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Final Cut Pro X: Fast And The Best Multitasking Video Editor

I’m working on two distinct projects right now in Final Cut Pro X, including importing 90 minutes of a speech for a corporate client, allowing FCP X to analize the 1080p30 Sony EX1 footage, rendering the timecode generator I dropped over the primary storyline and export as a 640 x 480 QuickTime for my client. I needed to do some additional work on another project, a short film I produced and directed called Hellevator, written by comic book legend David Michelinie (Iron Man, Superman, Spider-Man). My long-time friend and colleague Jeremiah Hall is taking care of the visual effects and uploading 720p24 clips (the animation QuickTime codec) to DropBox for me to grab.

Editing Hellevator in Final Cut Pro X

So with the first project handling analysis, render  and 480p export, Final Cut Pro X (10.0.4) easily opened Hellevator up, and I was able to quickly replace green screen shots with finished ones. There was no lag, no spinning beach ball of doom, none of that. FCP X handled all the tasks without a problem, and didn’t skip a beat. Plus, broadcast monitoring is still working well with the new Matrox drivers and my MXO2 mini!

Oh, and did I mention that I’m currently cutting on a mid-2011 base model Mac mini with an Intel Core i5 processor (dual-core) running at 2.3 GHz, with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 and 8GB of RAM, along with a FireWire 800 external hard drive, and a Mercury Elite-AL Elite Pro Dual mini RAID from Other World Computing? Now, imagine if I were on a quad-core Intel Core i7 iMac or MacBook Pro? Final Cut Pro X is a true multitasking workhorse. As a long-time Final Cut Pro editor, since 1999, I’ve waited a long time to be able to do this. Also, be sure to check out Final Cut Pro X in Action, which showcases the team behind TNT’s hit show Leverage.

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.4 Improves Broadcast Monitoring, New I/O Drivers From Matrox Are Incredible

With the release of the newest Final Cut Pro X update to ver. 10.0.4, Apple has improved broadcast monitoring, working with manufacturers to get it right. I was able to take the latest I/O drivers from Matrox for a drive, and I gotta say, they’re incredible! I’m a big fan of Matrox’s hardware, and I’ve been waiting patiently for Apple to update FCP X and improve broadcast monitoring, and with it, Matrox is releasing these drivers.

Using an MXO2, video and sound look great on my external monitor — I’m using an LCD at 1920 x 1080. I’m going to work with a colleague who has a full-fleged HD production monitor to do some more tests, but so far, so good. I’ll have a more extensive look soon.

My Review Of The Matrox Thunderbolt Adapter

Matrox has some pretty cool all-in-one devices with their MXO2 line, which can handle video capture, conversion, broadcast monitoring and much more. I’ve had an MXO2 Mini for a couple of years, and used it regularly to capture BetaSP footage in Final Cut Pro 7, with a 17-inch MacBook Pro with an ExpressCard/34 slot. That Mac went away, and since I didn’t have a Mac Pro (with PCI-Express), I couldn’t use the MXO2 anymore. Until Thunderbolt changed everything, the new Apple and Intel technology that allows for blazing fast 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) transfer speeds. With the Matrox Thunderbolt adapter, I can now use my Mac Mini with the MXO2 Mini and capture analog footage, and a whole lot more.

Plus, all of Matrox’s new MXO2 devices feature software that’s optimized for the technology, plus takes advantage of Final Cut Pro X‘s broadcast monitoring (see this press release). Be sure to check out my review at Digital Media Net.