Apple reveals Final Cut Pro X

13 Apr 2011

Apple has unveiled the latest version of its professional video editing software Final Cut Pro, which has been completely rebuilt.

The new FCP was announced at NAB 2011 in Las Vegas. According to Apple, Final Cut Pro X is as “revolutionary as the first version of FCP when introduced in 1999.”

The new Final Cut Pro has been built from scratch and is entirely 64-bit. It has a strong focus on image quality, utilising up to eight cores and has a resolution-independent timeline up to 4K for scalable rendering. FCP X instantly renders in the background, which doesn’t affect editing and has instant colour matching.

FCP X lets users edit while importing files and includes features such as people detection, image stabilisation, non-destructive colour balancing, audio cleanup and shot detection while it does so.

The program has new categorising features. Users can now select ranges within their video clips and apply keywords to them. They can also categorise items, such as audio, stills, the number of people in a shot and how the shots are framed.

It includes a magnetic timeline, meaning if a user moves a clip down the timeline, long clips won’t collide with other clips, as they will drop down to a new track, thus nothing is pushed out of sync. Colour correction is also built into the timeline.

Final Cut Pro X will be available from the Mac App Store for US$299.