Archive for June, 2011

Final Cut Pro X FAQ: Multicam and XML Coming; Information

Apple has released a Final Cut Pro X FAQ, which gives many details and promises some key features, while also explaining why you can’t import FCP 7 (or earlier) projects into FCP X. Highlights:

1. You can’t import FCP 7 projects into FCP X because of the complete re-design. Maybe an XML import will fix that?

2. Multicamera, XML, AAF, OMF and EDL support coming. Multicam will be an Apple update (and I suspect XML, too), but they’re saying third-parties are getting the APIs. For now, and for $500, you can use Automatic Duck.

3. Third-party plug-ins will work, once they’re updated to 64-bit.

4. Apple will update FCP X to support assigned audio tracks for export.

Plus lots more info on media management, Blackmagic and AJA working on drivers to import and export tape (other than DV, DVCPRO SD/HD, HDV — something I’ve done with FCP 5, 6 and 7 and Beta SP via the Matrox MXO 2 mini, same with using a broadcast monitor via the MXO, which Apple discusses), bulk license purchases, exporting audio for Pro Tools (Automatic Duck) and more.

It’s a great read and makes me really want to try Final Cut Pro X even more.

Update: Someone on pointed to another post from Apple, Key Features for Professional Editors. Apple’s listening, and they are serious about FCP X and pro editors.

Information from Apple on importing Sony XDCAM media in FCP X. This is similar to how we were doing it in 07/08, until Sony created a driver/plug-in so you could use FCP 6’s (then FCP 7’s) Log and Transfer. I have a feeling that will happen again soon.

Also, just a reminder that Apple also posted info on all the features in FCP X, along with top features and tech specs. Plus, here’s a list of graphics card support. The minimum is an OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM. That’s the minimum on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and my feeling is you should go one step better on that graphic card, because the next full version of FCP X may not support that bare minimum. It happens with every major update to any Mac software app that depends on a good graphics card, trust me.

Philip Hodgetts posts a theory on updates coming when OS X Lion appears, and could we be getting true monitoring via AirPlay, the Apple TV and an HDTV?!

Final Cut Pro X Training Options

Final Cut Pro X

Here are some free and paid training options for the new Apple Final Cut Pro X, including links to Motion 5 training, as well. You can purchase FCP X here.

Also, I’ve posted a lot of reactions and news about Final Cut Pro X, plus some posts with info from Apple.

My friend and colleague Kevin P. McAuliffe has started putting up free training videos at Creative Cow. I’ll keep updating, but for now, this is what he’s got:

1. Final Cut Pro X – Kicking the Tires – Lesson 1

2. Other lessons from Kevin can be found here.

Ripple Training offers paid courses via iTunes (and it’s affordable):

1. Final Cut Pro X

2. Motion 5

Larry Jordan’s training (it’s cheapest to buy the complete training):

1. Final Cut Pro X training from Larry Jordan.

Michael Wohl, one of the designers behind Final Cut Pro 1.0, has some training videos at (the website requires a paid membership to access free videos):

1. A free quick start guide for members of mPV.

2. More Final Cut Pro X training modules.

Diane Weynand and her team — and Peachpit Press– have Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro X,which is used to train and certify editors.The Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X,plus there’s a book for Final Cut Pro X for iMovie and Final Cut Express Users: Making the Creative Leap.

Message Boards with Final Cut Pro X sections, for resources and help:

1. DVInfo

2. Creative cow

3. DVXUser


5. DMN

Philip Hodgetts, who also has a cool blog.

1. An affordable eBook ($4.95), “Conquering the metadata foundations of Final Cut Pro X.” He wrote this book in a matter of four days, with a few days prior (starting June 13, 2011) to see an advanced look from Apple and time to plan it and incorporate a class he taught on metadata. I think FCP X and metadata are going to be bigger than people realize. It’s also on sale in book form and PDF for $4.95.

2. I linked to this on my other FCP X post, but it’s worth pointing out here, because Philip discusses meta data and how FCP X is based on metadata. Also, Philip Hodgett’s (with a link to general metadata info Seth Godin) “Show Me the Metadata” explains out it works.

Garrett Gibbons:

1. A cool FCP X color correction tutorial on YouTube (via Jan Ozer, who has an interesting step-by-step review of FCP X).


1. London SuperMeet with Larry Jordan! Videos of parts 1 and 2 are here, while you can find parts 3 and 4 here. (Thanks to for posting these up.)


1. Lynda is offering 3 free Final Cut Pro X courses, according to (Those are YouTube videos to check out.)

Not training (though Ripple Training does provide it), but here are 12 free classic generators from Mark Spencer and Ripple Training. Hat tip:

If I’m missing any training guides, user forums or websites, let me know on Twitter, @hmcknight. And a tip of the hat to my friend Ray Sigmond for emailing me some of the links!

Final Cut Pro X Released, Along With Motion 5 And Compressor 4

Final Cut Pro X

Apple released Final Cut Pro X today on the Mac App Store, for only $299. They also released Motion 5 and Compressor 4, though it appears Compressor is very much the same and still 32-bit.

