Final Cut Pro X

That series of rumbles you heard coming from Cupertino last week was the result of the release of Final Cut Pro X, a complete rethinking of Apple’s professional video editing application. While many prosumers were intrigued by the latest Final Cut, a significant number of professionals working in the movie, TV, and post-production industries were anything but impressed. To help separate facts, fiction, and fear, I asked Final Cut Pro pro Gary Adcock to join my on this episode of the podcast.

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We’ve covered many sides of Final Cut Pro X. Take a look at Gary’s first look at the application and his review, Serenity Caldwell’s How Apple Re-cut Final Cut Pro for the Better, and Ted Landau’s Troubleshooting Final Cut Pro X.

Gary Adcock is a Chicago-based consultant who specializes in building workflows for film and television productions. He is the founder and past president of the Chicago Final Cut Users Group, Tech Chairman of the NAB Director of Photography Conference, and a member of the I/A Local 600/ Camera Guild Training Committee, teaching tapeless production techniques and workflows to professional camera operators. His writings and musing can be found at his blog on Creative Cow.

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This episode is sponsored by Many Tricks.

At a Glance
  • Read the full review

    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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