The long-awaited upgrade to Apple Final Cut Pro X is finally here, and while it delivers vital features that had been omitted, it’s not everything that professional video editors had been promised.
This big news about Final Cut Pro 10.0.1 is that it adds Rich XML import and export, so that it can work with third-party workflows. Also improving interoperability is new Xsan support. Xsan is Apple’s OS X storage area network (SAN). With Xsan support, editors can share media stored in a networked location, while creating separate projects.
Apple is also offering a free 30-day trial with the software. FCPX is only sold through the online App Store. Many buyers, angry that the original release wasn’t what they expected, demanded refunds. They noted that even cheap games in the online store come with a free trial.
The upgrade includes a new tool called Roles. That lets editors intelligently label and export stems for audio and video tracks.
Other features include the ability to set custom timecodes, add transitions to connected clips in one step, and view projects at full-screen.
Editing should be faster with the upgrade, thanks to new GPU-accelerated export.
While these improvements are so far getting a favorable reaction, they don’t fill all the gaps of Final Cut Pro X, or even deliver all that was promised.
In June, Apple posted a page of questions and answers on Final Cut Pro X to quell the storm of discontent from Final Cut veterans. It promised that multicam editing would be added “in the next major release.”
The software also still lacks professional DVD and Blu-ray creation. That might never come, though, as Apple has been moving away from physical media.
For more, read Jan Ozer’s review of Final Cut Pro X.