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March 28, 2013
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Apple Updates FCPX, Attempts to Win Back Pro User Base

Apple continues to update their Final Cut Pro X video editing application, with the 10.0.8 adding new features and addressing performance issues.

Final Cut Pro X

Video editors that cried two years ago that “Apple isn’t dedicated to the pro user!” after the release of FCPX, may have to rethink their position. Since its release it has received continuous updates to improve performance, as well as add new (and missing features) that make it more usable for pro video editing. The recent FCPX 10.0.8 update continues to improve the app and offer more features for the professional user (list of new features with 10.0.8 update below).

A recent LA Times article stated that Apple is now planning to squarely target their professional userbase, including video editors that they may have initially lost with the release of Final Cut Pro X.  The new “FCPX In Action” marketing series will focus on professional video editors and producers that are employing a FCPX workflow with success.  It will be interesting to see if this marketing push, coupled with the ongoing app updates, is enough to sway video editors that Apple is in fact committed to their pro userbase. (Image from

Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.8 Update

  • Support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution
  • Option to display ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 color and contrast levels
  • Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render
  • Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects
  • Time reversed clips render in the background
  • Ability to use key commands to adjust Clip Appearance settings in the timeline
  • Ability to view reel number metadata located in the timecode track of video files
  • Mono audio files in a surround project export with correct volume levels
  • Drop zones no longer reset to the first frame of video after application restart
  • Fixes a performance issue which resulted from selecting multiple ranges on a single clip
  • Fixes an issue where the Play Around function did not work properly on certain clips when viewed through external video devices

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  • lasvideo

    Lures pros back? Ha ha, Apple. The jokes on you. To little, to late. Besides pros dont trust you anymore.

    • QuintAve

      Really? do you know any pro’s?

  • Patrick Southern

    I disagree. Being certified in both, and having used both on numerous projects, I’d rather use X any day of the week. It is simply a better program. I thoroughly trust Apple. I feel they just rolled X out before it was ready.

    • QuintAve

      Yep. Some people can’t get over that. Oh well…

  • Ross Neil

    The trouble is, FCP X alienated a large selection of the ‘Pro’ community. Now it may be to late to win back the editors who moved on to Avid 6 or the Adobe CS6 suite. Is it worth the risk/trouble of moving back and have the updates been substantial enough?

    • QuintAve

      Well, can’t speak for all editors, but it’s really really nice to cut in once you get dialed in… Definitely worth a look if you haven’t messed with it in a while

  • Brian TheBodasity Erickson

    I love FCPX but the main thing I hate about it is the stability problem. I will get really close to the end of a project and be almost ready to render out the video and then it will crash. I don’t know what it is but I am starting to get really annoyed.

    • QuintAve

      I cut in X all day, 5 days a week on some jobs. It’s been super stable. And on the rare occasions it’s crashed, i’ve never lost so much as a keystroke of work. Is it possible there’s another issue with your machine?

  • Fuego de La Noche

    I used FCPX for one month long only, (I’m all day, week, and years of video editor) but isn’t better (for me) than Premiere Pro CS6 (and no matter if QuintAve opposite says)

  • Fred Jones

    I just changed the name of the San Diego Final Cut Pro User Group to the San Diego Mac Video Production User Group and I am not going to change it back. The final cut pro name has been destroyed. I used to have 40 to 50 at a meeting. Everyone thought we only did FCPX. I am glad to be rid of the FCP name once any for all.

    PS: It is too late. Did you think everyone was going to wait for 2 years will you work on FCPX beta copy 10.0.? That stock price dropping by 40% make all the difference.

    • Bubba

      And the Chicago Final Cut Pro User Group is now the Chicago Creative Pro User Group. At least you are still giving credit to Apple in your group title.

      Their last meeting was all about Adobe. And it was great.

  • Cindy

    If Apple really wants to make the case for FCP X being a professional editing software program then they must do the following:

    -create a simpler collaborative workflow

    -offer an OMF type option to allow editors to export audio files

    -event sharing for multiple users who want to work on a project at the same time

    -roundtripping options

    -better XML options

    Finally, I confess that I HATE the loss of tracks. I know, I know I am old school and just need to get past it. Guilty as charged. ;-)

    • Mark Brown

      Cindy is spot on. Editing software that cannot fix audio, cannot be shared among collaborative groups, cannot reliably export sound and color for outside sweetening and does not have reliable connectivity to hardware add-ons is simply not professional. FCPX is nothing more than a consumer level editing program, which continues to burp these tiny point.x updates when true professional editing software produces full number upgrades annually. Interesting that Apple has issued 8 updates in the past two years, but not one upGRADE.

  • dbVideo

    I edit everything from wedding videos (I know.. go ahead and slap me) to documentaries and short films. I used FCP 7 until release 6 of FCP X came out. Since then, I have not gone back to FCP 7 (other than to export a file from an old project). FCP X is much faster – and much more stable. I had very few crashes with 7… but I can count the crashes with X on one hand. Apple seems to be true to their word of putting all the features of 7 into X (which they should have done in the beginning, but then we wouldn’t be having this conversation now would we?) and it really has made it a much better product than its predecesors. Now, I’m waiting on Apple to upgrade the MacPro as Tim Cook has promised would happen this year. (external eSata connections, USB 3 support, and Thunderbolt along with firewire)

  • Frank Rohmer

    Media management and workflow in FCPX is not intuitive compared to the industry standard and tradition of broadcast-online editing. Apple was on the right track with FCP 7. It was a mature product that worked right. It was horribly obvious that Apple took iMovie and changed it to FCPX. For years we were told by Apple that iMovie was for the consumer and FCP was for professionals. Why would Apple do this? Did the iPhone and iPad demand more resources from the Final Cut Pro team? We may never know… Have you noticed that there have been no updates to iMovie lately?

  • James

    I actually really like editing all my new footage through FCP X. I like the layout, everything is seemingly condensed and simplified but it’s been pushed to the background so that there is less to interfere with your workflow. Old pro’s switching to Avid (which is, I must admit, marginally more in-depth) and other programs that have been around for a while should take a look at some videos on X and how it works.

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