Apple just released Final Cut Pro X, its latest version of professional video editing app on Mac App Store for $299.99. Apple also released together the companion apps Motion 5 and Compressor 4 for $49.99 each.
“Final Cut Pro X is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. “We have shown it to many of the world’s best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped.”
Final Cut Pro X is touted as “revolutionary new version”, built on modern 64-bit architecture, includes numerous new features such as Magnetic Timeline, Clip Connections and Auditions.
One attractive ‘feature’ for this release is the price point. At just under $400 for the 3 apps, Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4 should prove to be attractive to prosumers looking for advanced editor than what iMovie could provide.
Updated: With this release of individual apps, Apple has ends the suite software Final Cut Express, Final Cut Server and Final Cut Studio. Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4 will be available exclusively on Mac App Store. There is no news on what will happen to the other apps in Final Cut suite which include Soundtrack Pro, Color and DVD Studio Pro.
Final Cut Pro X at Mac App Store
Motion 5 at Mac App Store
Compressor 4 at Mac App Store
Apple announced Final Cut Pro X at SuperMeet, an annual meeting of Final Cut Pro user groups at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) conference in Las Vegas.
- Final Cut Pro has 2 million users.
- Final Cut Pro X will be as revolutionary as the first version of Final Cut Pro when introduced in 1999.
- Final Cut Pro X is build from scratch on 64bit, and runs from MacBook to Mac Pro.
- Final Cut Pro X includes support for automatic image stabilization, audio clean-up, non-destructive color balance, people detection and shot detection.
- Background rendering is build-in. You can edit as you are importing. Scalable rendering and a resolution independent playback system.
- Available in June from Mac App Store at $299.
Apple is positioning Final Cut Pro X as a pros app by announcing at NAB. And with the incredible pricing of just $299, it is going to attract lots of prosumers and advanced iMovie users into its bandwagon. Apple has not announce if there will be a Final Cut Express or Final Cut Studio version. With that kind of pricing, it is safe to say that there will not be an Express version.
It is more than a year since the last Final Cut Pro release, and TechCrunch has reported that the a new Final Cut Pro will be released this spring. The new Final Cut Pro is the biggest overhaul since its first release more than 10 years ago.
And if you’re worried Apple is shifting its focus from professional and making Final Cut Pro more for consumers, fear not as the new Final Cut Pro is every bit as pro and early reports from people who have seen the demo described it as “dramatic and ambitious”.