I know that a lot of you are interested in or already running Final Cut Pro X, and that a subset of you have been having some problems and experiencing issues with this latest release so I thought it would be useful to post this here.
Here's the link to the Q&A.
Here's what's covered:
- Can I import projects from Final Cut Pro 7 into Final Cut Pro X?
- Can I import my video directly into Final Cut Pro X as I could in Final Cut Pro 7?
- Can I edit my tape-based workflow with Final Cut Pro X?
- Does Final Cut Pro X support multicam editing?
- Does Final Cut Pro X support external monitors?
- Can I save different versions of my project?
- Are keyboard shortcuts in Final Cut Pro X different from those in Final Cut Pro 7?
- Can I use my third-party plug-ins in Final Cut Pro X?
- Can I specify a scratch disk location?
- Can I share projects with other editors?
- Can I store media in locations other than my system drive?
- Can I hide Events that I am not working on?
- Can Final Cut Pro X export XML?
- Does Final Cut Pro X support OMF, AAF, and EDLs?
- Can I send my project to a sound editing application such as Pro Tools?
- Does Final Cut Pro X allow you to assign audio tracks for export?
- Can I customize my export settings?
- Can I purchase a volume license?
The answer to some of these questions is a resounding 'Not yet' which indicates that there are updates in the pipeline. One feature that's never going to appear is the ability to import from previous incarnations of Final Cut Pro - this will undoubtedly upset some users.
[UPDATE: A reader sent me a link to a petition by 'editors and affected filmmakers who rely on Final Cut Pro as a crucial business tool' who are upset by the the changes Apple have made to Final Cut Pro:
A large corporation such as Apple, Inc. should not make "revolutionary" paradigm-shifting changes to software which can be referred to as "industry-standard". This is unfair to workers who rely on Final Cut Pro as a business tool and will devastate the Final Cut Pro community. Many editors have relied on the software since its first release and supported Apple through both the hard and easy times. Apple Inc. now has over $75 billion in assets and does not need to risk the livelihoods of its professional customers by silently discontinuing "Final Cut Pro" instead of selling it to a company willing to support working film, tv, and advertising industry professionals.
The petition calls on Apple to:
1. Final Cut Studio 3 is immediately reinstated, supported, and referred to as Apple's "professional grade" editing application. 2. Final Cut Pro is restored under a new name with the functionality and user interface of Final Cut Pro 7. 3. Final Cut Pro X is to be considered part of the iMovie family or labeled a "prosumer" product.
1. The source code to Final Cut Pro 7 is auctioned or sold to a third-party by January 1, 2012.
I'm interested in hearing from Final Cu Pro users out there.]