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Final Cut Pro X


Final Cut Pro combines unmatched scalability, precision editing tools and seamless workflow in one high-performance, comprehensive application. Now supporting DVCPRO HD capture and output over FireWire in addition to HD-SDI capture over PCI, Final Cut Pro HD works with the widest range of input formats available. Edit AVCHD!

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File size:2800MB
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  Latest version

10.3 (October 27, 2016)

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What's New in Version 10.3
New Interface
Redesigned dark interface puts the focus on your video
Configure window layouts into custom workspaces for tasks like organizing and color grading
Fill a second display with the timeline or hide the timeline completely
Expand the Inspector to full-screen height

Magnetic Timeline 2
Color coding of clips based on roles such as dialogue, music, and effects lets you understand your project at a glance
Create, assign, and customize the colors of roles to identify different types of audio and video clips
Enhanced Timeline Index lets you drag and drop audio roles to rearrange the layout of your timeline
Focus button in the Timeline Index lets you highlight specific audio roles and collapse all others
Show Audio Lanes button in the Timeline Index displays a structured timeline layout with dedicated spaces for each audio role
Add audio effects and keyframe audio volume changes to an entire role within a Compound Clip
iXML support enables automatic creation and assignment of roles based on metadata from an audio field recorder
Create and manage a unique set of roles for each Final Cut Pro library

Wide Color
Images are now viewable in wide color on supported Mac computers and external displays
Import, edit, and deliver video in standard Rec. 601 and Rec. 709 color spaces, or in wide Rec. 2020 color space
Configure color spaces for both libraries and projects
Log footage from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras, as well as RED RAW footage, can be manipulated in real time while preserving wider color
Range check overlay in the viewer highlights areas out of the standard RGB range
Video scopes display wide color in real time

More Video Formats
MXF-wrapped Apple ProRes provides a flexible new format for broadcast delivery
MXF master file export uses audio roles to configure industry-standard channel layouts
Support for Canon Log2/Cinema Gamut and Panasonic V-Log
Support for Sony XAVC-L at 4K for the Sony PXW-FS7 and PXW-X70 cameras
Playback support for Panasonic AVC-Intra LT
Export AVC-Intra files

Additional Features
Flow transition seamlessly merges jump cuts to remove pauses or mistakes in on-camera interviews
Remove Effects and Remove Attributes commands let you delete specific effects from clips
SMB 3 network support enables library access on network-attached storage devices
Timecode effect displays clip name and source clip timecode in the Viewer and in exported files
Copy and paste timecode to speed up numerical entry from text documents
Consolidate custom Motion projects into individual Final Cut Pro libraries
Option for continuous playback of clips in the Browser
Search custom metadata in the Browser and Timeline
Search Timeline Index for Auditions, Compound clips, Multicam clips, and Synchronized clips
Ability to roll trim on adjacent anchored clips
Larger Media and Content browsers provide more space for viewing photo libraries, sound effects, music, titles, and generators
Skim and select ranges of audio files in the Music and Sound Effects browser
Use a Thunderbolt cable for direct A/V output to an external display, without the need for a separate I/O device
XML 1.6 supports role-based audio components for Magnetic Timeline 2
Enhanced XML support lets you import projects and clips into existing events
Ability to drag and drop clips, projects, and events as XML with supported applications
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Guides and How to's

How to capture video with Final Cut Pro on a Mac - Read
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Acronyms / Also Known As

Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, FCP, Final Cut Express, FCPX, Apple Final Cut Pro

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While I wouldn't go so far as to say it's "the standard by which all others are judged" (because, 8 years after I bought my first copy of FCP, I STILL compare it to Avid Media Composer...), FCP is a tremendously impressive, easy to use program that will allow any professional editor to shine, without getting in the way (for the most part). may be seeing some reservations, and you would be right.

-I ABSOLUTELY HATE the grey-on-gray interface, with it's tiny window headers, puny type, and windows (especially the viewer window) which don't resize properly or consistently.

-It loses render files like nobody's business. Not so bad on my little local system, but a major pain in the patoot on the Xsan-based networked systems I work on.

-Apple is a little slow to implement support for newer compressed formats of video (anyone remember version 5, HDV and the Apple Intermediate Codec?), expecially when compared to the format-agnostic leanings of, say, Vegas.

-the keyframing interface can be balky, frustrating and downright difficult to use when you're tired and it's late in the session...those little black diamonds just don't effing go where you want them

-and who in god's green earth decided that the "Center" function shouldn't have a "smooth" keyframe mode accesible from the keyframe window, but instead, from the Browser window, and only when you have the wireframe view mode turned on? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

-needs to be restarted, and/or have prefs tossed, far too often. NEVER have to do this on any Avid I've worked on (and I've worked on plenty, both PC and Mac).

That being said, FCP is definitely the biggest bang for the buck out there...I've made a business using this software!

Posted March 24, 2008 by mikejaz2. Tool version 5.1.4 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Final Cut Pro has been the standard by which all video editors are compared. I've switched platforms from a PC using Adobe Premiere to Mac's OS X using Final Cut Express HD. Compared to Premiere, Final Cut is blazingly fast and has a superior interface. Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express HD have a near identical interface. Express is less than 1/3 the price of Pro and with some careful shopping around you can find it for 1/10th the price. With the cheaper Express version ($300 msrp/$170 street) you will loose some advanced video editing features and Apple's mpeg encoder - stuff I never use anyway. Apple's mpeg encoder (bundled with "Pro") has been a problem for many and those who have it tend not to use it. Save yourself some money and buy Express and an mpeg2 encoder which supports Apple's codec. I have been using TMPGEnc (running under Parallels) to encode for DVD after editing on the Mac with excellent results. Multi-track and single-track editing can be mixed and rendering is faster and easier.

Posted January 22, 2007 by hbutz. Tool version Express HD 3.51 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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