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Apple does the iteration thing with FCP X

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3, with multicam, what looks like better chroma keying than FCP 7 ever had, better XML support (including moving primary color grades to third-party apps like Resolve) media relinking, layered PSD support, and … Continue reading

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The magnetic timeline and reasonable defaults

Over the last few weeks, I’m sure I’ve seen the magnetic timeline called ‘non-professional’ in hundreds of blog posts, forum messages and tweets. The logic seems to be that it’s designed to make it easier to edit, but in the … Continue reading

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Getting inside the magnetic timeline’s head

I’ve seen a lot of hatred toward Final Cut Pro X’s new magnetic timeline over the last nine days. I’m increasingly coming to believe it’s all a big misunderstanding. Most of the resentment of the magnetic timeline, as far as … Continue reading

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Final Cut Pro X critical feature update

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 … Continue reading

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Breaking: Final Cut Pro X is an Apple product

I mention this because some people are acting as if they are unaware of this fact. What are the three major complaints about the FCP X rollout? The first release is missing some features that conventional industry wisdom would consider … Continue reading

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Is Python the future of Final Cut Pro X workflow?

So, this is a little more geeky than is normal even for this blog, but I ran the Unix ‘strings’ command on the Final Cut Pro X binary. This command tries to extract things that look like bits of human-readable … Continue reading

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A ‘pro’ app with missing features

Well, the “It’s not a pro app!” freak-outs have started. The only real surprises for me, in terms of feature omissions, are support for video I/O cards and XML exporting. I expected those things to be there from day one, … Continue reading

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The end of project files?

Take a look at this little section of the Final Cut Pro X user interface: I think this post over in the Creative Cow forums correctly identifies this as a mechanism for switching between multiple open sequences. That should allay … Continue reading

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The magnetic timeline’s off switch?

There has been some concern expressed on Twitter and various blogs that Final Cut Pro X’s new “magnetic timeline”, with all of its automatic rippling, could interfere with the process of making adjustments to material that has to meet precise … Continue reading

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