Almost certainly. There is essentially no reason to believe otherwise.
I’ve seen speculation that FCP X won’t support EDL/XML/OMF export, won’t support professional video I/O interfaces, won’t support third-party plug-ins, won’t work well with large projects, no longer supports three-point editing, and even that new automation features won’t be possible to disable.
Why are so few people willing to give Apple the benefit of the doubt here? After all, it would be unusual for a new and ostensibly improved version of an application to drop all sorts of critical features that previous versions had.
The skepticism toward FCP X makes little sense based on the actual content of Apple’s announcement. It only makes sense if you went into the announcement with a preexisting conception that Apple was pulling back from the pro market. A lot of people clearly did precisely that. But where did such a preconception come from?
As far as I can see, the primary evidence for the notion that Apple was pulling back from the pro video market is that there had been no really major new release of Final Cut Pro since 2007. But there were always two ways to explain that:
- Apple was de-emphasizing the pro video market or
- Apple was quietly working on a major, ground up overhaul of Final Cut Pro.
We now know definitively that the latter was the case.
It makes no sense to evaluate what we know about FCP X within the context of a mental model of Apple retreating from pro video, when the mere existence of FCP X removes the primary evidence for the validity of that model.