Final Cut Pro X Overview Updated November 20, 2018

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Final Cut Pro X is a non-linear trackless video editing application (NLE) created by Apple for the Mac. The original version of Final Cut Pro X was first released back in June 2011, and is available on the Mac App Store.

Final Cut Pro X is the successor to Final Cut Pro 7, a widely popular video editing application used by a wide variety of persons, including industry professionals and studios. Final Cut Pro X was very controversial when first released due to the fact that Apple essentially started with a clean slate, and rebuilt the app from the ground up for 64-bit machines. As such, many of the features deemed necessary by professionals were dropped for the initial releases.

Apple has since provided iterative updates to reinsert key features that were missing from the inaugural release. The current version of Final Cut Pro X is version 10.2.3.

Final Cut Pro X features a trackless magnetic timeline that allows clips to automatically slide into position. Users can thus edit footage in a storyline without knocking any other clips or audio out of place at other points on the timeline.

Final Cut Pro X supports Multicam footage, compound clips, and keyword management. All libraries, projects and events are organized in a logical structure that makes data management easy. Final Cut Pro X is well-known for its ability to scale between small underpowered machines as well as high-powered machines like the Mac Pro. Its implementation of proxy media and support for Intel’s Quick Sync Video, make it particularly attractive for MacBook users.

The great thing about Final Cut Pro X is that it’s a one-time purchase. Unlike competing apps like Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Composer, which both charge monthly or yearly subscription fees, Final Cut Pro X can be purchased for a one-time fee of $299. While the upfront cost may seem substantial, it will save most users a significant amount of money over the long term, as every update since its initial release over five years ago has been free.

Apple also offers a free 30-day trial of Final Cut Pro X on its website.

Final Cut Pro X Stories November 20

Pro customers are Apple’s most loyal audience. It’s easy to be an iPhone or iPad enthusiast. Regular software updates are practically guaranteed, and year-over-year hardware improvements are dramatic. It’s been much harder to remain optimistic in the pro market. Software changes can make or break productivity, and hardware has, at times, felt neglected and forgotten. For pro customers, this year’s Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit in Cupertino proved that loyalty isn’t without reward.

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Final Cut Pro X Stories November 16

In cooperation with the 4th annual FCPX Creative Summit in Cupertino, Apple today showed off its latest updates to Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor. The new software was demoed on the latest pro hardware from both Apple and third-party vendors.

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Apple warns users about macOS legacy media support in latest Final Cut Pro X release

Apple released a major Final Cut Pro X update yesterday with support for third-party workflow extensions, batch sharing, and more. Along with the new features, Apple is also warning users about legacy media support with future versions of macOS.

Final Cut Pro X Stories November 15

Apple has released a major update to its video editing software for professionals with Final Cut Pro X version 10.4.4. The latest version includes support for third-party workflow extensions for the first time with support from  Frame.io, Shutterstock and CatDV at launch. Final Cut Pro X also adds batch sharing, noise reduction, and comparison viewer features in the latest update. Motion 5.4.2 and Compressor 4.4.2 are also available as new versions today.

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Final Cut Pro X Stories September 20

Final Cut Pro X has arguably been one of the most important pieces of software ever created, putting professional video editing tools into the hands of aspiring film-makers for a relatively affordable price.

Film editor Bradley Olsen decided last year it was time to tell the story, crowdfunding a movie about the app. That movie – Off The Tracks – is now available on iTunes, and if you are quick and can get to New York, you could snag free tickets to the premiere next month …

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Final Cut Pro X Stories August 13

Hear me out here, because on the face of it, what I’m going to propose might not seem like a natural fit for Apple. Especially as Apple’s attempts to create social network type products haven’t exactly been a great success.

There was Ping, which never really took off in the first place, failing to grow much beyond the roughly 1M users it had at launch, and which was soon drowning in spam and scams.

And there’s Apple Music Connect. Arguably, the jury is still out on that one, but I think it’s fair to say that it hasn’t taken the music world by storm …

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