A significant update, Final Cut Pro X version 10.0.3 appeases to pro editors with two new features: Multicam editing – which automatically syncs up to 64 angles of video and photos – and broadcast monitoring. The software also advances XML 1.1 support for better plug-in compatibility, it supports media relinking and boasts enhanced chroma keying with edge quality, light wrap and color sampling. Also important, users can finally import layered Photoshop files.
I do like the look of how they've handled the updated multicam and the addition of a built-in PluralEyes sort of deal is a good thing. It's nice to see them actually moving forward with things I might be interested in using ... but alas they still have a long way to come to make the pro market happy again, if they ever even want to or can.
From my perspective--using FCP7 for now on an aging Mac Pro--it's hard to consider Apple for software or hardware at this point. After the initial shock of having FCP "destroyed" wore off I remembered that I've cut plenty of things on MC over the years. With the discounts and the increased (frantic?) competition between the 4 A's I've got more choice than ever.
And as far as the hardware goes, Apple is a less than attractive option for software if only because FCPX isn't cross platform like the others. Actually, I don't know if Autodesk Smoke is a cross-platform license like Adobe & AVID. At $15,000 per seat, I guess it doesn't matter much, either.
An appropriately spec'd Windows editing machine may be in my future. I guess I'll probably have to keep a FCP7 or FCPX capable Mac around for the sake of compatibility.
My beefs with the software continue to be kind of specific...no viewer window, no MXF support, no roundtripping with Motion. Yep, multicam is great. Yep, better XML support is good. Looks like the software designers kind of "get it." Too bad the marketing people didn't.
I read something interesting today. It went something like;
" The one thing they can't fix with an update is trust".
The one thing they can't add back with an update is trust.
They threw out a tool relied upon by professionals without warning. All of the sudden post houses built on Apple and FC7 could not grow. After that you would be crazy to get back in bed with Apple without a backup plan.
This update is a good start but they have a lot of work to do.
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Last edited by Ottawaman; Jan 31st, 2012 at 07:09 PM.