Nearly five years prior to the Mac App Store, Noise Industries debuted FxFactory, a centralized hub for buying and installing visual effects plug-ins. Since then, FxFactory has become the de facto standard for software developers writing creative plug-ins for enhancing Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects, with hundreds of options available and new choices added each month.
Final Cut Pro X will celebrate its first anniversary in June, and the app has grown considerably in nearly 10 months. Apple has announced more big features to come later this year, but the real question is: Will professional users stick around long enough to use them?
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.
Holy moley, can November really be over already? Tomorrow, December will be upon us and the deafening rumble of Santa’s sleigh won’t be far behind. Most of us are already getting in the holiday spirit, which gives us little time to catch up on what’s happening in the tech world. So without further ado, here’s a taste of what’s new for this Wednesday, November 30, 2011.
To say that the response to Apple’s all-new Final Cut Pro X was mixed would be putting it mildly. While users of the new version are still waiting (im)patiently for a first update to that app, Apple has quietly slipped the previous Final Cut Studio 3 back onto the radar, which is again available for sale -- if you know where to look.
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.
Apple unleashed a firestorm of controversy following the release of Final Cut Pro X, with professional video editors up in arms over missing features and the inability to open legacy project files. As it turns out, some of the so-called “missing features” are simply tucked away in the new FCPX user interface, which has created confusion for legacy users. Here are some ways to make the revamped app function a little more like Final Cut Pro 7.
Apple may be slow to respond to controversy, but when they do, it usually does a good job of quelling the storm. After a solid week of uproar over the new Final Cut Pro X from video professionals, Cupertino has finally come forward with a new question and answer page on their website they hope to address user concerns.
Just purchased Final Cut Studio and want to get started in editing? Thankfully, your friends here at MacLife.com have you covered. Fire up your software and cozy up to your browser, but be careful: In the words of Bill Cosby, "You might just learn something."