In late June we reported that Apple has released a new version of its video editing powerhouse known as Final Cut. Final Cut Pro X was released to mixed reviews, with many professional editors claiming it was useless for their work. It seems as though Apple has heard their cries, and is choosing to ignore them.
Apple held a private briefing for enterprise contact in London about Final Cut Pro X. They addressed a number of concerns, but not really to anyone’s satisfaction. A summary of the briefing was posted to Twitter by @aPostEngineer. Here are the major points:
1. FCP XML in/out is coming via 3rd party soonâ€¦no FCP 6/7 support project support coming ever it seemsâ€¦
2. Ability to buy ADDITIONAL FCP7 licenses for EXISTING enterprise deployments coming in the next few weeksâ€¦ â€¨
3. FCPX EDL import/export coming soonâ€¦
4. FCPX AJA application coming soon for tape capture and laybackâ€¦capture straight into FCPX [events].
5. XSAN support for FCPX coming in the next few weeksâ€¦
6. FCPX Broadcast video output via #Blackmagic & @AJAVideo coming soonâ€¦
7. Additional codec support for FCPX via 3rd Parties coming soonâ€¦
8. Customizable sequence TC in FCPX for master exports coming soonâ€¦
9. Some FCPX updates will be free some will costâ€¦
Basically, the most desired features are not going to happen. If you want XML import of export, you can only get it through a third-party add-on. As for importing Final Cut Pro 6 or 7 files: It’s never happening. Looks like Apple is officially moving on.
On a positive note, Apple is going to allow current enterprise users to buy additional Final Cut Pro 7 licenses. This should give professional users the ability to wait for FCP X to get the plug-ins needed to make it useful. Then again, it’s possible that will never happen.