December 20, 2011
by Apple Insider, Slash Lane
Far before Steve Jobs died there was already a Final Cut Pro 8 version developed. Steve wanted an innovative revolutionary version and not a further evaluated version. Then the designers were send back to the drawing board and had to find an innovative version which became FCP X. This development has cost Apple a lot of money and market share in the NLE edit business. According film maker Richard Harrington they said: “There was a Final Cut 8 and it was 64bit and it was done and they looked at it and said ‘This is not what we want to do, this is evolutionary, this is not revolutionary’ and they killed it.”
According the latest rumor they will be picking up FCP8 now again! Are there any insiders who can confirm this?
Apple may have canceled production of an “evolutionary” 64-bit Final Cut Pro 8 update in favor of what it viewed as a “revolutionary” update with what eventually became the controversial Final Cut Pro X [updated].
Richard Harrington, founder of RHED Pixel, said in a recent talk that Apple killed production of a 64-bit Final Cut Pro 8 after officials with the company were not satisfied with what they saw. Harrington’s comments, discovered by fcp.co and highlighted by Cult of Mac, were made in reference to American University’s decision to train its students in Final Cut Pro X.
“There was a Final Cut Pro 8, and it was 64-bit and it was done,” Harrington said. “And they looked at it and said, ‘This is not what we want to do. This is evolutionary, this is not revolutionary.’ And they killed it.”
Update: Harrington later provided clarification via Twitter, saying he did not hear the information first-hand, but rather that it was simply a rumor passed along with an off-hand comment.
“Comment was misunderstood,” he wrote. “I just heard efforts were well underway then killed.”
The video has since been pulled from the Web. But if the rumor is accurate, it’s an indication that Apple originally considered following along the same path as Final Cut Pro 7, before it decided to take its professional video editing software in an entirely new direction.
Those considerable changes made in Final Cut Pro X rubbed many video professionals the wrong way when the new $299 software was released this June. Apple also worked quickly to release an update for Final Cut Pro X to add some of the most requested features, like Xsan and Rich XML support.
Apple has also promised that it will add multicam editing and broadcast-quality video monitoring to Final Cut Pro X in early 2012. The software has also been made available for a 30-day free trial to let professionals try before they buy.
The changes in Final Cut Pro X caused a significant controversy in the video editing and production business. The attention became so great that even comedian Conan O’Brien had a bit on his show poking fun at the new software.
Apple also responded to customer dissatisfaction by offering refunds, and the company even offered some customers the ability to buy the previous generation Final Cut Pro Studio with Final Cut Pro 7 for $999. Sales of Final Cut Pro Studio were made available only over the phone, and were said to be in “limited quantity” for customers who needed the older software for ongoing projects.
AppleInsider first reported in May of 2010 that Apple was scaling Final Cut Studio applications with a significant makeover that would better target Apple’s mainstream “prosumer” customer base, rather than high-end professionals. After the public release of Final Cut Pro X, some in video editing circles began to deride the software with the name “iMovie Pro,” referring to Apple’s consumer-oriented video editing software, iMovie.
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December 17, 2011
by Singular Software
Announcing: PluralEyes for FCP X Beta
World’s best automatic sync now available for Final Cut Pro X
This is the release you have been asking for! PluralEyes v2.1 (beta) now supports Final Cut Pro X. Syncing multi-camera and dual-system audio projects has never been easier now that the widely used and much-loved PluralEyes works with FCP X.
Download the free beta here.
Want to know more? Watch the video here.
PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro 2.1.1 (6168)
This is a beta release of PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro, with support for Final Cut Pro X.
OS X 10.5.8 or later
Final Cut Pro 6.0.6, 7.0.3 or 10.0.2
- This will be a free update for all current customers of PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro.
- This is a beta release. Some features may be missing and there will be bugs. We look forward to getting your feedback about both.
- The beta will overwrite the currently released version of PluralEyes for Final Cut Pro, but it is fully compatible with all the features and license, etc. of the non-beta version. You can revert to the non-beta version at any time by downloading the latest trial of the non-beta version. If you really want to have them running side-by-side, you could rename one before installing the other.
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September 9, 2011
By Josh Ong, AppleInsider
Adobe announced 45 percent growth year over year for its video creation tools on the Mac on Thursday, driven in part by switchers dissatisfied with Apple’s controversial Final Cut Pro X.
The software company saw 22 percent growth in demand for its video editing software across all platforms, as noted by The Loop. Adobe attributed some of the Mac-specific growth to significant numbers of Final Cut Pro X users who have switched to the company’s Premier Pro.
Apple released Final Cut Pro X on the Mac App Store in June, receiving an instantly polarized reaction from consumers and professionals. Though some have praised the update for bringing revolutionary advancements to the video editing platform, others have criticized it for its lack of backwards compatibility and missing features.
As complaints over Final Cut Pro X grew this summer, Adobe began an aggressive push to attract customers to its Premiere Pro software. The company even launched a “switcher program” that offered a 50 percent discount to users who had previously purchased Final Cut Pro or Avid Media composer.
Adobe has setup a dedicated website with information for interested switchers. The site’s tagline “You’re a pro. Make sure your toolset is too,” appears to be a dig at Final Cut Pro X, which has been accused by some industry professionals as not being a “pro” application.
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December 7, 2010
by Larry Jordan
Larry Jordan, digital media analyst and world-renowned Final Cut Studio expert and teacher, just released the December edition of his free monthly Final Cut Studio newsletter. Published each month for the last six years, each issue is packed with valuable techniques, tips, product reviews, responses to reader questions and the latest industry news. Containing 40 pages, the December issue is designed to help editors get the most out of Final Cut.
“One of the things that makes my newsletter really fun for me,” said Larry Jordan, “is the dialog that we have with our readers in the pages of the newsletter. Readers add their ideas and workarounds, correct each other, and bring a whole new level of content to each issue. Reader Mail has been a part of the newsletter since the beginning. Now, we are incorporating comments from our friends on Facebook and Twitter as well.”
One of the most popular articles in this month’s issue is, “The World-Famous Unknown Thingy,” which describes a specific button inside the application that, it seems, everyone wonders about and no one understands.
Each issue is free, but subscriptions are encouraged (http://www.larryjordan.biz/newsletters).
The written techniques and tutorials in Larry Jordan’s free monthly Final Cut Newsletter are supplemented by videos posted to his YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/LarryJordanFCP) and his weekly live online webinars (http://www.larryjordan.biz/webinars), providing on-going training on the latest technology surrounding Final Cut Studio.
Lead Stories from the December Issue include:
- Technique: Nailing Down Final Cut Pro’s Anchor Point
- Technique: Create a Reflection in Motion 4
- Technique: Creating Text with Cast Shadows Using Title 3D
- A Facebook Conversation
- Showcase Your Best Work on the Digital Production Buzz
- Technique: Converting Audio Files for Final Cut Pro
- Explaining the World-Famous Unknown Thingy
Reader mail is culled from hundreds of emails that Jordan receives each month and includes the following topics:
- Questions From Facebook
- Locking A QuickTime Movie
- Two Audio Questions
- Converting 4:3 to 16:9
- A Differing Opinion On Exporting
- Targeting Tracks
- Transition Trick
- Tracking Down A Render File
- Fixing A Problem With Canon 5D Images
- A Simple Question
- Improving Export Image Quality
- Picking The Right Codec
- A Question on Timecode
- Creating A Stereoscopic 3D Effect In Motion