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Apple Adds Multicam Support (And a Way to Open Final Cut 7 Projects) to Final Cut Pro X

01.31.12 @ 3:59PM Tags : , , , ,

Apple today released an update to the controversial Final Cut Pro X, adding multicam support, advanced chroma keying, media relinking upgrades, and enhanced XML support. There’s also a third party app that — get this — actually allows you to import Final Cut Pro 7 projects. FCPX is now at 10.0.3, and while I’m not sure this will make anyone give up their copy of 7, it’s a step in the right direction (and a significant upgrade for current X users). Here are the details:

Here’s Apple with the new version capabilities:

“In the seven months since launch, the third party ecosystem around Final Cut Pro X has expanded dramatically,” the company said in a statement. “XML-compatible software like DaVinci Resolve and CatDV provide tight integration for tasks such as color correction and media management. The new 7toX app from Intelligent Assistance uses XML to import Final Cut Pro 7 projects into Final Cut Pro X. In addition, some of the industry’s largest visual effects developers, including GenArts and Red Giant, have developed motion graphics plug-ins that take advantage of the speed and real-time preview capabilities of Final Cut Pro X.”

It’s interesting that Apple is relying on a third party application (7toX) instead of building it into their own “Pro” application, but something is better than nothing. Are there any X editors out there getting a hands-on with this new version, or are any 7 editors swayed by these new features?

Link: Apple Final Cut Pro X Software Update 10.0.3 – Apple

[via AppleInsider]

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  • Can someone please confirm this question. If I’m understanding this correctly, will this new update offer the equivalent of what the pluraleyes plug-in did for syncing video with their audio tracks?

    • Yes, this pretty much does what PluralEyes did (syncing cameras that stop and start using audio), except it allows multiple frame rates and multiple frame sizes in a multiclip. PluralEyes does work on FCP X, though I haven’t compared the two since the update to 10.0.3.

      Apple’s version has a much simpler workflow, but PluralEyes may be better for a big job, like syncing up an entire shoot’s worth of clips. Right now their workflow is messy (export, process, import, etc. vs “just do it”.)

      I suspect Singular Software will be updating PluralEyes to directly support the new multicam ASAP, if they can.

      • Thank you Iain for the response.

        I can’t help but suspect that with the pricing of FCP X, the release of an affordable, (FS100 price level) large sensor camera, recording internally to Prores is just around the corner.

        We’ve really come a long way in digital video in the last five years.

        Here’s hoping to NAB!

  • Oh!!! now iMovie X can open projects from FCP 7??? and work with Multicams??? Amaziiiiiing!!!! ;)

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