Here's the thing: if you're a video editor, there's a very good chance you were less than pleased with the initial launch of Final Cut Pro X. A large portion of complaints focused on missing features, in comparison to Final Cut Pro 7. Today, Apple has once again updated the software with free improvements, and will now launch a marketing campaign targeting professional Mac users.
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I am running Final Cut Pro 7 on Snow Leopard, and was thinking about moving to OS X Lion. I don’t want to move to Final Cut Pro X, but am concerned about Final Cut Pro 7 compatibility in Lion. I fear that I will eventually have to upgrade due to iOS device–syncing requirements. What should I do?
Upgrading a file from one version to another has always been a crucial aspect of any application update—until Final Cut Pro X came on the scene, that is. This latest version was so different that there was no way to import your old Final Cut Pro 7 projects into it. The fact that migrating from iMovie was well integrated merely rubbed salt into this wound.
When Apple released Final Cut Pro X back in June 2011, it caused a furor. This wasn’t the Final Cut Pro that veteran users had grown to love, that had revolutionized the industry, taking both the independents and the major studios by storm. This was something totally different, and given how many features had vanished, many thought it certainly didn’t deserve its “pro” moniker.
Despite hyperbolic headlines claiming video editors are abandoning Apple’s Final Cut Pro in droves for competitors Avid and Adobe, Apple is still very much hard at work on improving Final Cut Pro X -- including a considerable update released on Tuesday which restores a number of features missing since its release last summer.
With the release of Final Cut Pro X, everything changed and many editors accustomed to the traditional interface are having a hard time adjusting. In order to help you see some of the differences between version 7 and X, we've created this screencast to show you where some functions have moved to, what's new and what's been discarded. It's obviously not a complete list but it should hopefully give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to make the jump to Apple's current vision of video editing on the Mac.
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Apple’s new Final Cut Pro X is certainly testing the patience and loyalty of one small but extremely vocal group of fans: professional video editors, who are up in arms over this completely reimagined post-production application. But will other users also break out torches and pitchforks to storm One Infinite Loop?