Apple has launched the latest version of Final Cut Pro making it available only in the Mac App Store and at the incredibly low price of £179.99.
Final Cut Pro X has been completely rebuilt from the ground up and is now a 64-bit app that will take full advantage of the latest Mac hardware and software allowing you to even work on 4K video. You’re going to need some serious hardware to go with this professional-grade video editing software with Apple talking up the advantages of Thunderbolt compatibility on the latest machines. Among the new features in Final Cut Pro X is Magnetic Timeline which is a trackless approach to editing your footage that lets you add and arrange clips wherever you want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way. Another feature is Clip Connections which automatically keeps everything (B-rolls, sound effects, music etc) together as you make changes. Final Cut Pro X uses multi-threaded processing and the GPU on your graphics card for to speed up background rendering.
“I’m blown away by what Apple has done with Final Cut Pro,” said Angus Wall, Academy Award-winning film editor. “Final Cut Pro X is incredibly modern and fast, but most importantly it lets you focus on telling your story in the most creative way, while it actively manages all of the technical details.” As well as releasing the latest version of Final Cut, Apple has announced a couple of additional apps which work in conjunction with it. Motion 5 for professional motion graphics and Compressor 4 for advanced media encoding, are both now available from the Mac App Store for £29.99 each. While these were included in the price of the previous version of Final Cut Studio, two other apps also included last time Colour and Soundtrack Pro are still included with Final Cut Pro X.
The price of Final Cut Pro X (with Motion 5 and Compressor 4 included) is still more than half that of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 which will make it a very attractive alternative for any wannabe Gareth Edwards out there. Final Cut Pro X is available today from the Mac App Store.