The New Final Cut Pro X

April 13, 2011

by Apple and FCP.CO


FCPX – It was the news we’ve been waiting a few years for but it was worth it. Awesome, jaw dropping call it what you want FCPX (10) takes editing to a new level. All the new features after the break.

As you will probably have known if you were looking at Twitter last night, there wasn’t a live feed of the FCP unveiling at the SuperMeet at Bally’s hotel. So this is a digest made up from different sources so many thanks to @fcpsupermeet @robimbs @nmr for the pictures

Here are the main bullet points

  • The name is Final Cut Pro X
  • 64 bit
  • Unlimited memory
  • Uses Open CL and Grand Central Dispatch
  • Color fully managed with ColorSync
  • Resolution independent playback system up to 4K
  • Mix & match all content in timeline without transcoding
  • No rendering, it does it in the background using every available CPU cycle
  • Can plug into cameras and edit whilst ingesting
  • Non destructive color balance on ingest
  • Stabilisation on ingest
  • Audio cleanup on ingest
  • People and shot detection
  • Range based keywording – metadata attached to part of a clip
  • Smart collections – like smart folders
  • Clip connections, primary and secondary media locking together
  • Magnetic timeline -moves audio out of the way to avoid collisions.
  • Single keystroke nesting
  • Compound clips – collapse clips into a single clip
  • Inline precision editor – simplifies trimming of clips
  • Auditioning – sampling of different versions of edits
  • ‘Skimming’ media previews when you move the cursor over
  • iMovie like filmstrip view
  • Timeline Index- an index of all the clips in the timeline
  • Sync clips with Plural Eyes style featue (Not Plural Eyes)
  • Automatic control of number of tracks – add and go when needed
  • Pitch corrected audio skimming
  • Waveforms show levels in realtime
  • Retiming in the timeline
  • One click to match color between clips
  • New advanced color correction
  • Improved keyframing, bezier paths and curve display in the timeline
  • Color & Soundtrack now in FCPX
  • Ships in June $299 on the App Store

Here are a few photos from the event.


There we a lot of people there and it took time for everybody to be seated. Officially 1700.


Just before the start of the keynote, everybody got Stereo anaglyph glasses. Looks like Steve Jobs could walk out doesn’t it?


Out comes Peter Steinauer, Apple architect and here is Final cut Pro X


Then out came Randy Ubillos and did a live demonstation


I suppose the biggest shock is the price and the fact that the rest of Final Cut Studio hasn’t been mentioned. There are a lot of unaswered questions too, many of them in our FCPX article from yesterday. Click here for the original article…

Welcome to the new Final Cut Pro X

By Josh Ong,  AppleInsider

Apple on Tuesday took the wraps off a revolutionary 64-bit upgrade to Final Cut Pro, dubbed version X, which will arrive on the Mac App Store in June for just $299.

Apple previewed the new software Tuesday during the FCP User Group SuperMeet at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas. Final Cut Pro X will be sold through the Mac App Store starting in June for the low price of $299.

The Cupertino, Calif., company promised that the new version of Final Cut Pro will be “as revolutionary as the first version of FCP,” Eric Reagan of Photography Bay reports.

Final Cut Pro X has been rebuilt from the ground up and will include support for all processor cores through Grand Central Dispatch. In a move sure to please professional users, the new version of FCP will support high-definition 4K resolution.

Other notable features include editing during import, scalable rendering and a resolution independent playback system, director and editor Rob Imbs reported via Twitter.

Preview of updated Final Cut Pro X UI | Source: Photography Bay

As reported by Photography Bay, new features in Final Cut Pro X include:

  • Fully color-managed Final Cut based on colorsync.
  • Resolution-independent playback system up to 4K formats.
  • Background rendering built into application.
Final Cut 1

Automatic import features

  • Media editing before ingest.
  • Image stabilization. “Deal with rolling shutter on the way in.”
  • People detection.
  • Shot detection, can detect medium shots, close-ups, etc. during import.
  • Non-destructive color balance as media is being ingested.
  • Audio clean-up, with options to eliminate hum or rumble during import.

New automatic import features | Source: Rob Imbs

Media management

  • Range-based keywords, allowing users to add keywords selected ranges within a clip without subclipping.
  • Smart collections, a method for categorizing media by type, number of people in shot, framing, etc. “Smart collections looks very iMovie-ish.”
  • Clip connections: “primary audio and video are locked synced together,” with no way to accidentally knock them out of sync.

Final Cut X timeline | Source: Photography Bay

Improved timeline

  • Magnetic timeline: “If you slide a clip down the timeline, long clips (i.e., secondary audio) won’t collide with other clips. The other clips will drop down to a new drag and nothing is pushed out of sync.”
  • Compound clips: “You can combine multiple clips into a single clip to make sequence easier to understand. Everything that is associated with compound clips is still accessible, but moves together with later edits.”
  • Inline precision editor: “You can double-click on the seam between 2 clips and the timeline opens up to show what’s outside the handles.”
  • Auditioning: A non-destructive way to compare edits and effects, allowing users to “throw effects or b-roll into timeline” during the organization process.
Final Cut 2

Streamlined audio editing

  • Auto-syncing audio waveforms, “like a built-in PluralEyes.”
  • Playhead scrubs to audio-sample level for aligning audio in between frames.
  • Pitch-corrected audio skimming.
  • Fade heads are built-in to audio wave forms. No more keyframes.
  • Built-in clip retiming.
  • Color matching. “Click a clip and pick one to color match it to. Click and it’s done instantly.”
  • Mix and match footage. “No more transcoding before input.”
Final Cut 3

Similar to iMovie, Final Cut Pro X offers a film strip view for content. Users can highlight sections of content in the filmstrip view to add keywords. “Selecting those keyword items brings up just those sections of content,” Reagan noted.

In a nod to power users, Apple claims to have designed the new Final Cut Pro so that “everything can be driven from the keyboard.”

The software also reportedly adds “localized adjustments,” which allow users to select an object — like a face — and make adjustments to only that part of the image. Users can also adjust the area and feathering of the local adjustment.

Apple also touted the performance of the current version, Final Cut Pro 7. The company noted that it is popular in the indie film community and essential for the broadcast community.

Apple boasted that there are 2 million Final Cut Pro users with a 94 percent satisfaction rate. It also said that Final Cut Pro is growing twice as fast as its competitors, and said that Adobe and Avid are “in a race for second place.”

Photography Bay also has a rough video of Apple’s announcement from Tuesday available on its site.

Last week, reports emerged that Apple had pressured other SuperMeet sponsors to back out of planned presentations in order to free up stage time at the event.

In February, several film industry professionals revealed that Apple had invited a group of power users to preview the new version of Final Cut Pro. Though they were unable to provide specific details, they promised the update would be “a jaw-dropper.”

Apple’s last major revision to Final Cut Studio came in July 2009 and added more than 100 new features, including real time collaboration via iChat Theater and expanded ProRes codecs.

Apple previews new $299 64-bit Final Cut Pro X to arrive in June

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