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Apple Adds XML Interchange* to Final Cut Pro X with First Update

09.20.11 @ 11:56PM Tags : , , , ,

XML import/export has finally made its way to Final Cut Pro X in a 10.0.1 update Apple released today. This brings, yes, a form of backwards compatibility for Final Cut Pro 7 users, as one can now import and export rich XML files from FCPX. Unfortuantely — and I initially misunderstood this — “rich XML” does NOT work with Final Cut Pro 7 (more on this after the jump)! But also among the new features are GPU-accelerated export rendering (as opposed to just playback), Xsan support, and a camera import SDK (to allow developers to write plugins for specific cameras). Apple’s Richard Townhill, senior director of applications product marketing said of the release:

“We’re making good on our promise that we’re absolutely committed to our core group of professional users. The fact that we’re able to deliver these key improvements — the most requested from our pro editors — so quickly, through the incredible infrastructure of the Mac App Store, just goes to show that we are committed to making this application deliver on what we promised.”

However, “rich” XML does not work with FCP7, apparently. I’d originally included this quote only to misinterpret a different article. Here’s the deal, from Studio Daily:

That XML data will also be the way to access older projects in legacy versions of Final Cut Pro. But nothing is built into this update to let you do that, and Apple will continue to rely on developers to provide the bridge. If you already use an asset manager like CatDV that supports both Final Cut Pro 7 XML and Final Cut Pro X XML, you can do that now. We’ll be talking to more of them shortly, including AJA’s John Thorne, to get a better sense of that XML roadmap. At this writing, however, you can now export rough cuts to DaVinci Resolve, and Resolve’s Lite version will very shortly have XML import built right in. Resolve can then export back those full color-corrected files into FCPX.

More thoughts from Larry Jordan and on the Videoguys blog. And if XML isn’t enough to fill in the gaps for you (still coming in 2012: multicam and better output monitoring), check out Adobe’s 50% offer.

Link: Final Cut Pro X Software Update – Apple

[via Videoguys]


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  • Worth mentioning, this doesn’t bring backward compatibility for FCP7 users. The form of XML used by FCPx is rich XML which seems to be supported by just about nothing at the moment. Even in their own documentation, Apple mention only being able to export XML to other yet-to-be-released apps, and no word on being able to import XML from anything. Word is that Philip Hodgetts is about to release a partner app that might improve this situation, but no details have been released yet.

  • Can someone help me out? I have FCP X but can’t find out how to download it. The link Koo gave is the only one I’ve been able to find but it just has a ‘buy’ button.

  • any news about curves?

  • Has anyone heard mention of bringing the viewer back? I think all the other features we want will be added back soon enough, but no mention of this at all. It’s seriously the one thing that will prevent me from using even if all the other promises are kept.

    • Don’t hold your breath. It would seem that Apple has ditched the viewer permanently due to their new editing paradigm.

  • If your mac does not have the supporting graphics card, the app will figure that out and not show you the buy button.

  • Has there been any word on when, or if, we’ll able to do a full audio mix in FCPX?

  • This update is SHIT!

    I have been using FCP X 10 since it was available and cannot install this 10.1 update because my Mac Pro graphic card is not supported.

    This means I will never ever be able to update FCPX.

    • That’s unbelievably terrible. What card do you have?

    • Marc Morola on 09.23.11 @ 8:12PM

      Or if you have another supported mac, download it on that and copy the Application across. It will ask for your Apple ID when you launch it.

    • Are you sure it’s your card? I had to, for some reason, move my FCP 10.0 to the trash, and then go to the App Store to install the new version under Purchased apps. Then it worked fine.

  • Try trashing the old fcp, and then install the new fcp from appstore you dont have to pay again