Deborah D. McAdams /
01.31.2012 12:00 AM
Apple Hears, Updates Final Cut Pro X With Multicam Support, Beta Broadcast Monitoring
Update is free for existing users
CUPERTINO, CALIF.: Apple today extended an olive branch to the its editing devotees alienated by last June’s release of incompatibility-plagued Final Cut Pro X.

Apple released an update to Final Cut Pro X today that supports multicam editing. Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 “introduces multicam editing that automatically syncs up to 64 angles of video and photos; advanced chroma keying for handling complex adjustments right in the app; and enhanced XML for a richer interchange with third party apps and plug-ins,” according to Apple.

Broadcast monitoring in Final Cut Pro X is currently in beta and allows users to connect to waveform displays, vectorscopes, and calibrated monitors to ensure that projects meet broadcast specifications. Final Cut Pro X supports monitoring of video and audio through Thunderbolt I/O devices, as well as through third party PCIe cards.

Apple says10.0.3 includes automatically syncs clips 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. The Angle Editor allows “precise adjustments” in the multicam clip, and the Angle Viewer supports playback in multiple angles simultaneously, and allows seamless cuts between them.

The updated FCPXbuilds on one-step chroma key with the addition of color sampling, edge adjustment and light wrap. Complex keying can be undertaken in the application without having to export clips to a motion graphics application; results can be played back in real time.

Apple also notes the growth of third-party plug-ins for X, including new ones motion-graphics plug-ins from GenArts and Red Giant. The new 7toX app from Intelligent Assistance uses XML to import Final Cut Pro 7 projects into Final Cut Pro X, a considerable problem for users when X was released.

FCPX v10.0.3 is available from the Mac App Store for $299.99 to new users, or as a free update for existing Final Cut Pro X customers. A 30-day free trial of Final Cut Pro X is available at

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July 19, 2011: “Has Apple Abandoned the Pro Market?”
As soon as Apple editors got their hands on Final Cut Pro X, almost immediately gasps of disappointment filled both print and cyber media.

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Posted by: Veatine Seru
Sat, 02-04-2012 01:37 AM Report Comment
Apple's Final Cut Pro X, is it a good editing software tool for most editors? The same topic here New update for FCP X addresses user complaints .It is said that it is incompatible with files from old versions of the software, and the interface has been entirely redesigned. When you find things not good enough, you tend to say something for it to have some changes, improvement for the common good and benefits from using it.Complain arises and must be addressed.
Posted by: Anonymous
Tue, 01-31-2012 04:18 PM Report Comment
No real timeline. Roles Are a kludge. Color correction still sucks. meh!
Posted by: Anonymous
Fri, 02-03-2012 05:02 PM Report Comment
Most editors were giving up on Final Cut Pro X, and Avid was cheering as it now had no competition. Well, this is bad for both companies. Competition is what keeps your company sharp and up to date. It looked as though Final Cut was giving up on the professional market. Well, maybe they aren't.

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