updated 12:35 pm EDT, Tue June 28, 2011
Feature dropped to hurry launch?
Final Cut Pro X contains references to Pro 7 XML import in its code, a Brazilian website notes. Support for the feature is one of a number of complaints video editors have had with the new suite. The existence of hooks suggests that Apple may have dropped the feature in order to get Pro X released, or simply that support was considered but abandoned.
Apple product managers have stated that the ability to import old Final Cut files is not planned for future Pro X updates. Some things that are in the works include a greater array of drivers for video output cards, and the restoration of multicam editing and assigning audio tracks. Such gaps have led a number of editors to insist that Pro X is closer to an enhanced version of iMovie than software meant for professionals.