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Final Cut Pro X takes a radical new approach

Price when rated: $300

Pros

  • Simplified interface and ease of use
  • Advanced media handling and organizational tools
  • Internet delivery via Podcast Producer, Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube are embedded
  • Blu-ray disc format output added
  • App Store delivery allows faster bug fixes and feature upgrades
  • Transparent media management
  • Groundbreaking advancements in handling of media via metadata
  • Blazing speed

Cons

  • Does not open previous Final Cut Pro projects
  • No third-party support for hardware monitoring or software add-ons
  • Tape media can only be captured via Fire wire.
  • Defaults to media capture from camera
  • No support for import or export of content to other editors or other finishing systems
  • No mention of 3D or high-end workflow or deliverables anywhere in the documentation
  • Limited XML and no EDL support restricts usability with other non-Apple software applications
  • Final Cut Studio 3, Final Cut Express and Final Cut Server all discontinued with this release

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