It seems the controversial NLE FCPX has gotten a big update, along side other Apple news. FCPX finally supports RED Camera with native REDCODE RAW editing, and it has finally added a second viewer. Both viewers support video scopes to match action and color in your timeline.
My first impressions of this update means Apple is listing to the post production community and adding features that are needed in order to be competitive within the market. This also hints at a new MacPro coming. Why? Well can you imagine trying to render or edit REDCODE RAW on a MacBook Pro or even iMac? It seems Tim Cook was very serious when he mentioned a new MacPro tower in the works for 2013. What do you think?
FCPX New Features
- Expand multichannel audio files directly in the timeline for precise editing of individual audio channels
- Unified import window for transferring media from both file-based cameras and folders of files
- Redesigned Share interface for exporting projects and range selections to one or more destinations RED camera support with native REDCODE RAW editing and optional background transcode to Apple ProRes
- MXF plug-in support that allows you to work natively with MXF files from import through delivery using third-party plug-ins
- Dual viewers, each with a video scope display, let you compare shots to match action and color
- Option to add chapter markers in the timeline for export to video files, DVD, and Blu-ray disc
- Range selection now preserves start and end points in the Event Browser and allows you to create multiple range selections on a single clip
- Paste attributes window lets you choose specific effects to copy between clips
- Flexible Clip Connections allow you to keep Connected Clips in place when slipping, sliding or moving clips in the Primary Storyline
- Add a freeze frame to your timeline with a single keystroke
- Drop shadow effect with intuitive onscreen controls to adjust position, edge falloff, angle, and more
- New controls for combining audio from multiple angles within a Multicam Clips
- Compound Clip creation in the timeline now saves the clip in the Event Browser for re-use in other projects
- XML 1.2 featuring metadata import and export for richer integration with third-party apps
Over the next few days I will be test driving this new FCPX to see how this update inproves on Apple’s workflow.