Tuesday evening during the NAB supermeet, Apple demoed the New Version of Final Cut Pro, dubbed “Final Cut Pro X”. Not sure where Final Cut 8 and 9 went but X was an aggressive step forward. I listened to a pirate live audio stream last night of this event. The audience seemed very impressed and very happy about the improvements, but only real world use will prove the hype.
It is set to release in June for $299 from the Mac App store. Later it was confirmed that the other Final Cut suite programs would be released at the same time for a similar price point.
Here are some of the biggest features:
- Fully color-managed Final Cut based on colorsync.
- Redesigned Interface
- Unlimited Ram
- Full CPU and GPU utilization
- Resolution-independent playback system up to 4K formats.
- Background rendering
- Image stabilization, to deal with rolling shutter.
- People detection.
- Shot detection, can detect medium shots, close-ups
- Magnetic timeline: “If you slide a clip down the timeline, long clips (i.e., secondary audio) won