Apple previews Final Cut Pro X – arriving in June for $299

Apple previews Final Cut Pro X – arriving in June for $299

Apple revealed the new version of Final Cut Pro, dubbed “Final Cut Pro X”, at the FCP User Group SuperMeet in NAB Tuesday night.

Here’s some creative video of the event:

and a better video of the demo only:

The editing software has been rewritten from scratch, here are the high points:

  • 64-bit, with OpenCL support
  • Uses Grand Central Dispatch to utilize all cores
  • Editing during import
  • Ingested media ready for editing immediately
  • stabilization, audio and shutter correction, shot detection and preliminary color balancing automatically applied during ingest
  • Scalable rendering
  • Color-managed based on colorsync
  • Resolution-independent playback system up to 4K formats
  • Background rendering built into application.
  • Media editing during ingest
  • Image stabilization – it “deals with rolling shutter on the way in.”
  • Ability to detect people
  • Shot detection, can detect medium shots, close-ups, etc. during import
  • Non-destructive color balance as media is being ingested.
  • Audio clean-up, with options to eliminate hum or rumble during import
  • New UI (screenshots forthcoming) with “magnetic timeline” and new clip sync method
  • Timecode-based keywording within clips
  • Auto-syncing clips via audio waveform analysis
  • Automated color-matching between clips
  • Clip connections
  • Smart collection feature, which categorizes media based on type, number of people in a shot and framing
  • Compound clips allow multiple clips to be combined into a single clip
  • Non-destructive auditioning feature allows users to compare edits and effects

For a play-by-play of the demo, click here.

Here are some handheld videos of the entire preso, shot on an iPad2:

Part 1

Intro, Market Analysis and FCP X Overview, where its come from, industry user base and competition.

Part 2

Ingest, Keywording and Magnetic Timeline

Part 3

DEMO: Keywording and Magnetic Timeline

Part 4

DEMO: Magnetic Timeline

Part 5

DEMO: Color, Rendering, Auditioning

Some good screenshots here.

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