Importing Sony XDCAM media
Apple has posted a technote explaining how to support Sony XDCAM media in Final Cut Pro X:
SummaryApple: Final Cut Pro X: Importing Sony XDCAM media
To be able to import Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD and XDCAM EX media into Final Cut Pro X, you'll need to download and install the Sony XDCAM Transfer software and XDCAM Drive software.
Free 8-Point Garbage Matte
Alex Gollner has posted a free 8 point garbage matte filter on the fcp.co forum.
fcp.co: Free FCPX 8 Point Garbage Matte
Alex Gollner has been posting a lot of links to different resources at his blog.
alex4d: Apple support for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5
Unrecognized Raster Sizes
FCPX Quirks notes that Final Cut Pro X doesn't allow non-standard raster sizes in projects.
FCPXQuirks: Unrecognized Video Properties
The Magnetic Timeline
Chris Kenny at Nice Dissolve explains how you should think about the magnetic timeline:
The fundamental organizational principle of the magnetic timeline is not based around tracks, but around relationships between clips. When two clips collide, and FCP X moves one of them above or below the other, that moved clip isn’t being bumped to another track. There are no tracks. Rather, FCP X is simply overlapping those clips.NiceDissolve: Getting inside the magnetic timeline’s head
Michael Wohl: Editing in FCPX
Michael Wohl shows some great editing tips in FCPX. Hosted by Michael Horton.Part 1 of 3 Parts
First Look and First Impressions
Ned Soltz has a review of Final Cut Pro X at dv.com:
The greatest beneficiaries of FCP X will be the broad market: iMovie users looking for something more powerful, FC Express users moving up the sophistication ladder, small, creative Webcasters, podcasters, or news professionals who need to turn around a quick package. It is a boon to professionals engaged in that often-amorphous arena of New Media—YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, etc. Other professional editors for whom FCP X may not be appropriate for some jobs can turn to FCP X for these types of tasks in which FCP X excels.BUT:
The broadcast professional, multi-user post facility, feature film or collaborative editor is simply left behind in the current iteration of Final Cut Pro X.dv.com: In Review: Final Cut Pro X: A First Look and First Impressions
Third Party Support
CoreMelt has tweeted:
FCP X compatibility will be a free update to all our CoreMelt V2 customers, and will include 10-12 new plugins
Adobe are saying (currently off record) that Premiere Pro has surpassed Final Cut Pro's user-base, 2.3M versus 2M.
Adobe's Switching Page: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 / Switching to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 : Why switch?
Avid Is Here To Compete Too
We already know that Adobe is more than happy to help out the Final Cut Pro users who are looking to abandon Final Cut. Avid want's you to know that they care too:
For Avid, making great video and audio products to serve the needs of professionals - top editors, whether for film, theatrical, television, broadcasters, major film and music studios, or independent film producers is our lifeblood. You can depend on us to be thinking about your needs first.Avid: Making great products to serve professionals is our lifeblood
sforde.blogs.adobe: We are here to compete
Avid is also going to extend the promotion they offered last month:
...we are extending the cross-grade to Media Composer - through September Final Cut Pro (excluding FCP X) users can get Media Composer 5.5 at the promotional price of $995 USD. You can order the cross-grade as of next Tuesday, July 5th.You can download the free 30 day trial version of Media Composer now.
Avid: Media Composer 5.5
On MacRumors forums, a student posted that the NYU's Post Production Center emailed students letting them know they won't be installing Final Cut Pro X on any of their systems, and also telling them they shouldn't use it for any work at their facilities:
THE POST PRODUCTION CENTER AT NYU'S KANBAR INSTITUTE OF FILM & TV WILL NOT INSTALL NOW SUPPORT FCP X FOR THE UPCOMING ACADEMIC YEAR 201--12.While the poster notes that the center generally keeps up to date with Final Cut Pro and AVID Media Composer, it's probably understandable that NYU - or any institution - wouldn't want to jump in to a completely new application without spending time evaluating it, as well as adjusting their classes etc.
THE PPC WILL BE RUNNING VERSIONS OF FCP 7 & FCP 6.
Please DO NOT BUY FCP X if you intend to work in the Post Production Center facilities at TSOA because your project will not be compatible with the workstations at the PPC.
Any changes in this policy will be announced as they happen.
MacRumors: NYU will not support FCPX, encourages students not to buy.
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