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Jan082014

FCPX has finally grown up

As you all know my favourite NLE of choice is Final Cut Pro 10 (short FCPX) which is now actually FCPX 10.1.

Well 10.1 takes care of some bad habits especially in terms of media management.

I do a lot of same-day-edits where several editors use the same material and one edits a newcut, one makes a webclip and maybe a third has to make rushes for a certain network. Until now we had to throw drives around the room with different footage on them or we had the cameramen select their own stuff before delivering only their best shots to certain editors and only interviews to others. It was working and I could have used a network, but we couldn´t be in the same event anyway. NOW things are different. Because in 10.1 you can have the media on one NAS and the editors make their libraries from that media. No need to copy it several times to different machines. If you have a XSAN you can even be in the same library at the same time AFAIK!

This for me is the biggest upgrade in 10.1 beside all the other stuff like Blade-Speed, Snapshot-versioning, rolling audio in J-L-Cuts, new stabilizers etc.

I will post tutorials and my top-3 features soon. Stay tuned.

Here is the full new-feature list from Apple for 10.1:

  • Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
  • Video monitoring up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers 
  • 4K content including titles, transitions, and generators
  • Libraries allow you to gather multiple events and projects within a single bundle
  • Easily open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need
  • Option to import camera media to locations inside or outside of a library
  • Automatically back up libraries to a user-specified drive or network location
  • Project Snapshots let you quickly capture the project state for fast versioning
  • Audio fade handles on individual audio channels in the timeline
  • Add precise retime speeds by entering them numerically in the timeline
  • Non-rippling retime option
  • One step Replace and retime
  • Custom project frame sizes
  • Through edits displayed on all clip types
  • Join Through Edit command removes bladed cuts to clips in the timeline
  • Detach audio with Multicam clips in the timeline to manipulate audio and video separately
  • Make video- or audio-only edits into the timeline with Multicam Clips as sources
  • Blade and move audio in J- and L-cuts
  • Ability to roll audio with J- and L-cut splits open
  • Option to hide the Event browser to gain more screen space for viewing
  • Native support for .MTS and .MT2S files from AVCHD cameras
  • Used media indicators on source clips
  • Improved performance with large projects
  • Improved performance when modifying or adding keywords to many clips at once
  • Easily move, copy, and paste multiple keyframes
  • Option for the linear animation with Ken Burns effect
  • Improved image stabilization with InertiaCam and Tripod mode
  • Import photos from iOS devices
  • Proxy and playback quality controls accessible in Viewer menu
  • Support for portrait/landscape metadata in still images
  • Effects parameters, fonts, and text size included in XML metadata
  • Improved support for growing media and edit while ingest
  • API for custom Share operations using third-party software
  • FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
  • Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
  • Share directly to Chinese video sites Youku and Tudou
  • Spanish language localization 

Final Cut Pro X version 10.1 also improves overall stability and performance, and addresses the following issues:

  • Loading a library from a SAN is significantly faster
  • You can eject drives after the libraries on those drives are closed
  • It is much easier to move clips with transitions in the timeline and lift them out of the Primary Storyline with transitions preserved
  • Clips can be trimmed completely out of a timeline when using the rolling trim function
  • Media management functions can be cancelled with undo
  • Quitting the application cancels background processes
  • 5.1 surround sound audio originating from a camera as AVCHD will no longer be down mixed to stereo during import
  • If you have transcoded RED RAW files to ProRes through a third-party application, you can relink to the original RED files within Final Cut Pro
  • Transform correctly maintains linear motion on all keyframes

 

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