Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X with Multicam Support, Advanced Chroma Keying, and XML Support

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Following up on promises to bring support for major features such as multicam editing and XML compatibility, Apple today announced the launch of Final Cut Pro X v. 10.0.3 with a number of enhancements. The release follows another major update released last September and another minor one released in November.
Apple today released Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3, a significant update to its revolutionary professional video editing application, which 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 that support the fast growing Final Cut Pro X ecosystem. Available today as a free update from the Mac App Store, Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 also includes a beta of broadcast monitoring that supports Thunderbolt devices as well as PCIe cards.
Apple also notes that several third-party developers have also taken steps to expand the capabilities of Final Cut Pro X, including the new release of 7toX [Mac App Store, $9.99] from Assisted Editing to move Final Cut Pro 7 projects to Final Cut Pro X.




Multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X v.10.0.3
Final Cut Pro X [Mac App Store] is available in the Mac App Store and is priced at $299.99. The new 10.0.3 update appears to still be rolling out to the store and may not be available for all users yet.
- Multicam editing with automatic sync and support for mixed formats, mixed frame rates, and up to 64 camera angles
- Advanced chroma keying with controls for color sampling and edge quality
- Media relink for manual reconnect of projects and Events to new media
- Ability to import and edit layered Photoshop graphics
- XML 1.1 with support for primary color grades, effect parameters, and audio keyframes
- Beta version of broadcast monitoring with third-party PCIe and Thunderbolt I/O devices
Update: Apple has also released Motion 5.0.2 [Mac App Store, $49.99], bringing several enhancements to the effect editor that serves as a companion to Final Cut Pro.
- Improved speed and responsiveness of text editing
- Ability to automatically add animation keyframes when recording is disabled
- Keyboard shortcut for re-positioning animation curves or paths
- Ability to adjust the pan and scale of an image in a drop zone
- Enhanced look of the Keyframe editor for easier keyframe viewing and editing
Update 2: The updated version of Final Cut Pro X [Mac App Store] is now available. Apple has also released Compressor 4.0.2 [Mac App Store, $49.99], an update to the Final Cut Pro tool for project export.
- Markers set as chapter markers by default
- Addition of Uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit 4:2:2 to export settings list
- Improved speed of transcoding from Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 to ProRes
Article Link: Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X with Multicam Support, Advanced Chroma Keying, and XML Support
 

Anaemik

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Looking forward to seeing the initial reviews from the industry pros with this release. Hopefully it addresses the majority of the major issues that the original release brought, but I'll hold my breath until I hear what a few of those guys who use this day-in, day-out have to say about its features, usability and performance. Still, the fact the the update has finally been released is at least encouraging.
 

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Looking forward to seeing the initial reviews from the industry pros with this release. Hopefully it addresses the majority of the major issues that the original release brought, but I'll hold my breath until I hear what a few of those guys who use this day-in, day-out have to say about its features, usability and performance. Still, the fact the the update has finally been released is at least encouraging.
Most of us have already moved on to Avid or Premiere. We can't afford the uncertainty.
 

DESNOS

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What I don't understand is why Apple didn't make it more clear they were going to add these features back. I understand their need for secrecy, but sometimes they seriously overdo it.
 

MovieCutter

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Yeah, I don't think so. "Most of us." Most of yourself, perhaps.
You don't work in a post-production house or in broadcast do you? My firm is in the process of moving to Premiere. The news organization I used to work for is in the process of doing the same. Buddies who cut in LA and NYC have already jumped ship to Avid Media Composer. So when I say "most of us", I mean most of the editors I know and interact with regularly who span the industry. It's a pretty good sample.
 

ILikeTurtles

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Thank God! Now maybe the video editors I work with will stop crying about how Apple screwed over the video industry.
 

pdjudd

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Personally, I think things are going to get a lot more interesting when Adobe releases their Creative Cloud product which seems to suggest that you can use any of the CS products (Premiere included) for a starting price of $49.99 a month (with one year commitment):

http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html
Per person of course. One year totals about 600 bucks and is only useful so long as you pay. I doubt that many career people are going to bite for renting their software like that.

