Apple may finally be listening to the Pro video world that has been verbally whipping the new release of Final Cut Pro X. Lacking many industry standard features, there has been much resistance in the usual early adoption of Apple software. It has partly addressed this by having a number of releases in order to address these concerns. The latest release on Tuesday was a fairly big update for its Final Cut Pro X video editing app. It only tips the version number slightly up to 10.0.3, but it brings a some major additions that pro users have been clamoring for. Apple clearly wants to win the hearts of FCP 7 users who felt the new version made too many concessions to novice users.
The two big new features in the 10.0.3 update, which is free through the Mac App Store, are multicam editing, allowing users to automatically sync a maximum of 64 angles of video and photos, and a beta version of a broadcast monitoring feature that works with both Thunderbolt and PCIe cards. The removal of multi-camera editing was a major complaint among FCP 7 video editors, since it made combining photo and video from multiple camera sources a much more complicated process.
In addition to those new features, the update also brings improved image and color controls, including the introduction of color sampling, edge adjustment and light wrap editing abilities, which means you’ll be able to depend more on FCP X directly, and less on external programs like Motion when working with complex keying challenges, Apple said in its press release.
Apple also took the opportunity of the release to point out that the third-party application ecosystem for FCPX has grown considerably in recent months, and now includes tools like 7toX, which allows FCP7 projects to be imported to the newer software. The inability to import old projects in FCPX was another of the major complaints users had with the latest version.
Hopefully the updates will continue to align what the software offers, and what pro users expect. Until then, we may see users reluctant to upgrade from FCP 7 , or looking for alternative software for their future editing requirements.