Apple Reveals 2012 Final Cut Pro X Update with Multichannel Audio Editing, RED Support and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple met with video consultant and trainer Larry Jordan on the eve of the 2012 NAB show and shared some upcoming plans for Final Cut Pro X. The following features are expected in Final Cut Pro X in 2012:
    Jordan goes into some light details about some of the new features. FCP X will be able to read MXF files directly without the need to convert to QuickTime. The same can be said for RED camera support whose files will be able to be edited natively. Finally, Apple explains that Dual Viewers is analogous to Source and Record monitors and that they will try to do it better than has been implemented in the previously.

    While those are the only features officially announced, Apple indicated that they wouldn't be the only new features coming this year. Jordan also asked for hints about upcoming hardware, but Apple didn't provide any information.

    The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference kicks off this week in Las Vegas. Apple has not held a major presence at the show in recent years, but did use the venue last year to introduce Final Cut Pro X. Apple again appears to have a presence at the show and is at least meeting with some prominent figures. The NAB runs through April 19th.

    Article Link: Apple Reveals 2012 Final Cut Pro X Update with Multichannel Audio Editing, RED Support and More
  2. -LikesMac- macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
  3. Inakto macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    Though I'm not a video editor, I have used Final Cut 7 and I find the design quite dated.
  4. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    This seems like a nice update. Seems like a lot of FCP X users are going to be pleased.
  5. fox10078 macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2009
    Makes me real happy, glad to see apple is really trying to make an effort to improve.
  6. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
  7. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
  8. artificemm macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2011

    At least Apple is interested on updating the software, let's see how they do on hardware with the MacPro... :/
  9. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    Any more info available on the MXF support? MXF is just a wrapper, so I'm not sure how useful that'll be. But if they mean, like, DNxHD or something, that would really give Avid's AMA a run for its money.
  10. Mr-Stabby macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2004
    The more time goes on, the more i really feel for Apple when it comes to FCPX. They screwed up when releasing it, but it looks as though they're really trying to make amends and give the people who purchased it the features they actually wanted, and as free updates. I purchased FCPX and have liked it since the beginning, but understood why some professionals thought it was a weak release.

    You have to hand it to them, most of the major complaints about the initial release of the software, such as lack of broadcast monitoring, multicam, no XML capabilities and now viewer have all been rectified in a short time. Nice one Apple. And they're actually being a bit more public about the updates which is something they never usually do.

    Now if only they released a fantastic Mac Pro to go with it, professionals like myself might finally shutup about Apple abandoning the Pro community.
  11. ts1973 macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2002
    Nice software yet no hardware to run it on...
  12. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Final Cut X hasn't replace FCP 7 for me, but I'm using it more and more.

    It's not perfect yet but I'm excited for the future. I think people will love FCX in the years to come. In many ways it reminds me of the first iPhone. You can easily explain what's not there now, but the foundation is solid. Just like with that iPhone, you can see how it will grow.
  13. iAppleseed macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    Give us custom resolution export! I can't make anamorphic videos here! Even iMovie has that feature!
  14. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    i agree it's been a looooooong time to say the least, but i expect something soon now that the ivy bridge chips from intel are being released soon.

    I still find the 2010 12 core i bought before Christmas to be plenty fast. handles hd like a dream.
  15. kurosov macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    This comment makes no sense for multiple reasons.
  16. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    But is it really needed. Aside from the ability to swap drives, does one really need a Pro.

    I'm not really sure I agree that they screwed up. Yes it was lacking a lot of features, but it was a completely rewritten program. Many if not folks would have expected that after seeing the previews. Releasing a program with some features absent to narrow down possible bugs is very common.

    The only 'mistake' was perhaps in killing FCS3 so fast.
  17. Mr-Stabby macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2004
    That's really what i meant. If they had released FCPX as 'A Preview of The Next Generation of Video Editing', and kept FCS3 available, then i'm sure the reaction would not have been so bad. But they removed all traces of FCS3, said FCPX was the replacement, pure and simple and that was it. A marketing failure really more than anything else.

    Anyways, lets not get into that again :D
  18. Rocketman macrumors 603


    This release will cause us to get at least one station of a new Mac, a seat of FCPX to service the RED equipment we rent for special events.

    If it works out for us with our low duty cycle, the folks who watch our bleeding edge resolution and speed needs, will then consider the setup for FX and CGI stuff.

    We are looking in particular for the graphics co-processor aspects of the unannounced features. TB can probably keep up with 4k and 8k at 60fps, and we may need a SSD cache.

    We have pretty short capture times, under 2 minutes.

  19. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    Support for RED cameras, wish I had one of those. The 256 SSD for their camera's are 3200 alone:eek:
  20. NY Guitarist macrumors 65816

    NY Guitarist

    Mar 21, 2011
    Good to see these improvements. Too bad they are not here yet, although I applaud the decision to let the pro community know what is coming.

    And while RED camera support will (eventually) be great to have I know numerous places that depend on R3D workflow who moved away from Apple after Apple dropped them.

    I'm not sure if this will recapture the trust lost from those whose business investment was built around Final Cut and left when functionality that was in FCP7 was not included in FCPX.


    I think the real mistake Apple made was pushing this as a FCP7 replacement at the LAFCPUG during NAB 2011. They really misled people during that presentation by showing a project in FCP7 and then showing, and saying, "here is the SAME project in FCPX!", but never saying , "oh BTW, you can't OPEN your FCP7 projects in FCPX.

    The hype backfired.


    When people say the "pro" market is a bunch of whiners, this is a good example of the level of financial investment to be at that level. So when something can no longer be trusted to work it is off the job. If your software of choice drops support for you, you move on.
  21. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    I really hope NAB will be the time and place where we'll see Apple release or introduce all new Mac Pros!
  22. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    Some people need 12 cores of power... the Mac Pro isn't only for swappable drives.

    Apple isn't the only company who makes huge, multi-processor workstations...
  23. Rocketman macrumors 603


    The FCP7 to FCPX transition was a royal F up. Most people don't buy RED equipment. They rent it for a couple of days or weeks. That way it is financially practical to actually use a 24k device at 120fps. And you don't even have to sell your house to do it.

  24. highdefw macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2009
    well intel chips are finally here, and FCPX, there last piece of somewhat professional software, is receiving a solid update. So a hardware update would make sense... let's see.

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