Apple releases Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4

Final Cut Pro X, the much-anticipated overhaul of Apple's professional video editing package, made its debut on the App Store earlier today. Companions Motion 5 and Compressor 4 were also released, retailing for $50 each.

Apple highlighted three key features as the driving force behind FCPX. A redesigned editing interface includes new tools such as a magnetic timeline and clip connections, avoiding the usual annoyances of video syncing and filling in gaps. The media itself has also been made simpler to access with a new keyword and metadata searching system. Finally, the new Cocoa underpinnings have allowed for 64-bit support as well as a more responsive interface. Snow Leopard-specific technologies such as Grand Central Dispatch have been put to use for a more efficient use of system resources. Apple requires an OpenCL-capable graphics card or an Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, any of which must have 256MB of VRAM.

Motion 5 also features a new interface. Joining the new interface is a new template system as well as "rigs". Rigs allow users to make adjustments to large groups of objects in a small amount of time. Compressor 4 has also been improved to match its bigger Final Cut Pro brother. More specifically, a new distributed encoding system promises to make encodes go faster by sharing the workload around other machines.

Final Cut Pro X is $300 and available from the Mac App Store.

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Sound like some of the people commenting here have not tried FCPX... it really should not use the name Final Cut Pro... it's not FCP. It's iMovie Plus. It's missing TONS of pro features, multi-cam support, RS232 remote deck control, SDI output to pro monitoring cards, Plugin support, the list goes on... the interface feels very sluggish on the fast 12core macs.

The technology is interesting and it might have a future but Avid and Adobe are still the Pros

I've been using it for a day and it can not compete in the pro market. Maybe in a few years.

That seems to be the general consensus between pro users.
Hopefully (for everyone that upgraded) that it'll be a case like Aperture, where the initial release was awful and they quickly fixed issues and added missing features.

This new version of Final Cut is getting panned by the type of people who Final Cut is aimed at. You can even import projects from the previous version.

virtorio said,
This new version of Final Cut is getting panned by the type of people who Final Cut is aimed at. You can even import projects from the previous version.

Edit: that is supposed to say "You can't even im..."

virtorio said,
This new version of Final Cut is getting panned by the type of people who Final Cut is aimed at. You can even import projects from the previous version.

If that really should be "can't", this is a major major fail really.

Ambroos said,

If that really should be "can't", this is a major major fail really.

Apples mantra is to leave backwards compatability in the dust. Nice luxury isn't it? Try AVID Studio on the PC, kicks some serious ass for half the price. Oh yeah, AVID makes Hollywood movies too.

Magnetic timeline, 5.1 surround sound, filmstrip view, what's new? Premiere has had all these features (except 5.1) since Version 6.0! That's almost 10 years ago folks!

Phantom Phreak said,
Magnetic timeline, 5.1 surround sound, filmstrip view, what's new? Premiere has had all these features (except 5.1) since Version 6.0! That's almost 10 years ago folks!

Now make a list of all the stuff Premiere was missing for the last 10 years, or do you just want to play the fanboy card again?

BTW those that are professionals, there are a lot of features missing from 7, be aware before you buy and ensure you can live with it. You can run both. A major thing is you cant open 7 projects... fail.

I really hope they bring the updated pro application style to Aperture. This application looks nice. Aperture looks like an Aqua-esque OS 9 app.

That's pretty impressive. $300 for that piece of software is a steal. A lot of major films were edited with Final Cut like True Grid, The Simpsons Movie, 300 or Cold Mountain, which actually was nominated for an Oscar for best editing. Now, serious enthusiasts can get ahold of that Hollywood-grade app for really a small price. Great move by Apple.