Apple demos Final Cut Pro X, has everything changed? – Plus demo video!

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

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Brad, you said it all.

I was also waiting for April 12 as the day we would see an upgrade in Final Cut Pro. As I was watching/listening to the live stream yesterday, the first thing I noticed was the interface. It was a bittersweet moment because I wanted a change, but what caught my eye was that it looked eerily familiar to the newest iMovie.

And, exactly what you said, my biggest fear is that they'll compromise functionality and just stil with automagic. What's keeping me sane is the fact that FCP is one of the leaders in the industry, and there is too much to lose if they fall behind in their professional editors market.

Fingers crossed, though!


Looks pretty sick to me! Excited about the update and can't wait to upgrade!


I would urge caution, there is no reason to drown your selves in anxiety over a preview of a demo, some of the automated stuff does have me scratching my head, but alot of their new features are bringing them back up to par with AVID, Premiere, and Vegas so I say lets wait till June before we cast judgment on FCPX

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