Apple didn’t exactly wow video professionals when it released Final Cut Pro X last June. Dropped features and a completely new interface meant there was a significant backlash against the software (despite its lower price) and saw previously loyal customers look to alternatives.
The latest update to Final Cut Pro X (FCP X), called v10.0.3 is a fairly significant update and has added a number of features which users felt were omitted in the original release. One of the major reasons for complaint by video editors using FCP X was its inability to open projects edited in Final Cut Pro 7.
This has been fixed thanks to a third party plugin called 7toX from intelligent Assistance which uses XML to import Final Cut Pro 7 projects to FCP X. while it would have been nice to have the ability to do this natively from the start, at least it has now been added.
Another major update is the addition of multicam editing which supports up to 64 cameras. FCP X will automatically sync clips from your shoot using audio waveforms, time and date, or timecode to create a Multicam Clip with up to 64 angles of video, which can include mixed formats, frame sizes and frame rates.
Apple has also updated the one-step chroma keying, including advanced controls including colour sampling, edge adjustment and light wrap, meaning editors don’t have to switch out to a separate app to do such things as green screen work.
The company has given a glimpse of the future by including what it calls "beta" support for broadcast video monitors with Final Cut Pro X now supporting third-party monitors through PCI express and Thunderbolt.
Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 is available now from the Mac App Store for £199 to new users, or as a free update for existing Final Cut Pro X customers.