Find out all you need about Final Cut Pro X on Apple’s page, plus Motion and Compressor.

Apple details supported cameras. Plus, here’s my blog post with Apple’s official FAQ, pro features, etc., which includes the addition of multicam editing, XML support, etc.

Apple has added more detail about key features. I think they’re listening. This is probably the start… show more of what it can do, and start adding in missing features, like multicam, XML, etc. Full specs and an in-depth look at the features.

I figured I should put this close to the top… the great Ted Landau has posted a Final Cut Pro X bugs and fixes/troubleshooting guide at Macworld. Ted used to own, before CNet bought it.

Here’s an Final Cut Pro X FAQ from Jon Chappell of Digital Rebellion.

Philip Hodgetts’ own FAQ, including what’s new, what’s still there and what’s missing from FCP X.

My friend and colleague Kevin P. McAuliffe provides a first look and tutorial video on Final Cut Pro X.

Also, check out this IMPORTANT blog by David Pogue from the NY Times (his review is below), explaining where things moved to, what things Apple will fix and third-party options (there are some). He focuses not on knee-jerk reactions, but what’s what, and where it’s at.

Update: Rich Harrington responds to David Pogue’s article.

I think you should read Bill Davis’ article on, since I can’t help but echo what he went through from FCP 1.0 until today.

Studio Daily talks to Apple, details FCP X and hopes to help you decide if upgrading is right for you (at least right now).

I haven’t had a chance to get it yet, so here are some reviews/thoughts/first impressions:

Steve Martin (not the actor)

Jon Chappell

Larry Jordan training and his blog

So far, FxFactory‘s most essential plug-ins do indeed work with FCP X.

USA Today takes a look (video and text).

Missing Features in FCP X

My friend and former colleague Paul Harb (co-editor of Rocky Balboa, Rambo and The Expendables) in this article on USA Today’s site.

MacLife: 10 Best New Features in FCP X.

TUAW has a video preview.

David Pogue’s positive review, NY Times; plus, his negative review of iMovie ’08 (which changed everything iMovie users knew and were accustomed to, much like Apple did with FCP X from FCP 1-7). Hat tip: Jon Chappell/Digital Rebellion on Twitter, and then re-tweeting someone else linking to the old iMovie ’08 review.

Final Cut Pro versions 1-7 used QuickTime; FCP X uses AV Foundation. From February 2011, what’s Apple doing with QuickTime? Hat tip: My friends at DVInfo (Craig S.)!

Daring Fireball weighs in, and makes good points, likening it to the transition from OS 9 to Mac OS X.

New FCP X updates, features and missing items added every 6 months??

Walter Biscardi’s review, and he’s saying goodbye (for now) after 10 years of FCP use.

And now the Conan O’Brien Show is making fun of it… Hat tip: Jon C. of Digital Rebellion

Former video editor and current Macworld editor Serentiy Caldwell makes sense with her article on why Apple needed to update FCP X.

Josh Mellicker weighs in, which is important to read since he was one of the first people to beta test, create the first FCP training video (which I used to learn FCP 1.0 in 1999/2000), and basically was at the start of the Final Cut Pro revolution.

Red Giant Software (Magic Bullet, etc.) announces support for Final Cut Pro X, including free updates for current FCP users! This is a big deal, because RGS is one of the biggest third-party app developers for FCP and other major NLEs and graphics/animation programs. I use Red Giant Software’s tools quite a bit.

Once the anti-FCP X, anti-Apple rhetoric (and it was getting pretty silly, huh?) slows down, some users are trying it out and liking it a little.

Movie news website /Film weighs in.

Michael Wohl, one of the original designers of Final Cut Pro weighs in, too.

Larry Jordan backtracks a little bit. Well, that might not be the best word, but that’s what someone said recently.

Jeffery Harrell talks.

Macworld’s review by Gary Adcock.

Art of the Guillotine’s review (part 2 is linked near the bottom of the page).

Boris FX is committed to supporting FCP X. I use Boris FX often.

Evidence of XML in Final Cut Pro X found in the code?

Philip Hodgetts (and Seth Godin), “Show me the Metadata.”

Philip Hodgetts discussed, in late May 2011, why Apple based Final Cut Pro X on Metadata.

Requiem for Color, which I really wish Apple would’ve given it a better UI, seriously. Otherwise, powerful color correction/grading software. Here’s my review of 1.0 from August 2007.

SmartSound is working on plug-in support for FCP X.

A whole ton of links to FCP X sites, info and more.

Macworld reviews Motion 5.

Big tip of the hat to my pal Ray Sigmond for many of these links! I’m glad he’s sending me stuff as the week ends (June 24, 2011), because cooler heads are prevailing, and people are finding true positives and negatives about FCP X. Positives are slowly outweighing negatives.

More soon, especially as soon as I get my hands on a copy.