iOS Software, , , , , , , , , — June 30, 2011 12:01 — 0 Comments

Apple’s Final Cut Pro X upsets professional moviemakers

On its release 11 days ago we reported that first impressions of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X version described it as ‘hot’. Well it’s not.

The only ‘hot’ factor is the amount of heat Apple has taken from professional editors and moviemakers deriding the latest version as no better than the basic iMovie app.

So far six hundred disgruntled editors have signed an online petition saying: ‘We, both the editors and affected filmmakers who rely on Final Cut Pro as a crucial business tool, do so in the same way Photoshop, Maya, Pro Tools, and other industry-standard applications are relied on by leading post-production environments.’

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It goes on to accuse Apple of irresponsibly making a huge change to an industry standard. The undersigned say that this new “prosumer-grade” Final Cut Pro X could even put them out of business.

Their beef appears to be the fact that several features are missing from the new version, such as the ability to import Final Cut Pro 7 projects into the application and several third-party modiciations aren’t compatible with the new system.

Those 600 or so influential editors and moviemakers are demanding that FCP 7 be reinstated immediately, that Final Cut Pro be restored under its new name and Final Cut Pro X be considered as a member of the iMovie family or a “prosumer” product.

Barring all that, the group requests that the source code for FCP 7 be ‘auctioned or sold to a third-party by January 1, 2012.’

In an attempt to address the complaints, Apple posted a FAQ regarding Final Cut Pro X and has offered refunds to those still dissatisfied with the new version.

Here’s what is says about FCP 7:

‘Final Cut Pro X features new and redesigned audio effects, video effects, and color grading tools. Because of these changes, there is no way to ’translate’ or bring in old projects without changing or losing data,” Apple explained, adding that users can continue to work with Final Cut Pro 7 after they install Final Cut Pro X: “But if you’re already working with Final Cut Pro 7, you can continue to do so after installing Final Cut Pro X, and Final Cut Pro 7 will work with Mac OS X Lion. You can also import your media files from previous versions into Final Cut Pro X.’

Apple is also promising users they’ll eventually see support for multicam editing; the ability to export XML; support for OMF, AAF, EDL; and the ability to assign audio tracks for export.

Have you used Final Cut Pro X? Got a comment? Let us know your thoughts in the box below.

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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