Six days ago, I identified what I believed were the four major features that prevented FCP X from being integrated into high-end editing environments. They were:
- A way to export sequence data.
- More audio exporting features.
- Support for third-party I/O hardware.
The FAQ Apple released today speaks directly to three of these. On exporting sequence data:
We will release a set of APIs in the next few weeks so that third-party developers can access the next-generation XML in Final Cut Pro X.
On audio exporting:
An update this summer will allow you to use metadata tags to categorize your audio clips by type and export them directly from Final Cut Pro X.
Multicam editing is an important and popular feature, and we will provide great multicam support in the next major release.
On support for third-party I/O hardware, Apple is a little vague. They say they’re working with hardware vendors, but they don’t explicitly say they’re going to support real video output. That’s the way I’d bet, but for the skeptics, I have nothing concrete to point to today.