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Apple releases Final Cut Pro X video editing software

By dpreview staff on Jun 21, 2011 at 18:34 GMT

Apple has announced Final Cut Pro X, the latest version of its popular high-end video editing software. Final Cut Pro X features a trackless canvas, that Apple is calling a 'Magnetic Timeline' for flexible arranging and editing of clips. It's also possible to 'audition' different combinations of clips to make it easier to choose between multiple takes. The software also features improved tagging (including auto-analysis of clips) to make it easier to manage and locate the clips you want to use. Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac App Store for $299/£179.

Press Release:

Apple Revolutionises Video Editing With Final Cut Pro X

CUPERTINO, California—June 21, 2011—Apple today announced Final Cut Pro X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorises your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac App Store for £179.99.

“Final Cut Pro X is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We have shown it to many of the world’s best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped.”

“I’m blown away by what Apple has done with Final Cut Pro,” said Angus Wall, Academy Award-winning film editor. “Final Cut Pro X is incredibly modern and fast, but most importantly it lets you focus on telling your story in the most creative way, while it actively manages all of the technical details.”

At the heart of Final Cut Pro X is the Magnetic Timeline, a trackless approach to editing your footage that lets you add and arrange clips wherever you want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way. You can use Clip Connections to link primary story clips to other elements like titles and sound effects, so they stay in perfect sync when you move them. You can even combine related story elements into a Compound Clip that can be edited as a single clip. The groundbreaking new Auditions feature lets you swap between a collection of clips to instantly compare alternate takes.

Content Auto-Analysis scans your media on import and tags your content with useful information. Final Cut Pro X then uses that information to dynamically organise your clips into Smart Collections, so you can easily find the clips you want by close up, medium and wide shots as well as media type and the number of people in the shot. You can also tag parts of clips with Range-based keywords to add custom search criteria to your media.

Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Final Cut Pro X is a 64-bit app that takes full advantage of the latest Mac hardware and software so you never have to wait for the next edit, even if you’re working with 4K video. Final Cut Pro X uses multi-threaded processing and the GPU on your graphics card for blazing fast background rendering and superb real-time playback performance. Additionally, a ColorSync-managed color pipeline ensures color consistency from import to output. 

Final Cut Pro X also includes powerful tools for audio editing and color correction, and is complemented by two companion apps, Motion 5 for professional motion graphics and Compressor 4 for advanced media encoding, available from the Mac App Store for £29.99 each.

Pricing & Availability 
Final Cut Pro X is available today for £179.99 from the Mac App Store. Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are available today for £29.99 each from the Mac App Store. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Pro X can be found at

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Total comments: 12
By lemon55 (Jun 30, 2011)

Hmm, great, nice update! And maybe it's cool to edit my AVCHD videos, however, maybe still need my iFunia AVCHD converter to do the converting, don't know the output presets :?

By sagebrushfire (Jun 29, 2011)

It's probably pretty good but I already know After Effects and Premiere very well so it doesn't seem worth it to learn a whole new program (since I've never used FCP) unless it's just going to exponentially increase productivity.

I could have done without the bit of Apple Zealotry at the bottom. Frivolous drivel and not very impressive. There are shameless plugs and then there's unnecessary nonsense.

By Buchan-Grant (Jun 24, 2011)

A lot of folk have slagged it off but it will probably do me just fine, if I ever get around to actually making a video:-)

By yuribel (Jun 23, 2011)

Upgrade of iMovie to professional level. Really good for broadcasting, especially for news reels. Fast and easy!

But for any kind of film/video production it's an obvious downgrade.

1 upvote
Jasper D
By Jasper D (Jun 22, 2011)

The multi proc rendering is a good plus but not getting to open FCP7 projects in FCPX is a problem.

By Sarge_ (Jun 22, 2011)

AVCHD or it doesn't matter, Apple. (and I'm an Aperture/Mac user)

By Desifinado (Jun 23, 2011)

Spec says it edits AVCHD natively, though why anyone would want to edit in that hateful format when ProRes is available, is beyond me.

By drakkar (Jun 22, 2011)

Very interesting. Final Cut X focusing go from post editing video to directly editing, and re arrange the pre and post takes, in fact, THIS is the big step.
Apparently left to the director explode his imagination.
And at $299 its very accesible!
Very interesting really...

By Osiris30 (Jun 22, 2011)

So if you're carrying video only news, isn't it maybe time for a video forum?

Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (Jun 22, 2011)

Watch this space!

By zhanknight (Jun 22, 2011)

I sure hop eso.

Mark Boreham
By Mark Boreham (Jun 24, 2011)

My thoughts exactly.

Total comments: 12