updated 01:50 pm EST, Wed November 30, 2011
Apple allegedly wanted 'revolutionary' software
Apple produced a Final Cut Pro 8, but decided to kill it in favor of the controversial Final Cut Pro X, suggests RHED Pixel CEO Richard Harrington. The executive made the claim during a recently videotaped presentation. "There was a Final Cut 8 and it was 64-bit and it was done and they looked at it and said 'This is not what we want to do, this is evolutionary, this is not revolutionary' and they killed it," he is quoted as saying.
The video -- which belongs to the Television, Internet & Video Association of Washington DC -- is no longer available for public viewing through YouTube or Vimeo. In fcp.co website comments, though, Harrington elaborates on what he said. "Wasn't saying [FCP 8 was] ready for public. Just that it had significant development and that from what I've been told, that it was planned. Phillip I respect your knowledge of core tech more than mine. The statement was a throwaway comment taken out of context. FCPX is where Apple and many are focussing their attention. FCP 8 will never be. Just echoing what I've heard said many times," he states.
FCP X has come under heavy fire from professional video editors, who have accused the software of actually being a step back from FCP 7 in some regards. Apple has promised to restore many features, and to that end some improvements have already been made through updates. Not all promised fixes have been made, however.