[Upgrades] Has The New Update To Apple's Final Cut Pro Fixed The Backlash?

Remember when Apple released the new version of its flagship video editing program Final Cut X? If not, you might want a refresher course with Conan O'brien. Basically the backlash was almost unanimous, and it made many of us thankful we chose Adobe's Premiere as our editing software of choice. Well today there is an upgrade that apparently fixes most of the complaints from FCP X users.

With the new Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 upgrade, Apple has added a few features left out of the original version of Final Cut X. Here is a list of a few of the substantial changes that should appease the most hardcore video editors. If there is something you still want to see in the X version that your Pro version did, leave your thoughts in the comments below:

Multicam Editing and Syncing (similar to Plural Eyes maybe?)
Advanced Chroma Keying
Better XML integration for 3rd party applications and plug-ins
Beta version of Broadcast monitoring
Initial support for Thunderbolt and PCIe cards
Conversion of .EDL files into XML files for compatibility with older FCP sessions and projects (via 7toX's $10 plugin)

Both the free update to Apple's V10.0.3 upgrade and the legacy plugin from 7toX can be found here in The Mac Store.

via [PC Mag]

Log in or register to post comments


OK. I am in. Multicam Editing and Syncing was what I was waiting for. 

too little, too late.

Mike Wilkinson's picture

My thoughts exactly. Already switched to Premiere... and while it's not without it's own set of quirky issues, I don't get that same feeling of wanting to stick a shotgun in my mouth when struggling to make FCPX work.

Mark Alameel's picture

Switch too long ago.

good news, time to update.
It was disappointing when it was first released, but I was not going to switch from a program I have used for years without waiting to see what the first major update looked like.

I've been using it and it hasn't been bad at all.  I'm always happy for more updates, it has been a different beast to get used to, but I haven't had too many issues with it.  All depends on what you like I guess.

Excited about editing again with 10.0.3.  .2 and earlier were slow, cumbersome, and the timeline bug and no relinking prevented any serious work.  Glad I didn't switch to premiere.  I have 8 of years professional experience, and now I'm working faster than I ever have.  

It does require an open mind to editing, so people used to the old-school methods are probably going to like premiere/avid better.  On the other hand I've had more "Aha!" moments using new editing techniques with FCP X than I ever had starting out with FCP 5>7.  And its cheap :)

The down sides from my point of view:

1.  Color Correction/Effects only workable in full manual mode.  Copy/Pasting selected effects is not there yet. Its all or nothing for copy/paste.

2.  No real presets/preset loading for Logic Effects/ Audio effects.

3.  No Logic integration yet.  Only with workarounds.  I do love the Roles feature though.

4.  You can end up with a lot of duplicate files if you're not organized from the start.  Plus SAN support is really basic atm.  Some sort of project manager is needed.

5.  Motion projects not importable in the timeline anymore.  Haven't read up on how to work with them easily with fcp x.