Major Final Cut Pro X update brings multicam editing


31 Jan 2012

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Apple has updated its professional video-editing software Final Cut Pro X to v10.0.3, which includes multicam editing that syncs up to 64 angles and a beta of broadcast monitoring supporting Thunderbolt devices and PCIe cards.

The new version of Final Cut Pro launched seven months ago but met criticism from video editors due to the absence of a number of features and being unable to open Final Cut Pro 7 projects in the new version. This new update addresses some of these criticisms, including multicam editing and more advanced chroma keying.

The update lets Final Cut Pro X automatically sync clips using audio waveforms, time and date or timecode to create a multicam clip with up to 64 angles of video. It can include mixed formats, frame sizes and frame rates.

It includes an angle editor to make precise adjustments to the multicam clip and an angle viewer to play back multiple angles at once and cut between them.

It also includes more advanced controls to the chroma key, such as colour sampling, edge adjustment and light wrap.

Apple also pointed out the expansion of its third-party ecosystem, such as the 7toX app from Intelligent Assistance, which uses XML to import Final Cut Pro 7 projects to Final Cut Pro X – a major concern for many video editors. It also highlighted third-party motion graphics plugins from GenArts and Red Giant to enhance the programme.

Broadcast monitoring has been introduced as a beta to Final Cut Pro X, letting editors connect to waveform displays, vectorscopes and calibrated, high quality monitors to allow projects to meet broadcast specifications. It also supports monitoring of video and audio through Thunderbolt I/O devices and third-party PCIe cards.

Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3 is available for free to existing Final Cut Pro X users or for €239.99 to new users from the Mac App Store.