Apple recently announced an update to Final Cut Pro X that everybody should really take a look at. I know that a lot of editors have written it off and moved on to Premiere but if you want to be competitive in the production world you have to look at all options and at least know what you’re doing when you get in there.

Here are the details from the FCP X 10.0.6 update:

• Expand multichannel audio files directly in the timeline for precise editing of individual audio channels
• Unified import window for transferring media from both file-based cameras and folders of files
• Redesigned Share interface for exporting projects and range selections to one or more destinations
• RED camera support with native REDCODE RAW editing and optional background transcode to Apple ProRes
• MXF plug-in support that allows you to work natively with MXF files from import through delivery using third-party plug-ins
• Dual viewers, each with a video scope display, let you compare shots to match action and color
• Option to add chapter markers in the timeline for export to video files, DVD, and Blu-ray disc
• Range selection now preserves start and end points in the Event Browser and allows you to create multiple range selections on a single clip
• Paste attributes window lets you choose specific effects to copy between clips
• Flexible Clip Connections allow you to keep Connected Clips in place when slipping, sliding or moving clips in the Primary Storyline
• Add a freeze frame to your timeline with a single keystroke
• Drop shadow effect with intuitive onscreen controls to adjust position, edge falloff, angle, and more
• New controls for combining audio from multiple angles within a Multicam Clip
• Compound Clip creation in the timeline now saves the clip in the Event Browser for re-use in other projects
• XML 1.2 featuring metadata import and export for richer integration with third-party apps

A lot of people are going to say that all of this should have been available upon its original release. That is very true, but if you look at the facts… You now get an Incredibly capable NLE software for $299. That’s ridiculous! I’ve only worked in FCP X about a dozen times now but every time I do I end up thinking to myself “damn I wish that was in FCP 7”. Overall I truly am still more comfortable working in 7 but I find my excuses for not moving to X becoming more invalid every day.

Something for to think about.

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