I’m on site at an agency client, cutting in Premiere Pro and After Effects, but I thought I better get the word out that Apple have announced an update to FCP X.
The Apple site specifically mentions DaVinci Resolve, under the XML support paragraph. That’s notable for two reasons: 1) Apple are apparently acknowledging the industry’s move to Resolve as a replacement for their own end-of-life Color (and that they have no competitor in the offing), and 2) It seems to indicate this support is ready at launch.
Apple have indicated that multicam support and broadcast monitoring support are coming in 2012. The Multicam was previously announced as intended for “the next major release”, so that’s not a huge surprise, but now that the XML feature is added (although implementation and workflow with all apps is TBD), professional editors are likely to remain frustrated on the monitoring issue, as having a system configured with external monitoring is a standard way of working in most all serious production environments, particularly those where clients are frequently in the room. Many will simply find other editing apps to work in that provide the editorial experience they are accustomed to.
Also noteworthy, and in my opinion a clear indicator of Apple feeling competitive pressure, is that Apple are now offering a 30 day trial of Final Cut Pro X. I have not seen them do that before.
The full list of features is available at the Apple page announcing the update. The update is available via the Mac App store.
When I get a chance, I’ll drive the new upgrade features and test drive an XML workflow, particularly to Resolve and try to get it over to AE (Automatic Duck factor? have to wait and see on that…).
Apple have also posted updates to the Pro Apps codecs. Details on the Apple Support page by clicking here.
Apple have also posted a white paper entitled “Final Cut Pro X for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors”. Clearly a coordinated effort timed for the same day as the update to help curb some of the negativity and ease the transition. Smart move. Apple seems to be moving with a counteroffensive, for lack of a better term.