Final Cut Pro X Focus Directors

It’s no secret that Final Cut Pro X, the overhauled follow up to Apple’s widely used video editing software, wasn’t exactly a hit with its users when the app was first released in 2011.

A comprehensive change in the way the software functioned and a lack of legacy features from the prior version gave the app a reputation for being “iMovie Pro” rather than a true professional desktop video editor. Soon after its launch, Apple addressed the flood of criticism with an FAQ site and a promise that more features would slowly become available in the new version.

Nearly four years later, the first Hollywood film edited in Final Cut Pro X is set to be released. To showcase the movie debut and FCPX’s role in the film, Apple has launched a microsite detailing the production.

The movie entitled Focus (trailer above) stars Will Smith and is set to be released this Friday. From the USA Today:

Focus directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa choose Final Cut for a simple reason: “We wanted to do the edit in a way that was quicker,” says Ficarra.

The move produced “a lot of eye rolling and sympathetic prayers,” he adds. But the negativity about FCPX was based on “old information,” and not informed, he says.

The report notes that the directors used a combination of iMacs, Mac Pros, and MacBook Pros to edit the film in addition to two plug-ins: Sync-N-Link X, a $199 plug-in for syncing audio with video, and SliceX, a $99 plug-in for stabilizing footage.


Perhaps more surprising than Focus being edited in Final Cut Pro X, Apple’s $299 video production app, is that it took almost four years for a first Hollywood film to be edited with the software. You can read more about the Glenn Ficarra’s and John Requa’s experience with using Final Cut Pro X to edit a Hollywood film from Apple’s Final Cut Pro X ‘In Action’ site, and let us know in the comments what your experience with the professional video editing app has been.

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Zac Hall

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