Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Final Cut Pro X Latest News III

Another First Look
Steve Martin of Ripple Training has posted a fairly extensive "First Look" at Final Cut Pro X:
While FCP X is very promising, it still lacks key features for professionals. (I'm cutting it some heavy slack because I'm taking into account this is essentially a version 1 product built on an entirely new foundation). But the fact remains that there is no professional audio editing capabilities. With many of the features of Soundtrack Pro now rolled into FCP X, I still long for a full featured waveform editor to perform bread-and-butter audio editing chores. This coupled with the fact that there is no built-in way to collaborate with sound editors using ProTools or other DAWs is problematic.
KenStone: Final Cut Pro X - A first Look

Another First Look from Gary Adcock
Gary has done one for MacWorld, and another for the Creative COW:
Apple is keenly aware that FCP X is not ready for professional editing out of the gate. I have been assured both privately and publicly that support for third-party tools by AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox and others will be implemented, but how soon? I know for a fact that many of the FCP developers were all but avoided at Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in early June.
CreativeCOW: FCP X: Ready or Not, Here it Comes...

  • ProApps QuickTime Codecs. Apple has made available a separate update of codecs for use by QuickTime applications. Apple: ProApps QuickTime Codecs [Not sure if these will work with any other application]
  • While you can keep Final Cut Pro 7 on your machine (and run it) you can't run it concurrently with Final Cut Pro X
  • Looking for a PDF of Final Cut Pro X Help? Go to the Help, click on the Print icon (top right) choose Book | Final Cut Pro Help and then Print to PDF.
  • Rolling Shutter Test: Carl Pendle has posted a video showing the Rolling Shutter removal feature. "It's removed quite a bit of it, but not all": YouTube: Rolling Shutter FCPX
  • Exhaustive Release Notes are posted to Apples site: Final Cut Pro X: Release notes
  • Native editing support does not include MJPEG
  • There are built-in export presets for CNNireport
  • Official: Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Express and Final Cut Server are EOL. Does this really mean there won't be a Final Cut Server X? Apple: Final Cut Server has been discontinued
  • What's so good about Final Cut Pro X again? A reminder about some of the good things from Daniel Freytag: FCPX – Apple changed everything, or not?
  • This first thing you see, when you launch Final Cut Pro X (import iMovie Projects screen): PhilipBloom: Tumblr  

Importing Older Projects?
Jared Abrams says you can import previous projects into Final Cut Pro X:
The new Apple FCPX will overwrite move your older FCP files/projects (See Update) into a folder in the applications folder. I was able to import older FCP sequences to the new FCPX. Although this could present problems for some users. (See Screen Grab).
Wide Open Camera: FCPX First Look. Beetle Spec Spot. Screen Grabs And More

Red Giant on Final Cut Pro X Support:
Apple has not yet contacted 3rd party plugin developers to let them know what the transition plan is for plugins in FCPX.

That’s really all we’ve got right now. We know as much as you do. We’re downloading the software ourselves for the very first time, and as soon as we’ve tested it out and have more info, we’ll give you an update.
Red Giant: Red Room Blog: Final Cut X is Here

Missing Features
The Premiuimbeat blog is keeping track of missing features: Final Cut Pro X: The Missing Features

Second Monitor Support
Michael Beck notes that you can use a second monitor in Final Cut Pro X:

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Cutting Edge Studios said...

Were you able to buy FCP with iTunes giftcards? How did you do it? I can't find the option.

Michael Murie said...

Before buying the app:

Open the App Store. (I'm assuming you are signed in with an Apple account; if you don't have one, you have to create one.)

Look on the right-hand side under Quick Links. Click Redeem.

Enter the iTunes gift certificate(s) when done, your account will show a balance.

Buy the software!