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

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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 breaks free from the menus and tabs to streamline editor tasks. This application gives users control over all the FCPX editing tools in one clean interface, eliminating the need for clicking and searching through the Final Cut Pro X menus. From import to export, PROCUTX can control every step of the FCPX editing process.

Features Include:

o Precision Timeline Scrubbing
o Quick Retiming
o Auto-Correct Color
o Color Grading
o Compound Clip Editing
o Import, Export, and Rendering shortcuts
o Quick Keywording
o Fast access to Tools
o System Volume Control
o Timeline Zooming
o Audio Enhancements
o Record Voiceovers
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
 

george-brooks

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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.
 
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sebimeyer

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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.
 
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ThunderSkunk

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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.
 
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sebimeyer

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Sure but it's marketed for pro users of several-hundred dollar software likely using it on several-thousand dollar Mac Pro's.
Who likely spend more than that on a Starbucks run.

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

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Cool app, but $25 seems a little expensive.

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).
 
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chrono1081

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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.
 
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notjustjay

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Canada, eh?
Sure but it's marketed for pro users of several-hundred dollar software likely using it on several-thousand dollar Mac Pro's.

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.
 
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Michael Scrip

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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.

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:

 
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LittleChief

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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: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1361825/

The download link for the 'Input App - First Look PDF' is probably broken now so use this one instead if you're interested ;) http://littlefil.es/NJiX

Darrell
 
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salacious

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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!
 
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Harrycooke

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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.
 
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baryon

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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…
 
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Journojulz

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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.
 
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kirky29

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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.
 
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gobenji

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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!
 
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mw360

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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!

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?
 
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Terrin

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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.

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).

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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…

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.
 
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mjsanders5uk

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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…

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.
 
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