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NAB 201: Apple Final Cut Pro X Demoed, Available for $299 in June

Apple unveiled a redesigned version of Final Cut Pro professional video editing software at NAB in Las Vega. Final Cut Pro X marks the software’s jump to Cocoa, bringing with it 64-bit support for working on very large projects. Utilising core technologies introduced in Snow Leopard such as Grand Central Dispatch, Final Cut Pro X is able to take advantage of multicore systems to improve performance.

Final Cut Pro X

“Something as revolutionary as the first version of FCP when introduced in 1999&Prime, it is rebuilt from the ground up, 64-bit, and will fully utilize all cores of all processors.”

“Fully color-managed Final Cut based on colorsync.” “Resolution-independent playback system” Up to 4K formats. To be able to deliver that, “we’re leveraging Grand Central Dispath.” You can use all 8-cores. Background rendering built into application.

The new version brings with it a wide range of new features such as a magnetic timeline and localised image adjustments. The interface is notably similar to iMovie, but quotes from professionals indicate a simplified interface is the least of their worries. “Editors just want to make great cuts and Final Cut Pro X makes that easy,” writes Scott Ivers. Dan Devlin of Electric Entertainment was equally positive, adding “This program represents the beginning of a new era in digital editing.”

There is no longer a need to wait for the ingest process to complete before working, and during the process clips can be automatically stabilised and cleaned up. Building on the Faces feature from iPhoto, FCPX is able to detect people and shot types. Range-based keywording, eliminating the need for splitting a clip up for separate keyword groups, combines with shot and people detection to create Smart Collections. Users can base Smart Collections on how many people are in a shot, media type, the framing of a shot, and many other options.

Final Cut Pro X will be available from the Mac App Store in June for $299.

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