Major FCPX Event and Apple Mac Event on October 27
It's been quiet on the Final Cut Pro front for quite awhile. But October 27, 2016 is shaping up to be a great time for Apple's Pro users as we initially speculated back on September 19th. Finally. Professionals have been waiting on a refresh on pro Mac hardware and Final Cut Pro X for 18 months or more. For example, the Mac Pro is going on 3 years with no update. The MacBook Pro hasn't been updated in over a year and a half. I'd like to be surprised with a new iMac Pro with a wider screen, beefier graphics and an 8 core CPU option. And really surprised if Apple (at least) shows us a 2017 Mac Pro and a 5K Display. And I expect Motion and Compressor to also be updated. Maybe even Logic Pro X for a clean sweep Pro apps update.
9TO5Mac.com is reporting that the 2016 MacBook Pro OLED touch panel will be called the "Magic Toolbar"
Apple has confirmed October 27th as the "hello again" event date.
What about the next major Final Cut Pro X feature update?
The Apple "hello again" event is taking place on Apple’s Cupertino campus. The interesting thing is that a major FCPX event is taking place next door to Apple’s Cupertino campus also starting on Thursday October 27th. The FCPX Creative Summit even features a trip to the DeAnza Theater on Apple's campus for a presentation from Apple about "The Future: Final Cut Pro X" and an "Update from Apple Product Team".
Many video professionals are waiting for the next major FCPX feature update, probably 10.3. It should be a major, major feature update with an expected and needed UI overhaul with many often requested features added. It has been over 18 months since FCPX 10.2, the last major feature update, was released. And there have been only a few minor updates since then. Because it has been such a long time since the last major feature update, I suspect the FCPX team must be digging in to the foundation of FCPX and making important changes. It's pretty safe to assume that Apple has shown a sneak peak of a future version of Final Cut Pro to select groups like the hundred or so at the FCPExchange Workshop Series at NAB and at the FCPX Tour at IBC a few weeks ago. As one might expect, attendants of these events are under NDA.
We had a bit of a tease this week when Tom Wolsky noticed that the download link for the Final Cut Pro X trial wasn't working. Upon further investigation, the link was actually for Final Cut Pro X 10.3! The download wasn't actually the FCPX app but appears to be a placeholder for the 10.3 trial download.
This was covered by both Mac Daily News and 9 to 5 Mac and as expected on Twitter. The trial download link was changed back to 10.2.3 a few hours later.
Although Final Cut Pro X could be updated at any time, Apple probably will release it to coincide with the Oct 27th event(s) at the FCPX Creative Summit in Cupertino. That would be a perfect showcase to demonstrate a fresh major update to Final Cut Pro with some top FCPX professionals. So it looks like we are indeed going to get both an update to FCPX and new pro Mac hardware at the same time.
The next stop for the FCPX Tour will be in Barcelona in November.
Final Cut Pro Radio will be at the FCPX Creative Summit broadcasting live and near live updates on our Facebook group Facebook.com/groups/FinalCutProRadio and on Twitter @FCPRadio1. And we'll be conducting interviews for Final Cut Pro Radio and helping film a Final Cut Pro X documentary as well.
As usual, the best Final Cut Pro professionals from around the globe will be discussing FCPX on Final Cut Pro Radio. If there is any breaking FCPX news, especially if there is a feature update, there will be a Final Cut Pro Radio news show out within 12 - 24 hours to discuss it. You can download and listen on iTunes here or on the web here.
It's looking like Final Cut Pro is shaping up to be King of the NLEs once again.
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