Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Final Cut Pro X News

Final Cut Pro X for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors [PDF] | White Paper | Apple
An Apple White Paper for Final Cut Pro 7 editors who still can't work out Final Cut Pro X. It's a pity they didn't release this when the program first came out!
Final Cut Pro X is a revolutionary editing application that includes many new concepts and features that are different from those in previous versions of Final Cut Pro. This document—structured according to the major parts of an editing workflow—uses the Final Cut Pro 7 application for comparison to discuss how to complete important tasks in Final Cut Pro X.

Apple releases updates for Compressor, Motion | MacWorld
The Final Cut Pro X update yesterday got all the headlines, but Apple also updated Compressor and Motion, mostly with bug fixes, though Motion adds support for dual displays.

ProApps QuickTime Codecs | Apple
A link to download new Codecs for QuickTime applications:
This update adds the following video codecs for use by QuickTime-based applications:
  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • Apple ProRes
  • AVC-Intra
  • HDV
  • XDCAM HD / EX / HD422
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2
This update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, or Compressor 4.

What’s new in Final Cut Pro? |
You can read the help document for the new release online here (as well as the entire help for the application.)

Full Details: Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X | Larry Jordan | Larry's Blog
Larry got to talk to Apple about the update, where they told him several things, including:
As our meeting began, I asked what were the key points Apple wanted to convey with this upgrade. The answers were instantaneous:

1. Apple is committed to the professional user.
2. Apple is listening to user feedback and adding major new features far faster than they could do in the past.
His post goes into the new features in some depth, and there's some interesting tips, especially about the GPU acceleration for compression:
(An interesting sidenote: Given the technical specs of the H.264 codec, exporting directly to H.264 will be MUCH faster if you use single-pass than multiple-pass. Apple suggested using single-pass unless you can see a difference in image quality, at which point compress as multi-pass.)

Why are roles superior to tracks? | Philip Hodgetts | Blog
Philip takes a look at the new features, focusing on the new capability of Roles:
in the new release, not only can you use Roles in a Project to enable or disable clips assigned that Role, but selecting a Role highlights all Clips in the Project that have that Role assigned (either Audio or Video).

Kicking the tires on the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1 update | Scott Simmons | The Editblog on PVC
Scott looks at this update, what it might mean for the future of FCPX, and some of the individual features:
XML is the most important thing here as that’s finally going to allow FCPX to no longer be an island unto itself. The very mention of DaVinci Resolve (and Autodesk Smoke) means FCPX should soon be able to play nice with some of those other tools the “pros” have to use. It should be noted that this is an entirely new XML flavor so don’t expect to export an XML out of Final Cut Pro 7 and import that into FCPX. It won’t work and several people tweeted just that today.

Final Cut Pro X Update 10.0.01 Released | Turner | the FCPeffects blog
Pretty much sums it up:
Personally, I know a lot of editors are extremely relieved to learn that Apple is still committed to the professional market and that they're still taking the development of the Final Cut Pro brand seriously.

Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: Custom/duplicate Compressor settings may not be preserved | Apple Support
A tech update from Apple:
Custom settings or duplicates of existing settings created in Compressor may not be preserved. This can occur if right after using Share > Send to Compressor from Final Cut Pro X or Motion 5, you create the settings, quit Compressor, and then quit the app that sent the project to Compressor (Final Cut Pro X or Motion 5).

App store:
Final Cut Pro - Apple® $299
Motion - Apple® $49.99
Compressor - Apple®$49.99

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