Sun, 26 Jun 2011 Apple Final Cut Pro X review
With Final Cut Pro X, Apple has once again set out to completely re-invent the video industry. This is a truly groundbreaking release, says reviewer Gary Adcock. Here's the lowdown.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Pros: Simplified interface and ease of use; Advanced media handling and organizational tools; Internet delivery via Podcast Producer, Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube are embedded; Blu-ray disc format output added; App Store delivery allows faster bug fixes and feature upgrades; Transparent media management; Groundbreaking advancements in handling of media via metadata; Blazing speed
- Cons: Does not open previous Final Cut Pro projects; No third-party support for hardware monitoring or software add-ons; Tape media can only be captured via Firewire; Defaults to media capture from camera; No support for import or export of content to other editors or other finishing systems; No mention of 3D or high-end workflow or deliverables anywhere in the documentation; Limited XML and no EDL support restricts usability with other non-Apple software applications; Final Cut Studio 3, Final Cut Express and Final Cut Server all discontinued with this release
- Price: £199.99
- Star rating:
Macworld Buying Advice
With Final Cut Pro X, Apple is once again out to completely re-invent the video industry. This is a truly groundbreaking release for a 1.0 software version, and I hope that the professional features that many video editors currently use will be made available soon. For the time being, as someone that needs to work for a living, I am not giving up my hardware-based version of Final Cut Pro 7 just yet, especially since Apple makes it possible for users to have both FCP X and Final Cut Studio functional on the same computer. I regret that the older suite of tools has been removed from the Apple Store, but I plan to start using this version of Final Cut Pro for my direct to web deliverables and keep testing while I wait for App Store updates and additional features. The only real question for now is, how long before I get this on my iPad?