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Apple posts Final Cut Pro X FAQ, promises multicam and more

updated 07:30 am EDT, Wed June 29, 2011

Apple FCPX FAQ talks big features in updates

Apple has quietly posted an FAQ for Final Cut Pro X to tackle the complaints and concerns in the wake of a controversial release. The answers more formally address questions to the media and make multiple promises of updates. Multicam editing is coming to a future Final Cut Pro update, something which Apple says it couldn't roll into a minor patch but had to come soon.

"Multicam editing is an important and popular feature, and we will provide great multicam support in the next major release," Apple says.

In the nearer term, a summer update will help export specific audio tracks through the use of metadata tags. XML export was just as important and would include a fresh set of APIs to access the current version of Final Cut Pro's XML code. Volume licensing would be available "soon" through the online Apple Store for anyone buying in batches of 20 or more, Apple adds, and will give users redemption codes.

Some features aren't expected to get updates. Apple justifies the absence of some tape features by arguing that FCPX is meant for "modern file-based workflows" and has only limited support for DV, DVCPRO, and HDV, leaving AJA and Blackmagic to offer deck control apps. As mentioned, import from FCP7 also wouldn't be possible without losing data, since much of the information would be altered or lost.

Other features, like certain forms of external data monitoring and camera importing, are partly dependent on drivers.

The FAQ won't necessarily please veteran editors, some of whom are considering either switching away or are being courted by companies like Adobe and Avid. Apple has nonetheless been hoping to assuage buyers and is issuing refunds as well as characterizing FCPX as a beginning of a process that should eventually have the best of both worlds.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. erics

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2010

    +4

    just another tool....

    Its just another tool to use. If the screwdriver don't fit, just grab another.
    Way too much stress was placed on this release.
    Not all of us sold their farms to run a full fledged FCP studio.
    Most real professional facilities know that having different options is a safe thing to have :)

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +6

    Hullaballoo

    I do think Apple should have been way more clear to the not-always-paying-attention, resistant-to-change video editing community about how radically different FCP X is, particularly as they've been through this many times before when they "reinvent" something.

    Most people think of the fuss kicked up with they revamped iMovie in '07, though I note that nobody has any real complaints about it now (and anyone who started with '07-'08 has no idea what the fuss is about, and thinks iMovie 6HD is a bloated, awkward mess).

    For those who have been around for a while, you should have heard the screaming when Apple invented desktop publishing. Oh there was MUCH wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    Two years from now, everyone will wonder what the fuss was about. Apple tends to drop bombs on staid communities, but the aftermath is usually pretty good once people get over the initial shock. I have a feeling that FCP X .1 or .2 will be the same story, and within five years every major video-editing package will do things the way FCP X does. Sort of like the way the iPhone changed everything, but now it's QUAINT to see a non-touchscreen, non-smartphone.

  1. rtamesis

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2000

    +7

    Third Party opportunity

    This may be an opportunity for a smart third party developer to prove Apple wrong and create an app or plug-in that fully coverts FCP7 projects to FCPX format without losing anything in the translation.

  1. erics

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2010

    +3

    Good call!

    yes rtamesis I think thats how it should be.
    I mean, Apple comes out with the iPhone and iPad.
    Who writes 99% of the apps...third-pary devs ;)
    good call!

  1. REZOLUTION

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2009

    +1

    Little doubt...

    Final Cut Pro X will definitely be around in a couple years - and a lot of people
    will be using it. Just not the Pros. It's really that simple.
    Why did this all gone down the way that it did? - check this article out for a better understanding of Apple in the current day:
    http://digitalcomposting.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/x-vs-pro/

  1. jwdsail

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2000

    +5

    "next major release"?

    Wow..

    Considering major releases are usually spaced a year apart, this is disappointing. I was one of the people saying that some of these missing features were related to changes in QuickTime/Lion and an 1.1 update would drop w/ Lion to resolve many of these issues...

    Ouch.

    I have to say, that if Apple isn't going to fix the glaring issues w/ FCX, they should offer FCS3 for sale to those willing to pay for it, until FCX is fully cooked.. At least the option to buy additional seats / license codes using existing on-site media at large existing installs... Even better would be to allow a free download of FCS3 when you buy FCX... (receipt code)

    And re: iMovie, I'm sorry but iMovie HD 06 is still my goto app for quick slideshows for family members. I use iMovie 11 and FCS, and I still think iMovie HD 06 was the best iMovie, and seeing FCX move to being more of a rehash of iMovieX makes me wonder if there are key Apple personal that are deeply mentally.. disturbed... If Prosumers hated the change, who in their right minds thought Pro Users would like this stripped down app missing key features??? It would have been better to let FCS3 remain the video editing suite for sale for another year while they *finished* FCX..

    I'm still in wait-and-see mode, looking for info on using Conduit and DV Matte Blast with FCX, and waiting for Lion before making any serious decisions... My FCS2 still works fine. Wish I'd picked up a copy of FCS3 now tho...

  1. The Vicar

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jul 2009

    +6

    Where was the testing on this?

    This is the downside of Apple's insistence on keeping things secret. They really, really should have tested this against some (more?) users of FCP7. Then they would have realized that releasing FCPX feature-incomplete was a really, really, REALLY bad idea.

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009

    -3

    I thought


    only Google "outs" Beta software for the public to use (for free). Is it right for Apple to charge for their under performing Beta software?




    Drroid!

    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    Re: agreed.

    There's no real reason to be upset over this. If you can't use it today, then wait until you can, and use FCP7 in the mean time.

    Assuming you can run FCP 7 in the meantime. Who knows when a new OS or Mac will cause that to stop working, since Apple only worries about the latest and the greatest.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    Re: Hullaballoo

    I do think Apple should have been way more clear to the not-always-paying-attention, resistant-to-change video editing community about how radically different FCP X is, particularly as they've been through this many times before when they "reinvent" something.

    Yes, Apple's problem was not knowing how to deal with all those idiot users resistant to change. Man, what do you call those people. Oh, I know. CUSTOMERS! Stupid customers, not knowing they should just listen to Apple and do things the way Apple does.

    Most people think of the fuss kicked up with they revamped iMovie in '07, though I note that nobody has any real complaints about it now (and anyone who started with '07-'08 has no idea what the fuss is about, and thinks iMovie 6HD is a bloated, awkward mess).

    Um, that's because Apple re-posted iMovie HD right after 07 was released because they got killed over it, and those that like iMovie HD won't be too happy when some OS breaks it.

    And of course the new users don't know what the fuss is. That's like saying new users of Windows Vista don't understand the fuss made by those lame XP owners. But that doesn't mean they wouldn't go "Wow, you mean I could have had all this capability?".

    iMovieHD was more of an earlier FCE, whereas the current iMovies is great for idiots to post their "masterpieces" on youtube.

    For those who have been around for a while, you should have heard the screaming when Apple invented desktop publishing. Oh there was MUCH wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    First, Apple didn't invent desktop publishing. That was done by Aldus and others who made the software. Apple just provided the tools (or do we give Apple credit for everything developed on a Mac now?).

    Second, that's a stupid comparison. FCPX is an "upgrade" to an existing software suite. DTP was a complete change of an entire process and industry.

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