and output to tape is only possible through tape-deck boards and control programs.

External monitor support requires a Mac Pro with a video output card to connect a TV display. Apple suggests that card companies will soon offer Pro X drivers; at the moment AJA has beta software, and Apple is cooperating with Black Magic on a release for the latter's hardware.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. MachineMan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Audio Tracks

    Is it really impossible to assign audio tracks in the timeline?

  1. rickcj

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Pro X

    Hmmm, not sure but sounds like I can do more with my Final Cut Express HD.

  1. Tralthamidor

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    Automatic extra expense

    "Apple is promising to restore the feature, and is in the meantime recommending Automatic Duck Pro Export 5 to create and manage tracks in the case of people exporting.."

    Sorry Apple, but purchasing Automatic Duck Pro for $495. on top of a $300. upgrade fee is a bit unreasonable for a missing feature that was in the previous versions...

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    iMovie revamp all over again

    I can't believe they didn't learn from that experience.

    iMovie is awesome NOW, in the '11 iteration, but I doubt many FCP people are going to wait three years for Apple to fix everything as they did in iMovie.

    The bottom line is that they rushed FCP out half-baked. I suspect a year from now it will be fine, but they've lost a lot of good will by pulling such an uncharacteristic move. I would expect everyone on FCP to just sit tight till the first major update now.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Something wrong...

    There appears to be something seriously wrong inside Apple when it comes to Final Cut. This isn't the first time a FCP upgrade has been a complete stinker. If memory serves correctly, both FCP 3 and 6 both had to be used with the windows open. Without carping on about it, what the h=ll happened with Shake? With its demise, many expected much of it to be integrated into Motion, but that hasn't happened. AAMOF, I wonder if the new version of Motion has also been lobotomized?

  1. REZOLUTION

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Applied For REFUND!

    I'm all up for change...but change that makes it so I can no longer service
    my PAYING customers!? Wow Apple...just immeasurable devastation to a loyal client base overnight...
    Btw: Most if not all the Hollywood studios & Los Angeles facilities (including my own) have banned this from workflows.
    If you're a newbie looking for a real job I suggest looking into Avid...or I'll promptly toss your resume into the trash.

    Hope to be getting my refund soon - I STRONGLY recommend doing this for those ticked off - this is the ONLY way Apple will truly realize they have problem.

  1. DoctorGonzo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    FCPX broken down to its foundation

    The paragraph on moving and reconnecting media exemplifies how the project managers just don't GET how professional post production workflows actually function. It's a kludge, and a failure of design. They can patch and patch and patch and have us buy 3rd party software that costs MORE than FCPX to patch the holes in the program, but the basic design decisions on how the program is structured cannot be reversed without going back and starting again.

    I don't work weddings, I work broadcast television. I simply don't see how FCPX could be patched into something remotely functional for what I do every day.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    talked to a fellow video pro

    we are depressed as if an old friend has died...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    How about "GFY Apple"

    A more serious issue is Pro X's "trackless" design, which makes it impossible to assign audio tracks. Apple is promising to restore the feature, and is in the meantime recommending Automatic Duck Pro Export 5 to create and manage tracks in the case of people exporting to Pro Tools; the third-party software also enables AAF and OMF export, which should be more widespread once Apple publishes XML programming guidelines. EDL support is however being abandoned, as is importing old Final Cut files, and output to tape is only possible through tape-deck boards and control programs.

    no, seriously. Go fck yourself Apple. What on Earth were you thinking?

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    thinking?

    Ask the appointed chief architect, who revolutionized iMovie, and thought the rest of us should follow. Not.

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