What I don't understand is why Apple didn't make it more clear they were going to add these features back. I understand their need for secrecy, but sometimes they seriously overdo it.
Except they did do it...
 

henryhbk

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What I don't understand is why Apple didn't make it more clear they were going to add these features back. I understand their need for secrecy, but sometimes they seriously overdo it.
They did, they were just vague on the timeframe (which is annoying in a business planning way).
 

movielad

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Per person of course. One year totals about 600 bucks and is only useful so long as you pay. I doubt that many career people are going to bite for renting their software like that.
Indeed, yet it's nice the option is there if people need it. Obviously the individual apps and Creative Suites will still be available to buy outright as before.
 

MovieCutter

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Thank God! Now maybe the video editors I work with will stop crying about how Apple screwed over the video industry.
They never screwed us over, they just nuked the fridge and forced us to look elsewhere to invest our money in equipment and future roadmaps. We can adapt, but we can't keep using your product when you cut key professional features with no CLEAR roadmap as to when or if we'll get those features back. That being said, I'll play around with this, but my industry has already moved on, so it'll only do me any good on my personal projects.
 

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What I don't understand is why Apple didn't make it more clear they were going to add these features back. I understand their need for secrecy, but sometimes they seriously overdo it.
Actually they did make it clear that they would be adding those specific features and more. With the new Final Cut X, they rebuilt it from the ground up. They could have waited months and months and months and then finally released it with more features but without having gotten any feedback on even the basics....

Or they could have focused on the basic features first and made sure the foundation was solid, released it for feedback at a drastically reduced price, and then added the more advanced features on top of that solid foundation over time.

I think they made the correct decision. In fact, this is how most good software and applications are developed now. Release earlier and make continuous improvements over time based on user feedback. This is the more modern "Agile" development philosophy which is more user focused compared to the old "waterfall" method of software development.
 
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danimal99

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You don't work in a post-production house or in broadcast do you? My firm is in the process of moving to Premiere. The news organization I used to work for is in the process of doing the same. Buddies who cut in LA and NYC have already jumped ship to Avid Media Composer. So when I say "most of us", I mean most of the editors I know and interact with regularly who span the industry. It's a pretty good sample.
I worked in broadcast and produced, directed, and edited live TV. My degree is in broadcast communication. And I still call BS on your "most of us" baloney statement.
 

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What I don't understand is why Apple didn't make it more clear they were going to add these features back. I understand their need for secrecy, but sometimes they seriously overdo it.
They *did*. You might have missed it during the initial introduction, but they clearly stated that they would make these updates in the coming months.

This is why I told people not to panic. This is just how Apple operates, they create a product and then improve it over time. I told people that FCP X would be up to snuff in about a year from introduction. It takes this long for a 1.0 product usually. The same thing happened with the introduction of OSX, the iPod, iPhone and iPad. As the updates continued the products got better and better. Now no one complains about OSX, the iPod, iPhone or iPad.

Those that have left FCP will be regretting it later. :cool:
 

coder12

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Yeah, I don't think so. "Most of us." Most of yourself, perhaps.
Thinking the same thing over here. I'm still swinging with FCP. People made it out to be a lot worse than it actually is. :p This update should prove to be nice..! Especially with the XML support, I'll be a happy camper :)
 

MovieCutter

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I worked in broadcast and produced, directed, and edited live TV. My degree is in broadcast communication. And I still call BS on your "most of us" baloney statement.
Ok, you can call BS all you want. I've done the same as you on an international broadcast level as well as film, corporate and PR experience and have the same degree. To each their own, I'm just going on the swath of editors that I know. And if you think FCP X is ready for primetime...you must be working in community cable access.

From your previous posts on the topic, it's obvious that while you feel you are only "scratching the surface with what FCP X can do", that surface is only skin deep in my part of the industry where i deal with Discovery Channel, National Geographic, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Comcast, CNN, etc. THOSE are my clients, and they are not interested in wasting time with Apple's lack of a roadmap. I have to collaborate and interact with them and deliver material with the most professional tools available. FCPX is not that tool...sorry to disappoint.
 
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What I don't understand is why Apple didn't make it more clear they were going to add these features back. I understand their need for secrecy, but sometimes they seriously overdo it.
From what I remember they made a statement that they were going to release this in the future. I'm just surprised it took this long.
 

1town

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I worked in broadcast and produced, directed, and edited live TV. My degree is in broadcast communication. And I still call BS on your "most of us" baloney statement.
Pretty sure the key word here is "worked"

I don't know on what scale, but there is definitely a large movement over to avid/premiere in post production workhouses.