ProCutX App to Streamline Final Cut Pro X Editing From Your iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Production company and Final Cut Pro X plug-in creator Pixel Film Studios has released a new app today that allows you to control Final Cut Pro X with your iPad.

    The app is a virtual representation of high-end film editing consoles that some professional editors use for big budget Hollywood movies, which allow them to quickly and easily edit lots of footage without working with a mouse and keyboard, but is streamlined and optimized for both Final Cut Pro X and iPad.

    ProCutX is available in the App Store for iPad for $24.99. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: ProCutX App to Streamline Final Cut Pro X Editing From Your iPad
  2. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Off topic I know, but that’s one messed up home button in the picture :eek:
  3. george-brooks macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    This looks pretty cool. But I switched to Premiere CS6 not too long after X came out. No intention of returning to the final cut suite.
  4. sebimeyer macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2002
    As a photographer, I am jealous

    This is interesting on many levels.

    As a photographer and daily user of Aperture I sincerely hope Apple is showings its hand about their pro line. (All grumbling aside, I still like Aperture better than Lightroom. An update is needed though. Aperture X, anyone?)

    I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE having a companion App for Aperture on my iPad.

    Let me rate, tag and sort photos on my iPad and sync that with Aperture. That would be a dream come true. I wouldn't even need all the "heavy lifting" such as non-destrcitive editing for now.

    It was possible with an App called Pixelsync but a recent change to Aperture's library architecture broke the App and it is no longer available for current versions of Aperture. The developer talked with Apple, then decided it wasn't worth trying to reinvent how Pixelsync works.

    Sincerely hope Apple is doing something in that regard, or at least creates a reliable API so others can do it for them.
  5. bwhli macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2012
    Boston, MA
  6. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68020


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    Apple should have come out with configurable multitouch control surfaces for all their pro apps by now, & an API for the USB bus access for lower latency interfacing like this.

    As well as matching the amount of drivespace for backups on icloud to the size iPad you bought.

    Apple seems to be lacking in the greater overall vision with regard to iPad software. Such awesome potential. Get on the ball, Apple.
  7. sebimeyer macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2002
    It's not. That's about what shareware used to cost.

    Besides: Software development costs money. Making your job easier is worth money.
  8. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    Sure but it's marketed for pro users of several-hundred dollar software likely using it on several-thousand dollar Mac Pro's.
  9. sebimeyer macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2002
    Who likely spend more than that on a Starbucks run.

    $25 is expence-account billable without anyone even noticing. :D
  10. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Pro level software goes on a different level to consumer software when it comes to pricing. $25 really isn’t that much if you need it for your work, as you can write it off against your business (if you’re self employed or run your own company).
  11. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I LOVE companion apps. I wish more companies did it.

    Corel Painter has Cinco which makes Corel Painter such a joy to use (I love having an extra set of menus on my iPad).

    Luxology has LuxPreview for Modo which offputs your render onto your iPad. Its actually really convenient.
  12. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Especially when you consider how much a hardware device would cost that offered the same level of functionality. Shuttle/jog controllers can cost hundreds.

    The app is missing the tactile feel of a physical jog wheel though. With a hardware device, you could operate it by feel alone.
  13. Michael Scrip macrumors 601

    Mar 4, 2011
    As a Windows user I've always been in the Adobe camp. I'd be interested in something like this for CS6.

    Or any application, really. Is there any programmable interface app for iPad? I've never thought to look.

    Hardware like this has existed for years:

  14. Shookster macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    I've been a fan of Editmote for a while:

    It's not strictly a surface but it's got almost equivalent functionality, it's cheaper, more customizable and supports gestures.
  15. LittleChief macrumors newbie


    Dec 7, 2009
    This app looks great but I agree with 'ThunderSkunk' in wishing Apple were further along with APIs etc to really push this use case! APIs that could make great (low latency) companion apps a reality for the Mac.

    I was working on a similar premise a while back now and I posted my experiences on MacRumors:

    The download link for the 'Input App - First Look PDF' is probably broken now so use this one instead if you're interested ;)

  16. salacious macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2011
    They are not even doing a promo launch special price? Il stick with my shuttle pro, they should make this around £8 to even consider getting me to buy an app that's had no reviews!
  17. Harrycooke macrumors 6502


    Oct 10, 2012
    London/New York
    I have so many visions for what the iPad could be used for in regards to other devices and its nice to see one being done. I hope it spreads to Logic.
  18. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    This sounds like a great idea! But has FCP X gotten much better since its first release? I just ditched it and used Premiere ever since, and it does everything much better and faster than FCP X did at the time of release. Is it worth switching to FCP X at this time? I liked how it's simplified, but then I realized that you can only do about 10% of the things a video editor should do, not to mention the incompatibility of plugins…
  19. Journojulz macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2008
    Timeline scrubbing!?!

    At last! Skimming is good, but scrubbing back and forth with 2 fingers like you do in QT is the one thing i really miss!

    I charge £25 an hour for my time - if this saves me an hour in a day it will have paid for itself. by teatime.
  20. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
    I'd love something like this for Aperture!

    Just something simple, like on the iPad it could show all my tags, so I could easily just tap to tag... same with star ratings etc.

    It'd be fantastic.
  21. gobenji macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2013
    I'd buy one for the Creative Suite where you could switch between user-customizable layouts for each app... if anyone from Adobe is listening!
  22. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    They have to price it high because its a tightly constrained market. iPad users, who also have a Mac and also bought FCPX and also didn't bitch and moan and switch to Premiere. How many of those are there?
  23. Terrin macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2011
    I really don't get comments like these. You switched at a drop of a hat, but you have no intention of going back? Then why comment on a third party Final Cut Pro X utility that looks pretty cool and shows the strength of the platform?

    What people don't understand, and it is mostly Apple's fault for the confusion, is that when Apple switched from supporting both Cocoa and Carbon developing environments to just supporting Cocoa, Apple had to rewrite Final Cut from the ground up. That is a major undertaking because Final Cut Pro 7 was huge piece of software. Apple took the same approach it did when it released OSX. It brought out a product that contained a solid foundation, but lacked many features the previous version had. Unfortunately, many of these features Pros were relying on. Apple should have foresaw this, but the way it likes secrecy sort of backfired on it.

    Since the release though, Apple said it would quickly be adding features, and it temporarily put Final Cut Pro 7 back on the market. True to it's word in the fifteen months it has been out, Apple has released at least 7 significant updates. It even offers a free demo now. To each their own, but in comparison to other options, it also costs a lot less.

    On the App Store, it has almost 4 out of 5 stars, which seems pretty good considering all the angry people who reviewed it when it first came out and who gave it one star (which brings the average down).


    You might prefer Premiere, but as I already mentioned, Apple released 7 free significant updates since the first version was released. Many people who dogged the program went back and praised the updates. Lots of people liked what Final Cut Pro X brought to the table in terms of new features, they just hated the lack of relied upon features and the initial lack of backwards compatibility between projects (since addressed).

    Apple obviously is serious about the program or it wouldn't be going to town on bringing in free updates adding features so quickly. It also is clearly listening to the pro community in doing so as many of the added back features are the ones pros gripped about.
  24. mjsanders5uk macrumors regular

    May 11, 2009
    Of topic but yes. 10.0.6 (current version is .7 but that was a minor bug fix) is a much more mature animal. Well worth taking a look at again.
  25. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010

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