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Apple addresses Final Cut Pro X issues in FAQ

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 29 Jun 2011 19:55 User comments (7)

Apple addresses Final Cut Pro X issues in FAQ FAQ is mixture of good and bad news for users of the software.
Apple unveiled the new Final Cut Pro X software last week, the successor to Final Cut Pro 7. The new version was built from the ground up and fundamentally changed some details about the program. The response from some professional users was very negative, as they felt the software is inferior to Final Cut Pro 7.

One of the biggest concerns for users is that Final Cut Pro X cannot import projects from past versions of Final Cut Pro. Apple addressed this issue in the FAQ, and the news is not good.

Can I import projects from Final Cut Pro 7 into Final Cut Pro X?
"Final Cut Pro X includes an all-new project architecture structured around a trackless timeline and connected clips. In addition, Final Cut Pro X features new and redesigned audio effects, video effects, and color grading tools. Because of these changes, there is no way to 'translate' or bring in old projects without changing or losing data."

It goes on to say that you can still use Final Cut Pro 7 after installing X, and that Final Cut Pro 7 will work perfectly with Mac OS X Lion. It then also states that you can still import the media files used in past projects, which should have been completely obvious. The problem is not the media files, it is the editing information stored in saved project files that has pro users upset.

Another problem is the lack of support for Output to tape, and the limited import abilities in that area too.

Can I edit my tape-based workflow with Final Cut Pro X?
"Final Cut Pro X is designed for modern file-based workflows and does not include all the tape capture and output features that were built into Final Cut Pro 7. Final Cut Pro X does support FireWire import for DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, and HDV."

Another notable omission was support for XML exports, but the FAQ did confirm that APIs for XML export options will be made available. "When the APIs for XML export are available, third-party developers will be able to create tools to support OMF, AAF, EDL, and other exchange formats," the FAQ states.

Final Cut Pro has been used in the editing process or many major films over the past decade. Some recent examples include "True Grit", "The Social Network" and "Where the Wild Things Are". It was also used to edit "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "No Country for Old Men" and "Cold Mountain", all of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Editing.

Read the Apple Final Cut Pro X FAQ here. http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro/faq/

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7 user comments

129.6.2011 20:33

Now I see why they were so pissed off. It almost sounds like apple is taking tips from mozilla. "Eh that old feature that you've been using for years? You don't need that anymore. Oh we're not going to replace it because you won't miss it anyway."

230.6.2011 0:31

It has always been a crap program. The fact that it was used for some big movies that didn't win any awards for editing proves nothing; it is still targeted to the home market, not to professionals. This is strongly reinforced by the lack of support for just about EVERYTHING that professionals use, even the things that professionals with amateur skills were using with this suite in the past don't work anymore!



330.6.2011 12:32

Originally posted by KillerBug:
It has always been a crap program. The fact that it was used for some big movies that didn't win any awards for editing proves nothing; it is still targeted to the home market, not to professionals. This is strongly reinforced by the lack of support for just about EVERYTHING that professionals use, even the things that professionals with amateur skills were using with this suite in the past don't work anymore!

Final Cut Pro X is definitely targeted more at the home/prosumer market, but the previous versions weren't so much, that's why it captured almost half of the professional market within a few years. Btw, being nominated for an Academy Award is a big deal to the people doing the editing, not the software, my point was to emphasize that past versions of the software have been used in huge productions, whereas Final Cut Pro X is not impressing the pros that use Final Cut Pro 7.

430.6.2011 18:11

And how is anyone surprised of Apple not honoring backward compatibility? As far as I know, in OSX you can't multitask with OS9 apps, it starts a OS9 subsystem to run them. That said, everything said. :P


"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

530.6.2011 18:12

(But, hey, "it just works").


"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

62.7.2011 16:47

You kids are funny.

72.7.2011 16:59

http://www.apple.com/why-mac/
Why Mac? That is one of the main reason Macs are truly tossers. Macs also makes an okay door stop.

I starting laughing when it said, "It doesn't get PC viruses." Keyword is PC which doesn't apply to the Apple OS FOOBAR # XXX999xxx9999
Jeff

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