When Apple released Final Cut Pro X in June 2011 it brought a number of new features such as a magnetic timeline, content auto analysis, and background rendering that enables you to keep on working while your Mac chugs away.
At the launch Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller said: "Final Cut Pro X is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro. We have shown it to many of the world's best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped."
Unfortunately not everyone's jaws dropped. Apple's complete re-write of Final Cut Pro wasn't appreciated by everyone. Message boards and Twitter filled up with complaints about the software, with many dismissively calling FCP X nothing more than iMovie Pro.
Despite the Mac App Store dropping the cost of FCP from almost £834 to £199, video editors complained.
When it launched, Final Cut Pro X didn't give pros what they needed. At the time there was no multi-cam support, no export-to-tape feature, no support for EDL, XML, and OMF files, no apparent support for third party plugins, and FCP X users couldn't import their current Final Cut Pro 7 projects.
At the time Apple responded to the complaints about FCP X via an article in the New York Times. The company explained to technology columnist David Pogue that: "The missing features generally fall into three categories. Features that are actually there and have just been moved around, features that Apple intends to restore and features that require a third-party (non-Apple) add-on or plug-in."
The reaction to the launch was so bad that in September 2011 Apple put Final Cut Studio back on sale through a telesales number (it cost £834 and it no longer on sale).
Luckily over the years many of these issues have been rectified, although it was a long wait in some cases. For example, the release of third party software 7toX (which made it possible to convert legacy FCP projects to the new format) didn't come until February 2012. While RED camera support and multichannel audio editing tools, came in October 2012.
Final Cut Pro is currently at version 10.0.9.
In October 2012 Apple pushed out a significant update to Final Cut Pro X. Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 was the software's most significant update yet: The program now supports the RED camera line, adding both native Redcode Raw editing and transcoding to Apple's ProRes format. The update also adds new multichannel audio editing tools to the timeline, dual viewers (allowing editors to compare shots on the fly), support for MXF plug-ins, a unified import window for both file-based camera systems and folders, and support for chapter markers.
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