Happy Birthday Final Cut Pro X


Apple - there are "More than one million separate installations of Final Cut Pro X".


Final Cut Pro X was three years old on Saturday June 21. Final Cut Pro X changed the NLE landscape. It certainly has been an interesting ride these first three years. Here's to a great year four.

There is an ever growing FCPX community, over a million installs and many Final Cut Pro X resources, including 3rd party developers. Some developers offer free templates and tutorials. And there are many professionals using Final Cut Pro X. It has come a long way in its first three years. Over one million present and future video editors are already on board.

Final Cut Pro X is having the birthday, but as FCPX editors, we should soon be receiving some presents, wrapped in a feature update. I'm sure that the FCPX team has some surprises in store for us.

Sometimes editors are an impatient bunch, especially since we haven't had any new features added to FCPX 10.1 for six months. I suspect the long wait is the result of further honing of the infrastructure of FCPX and not just adding some bolt-on features and bug fixes. Of course only Apple knows, but hopefully we'll see this update during Final Cut Pro's birthday week (or soon thereafter).

Here are some improvements I'm expecting in the next FCPX update:

Library refinement with external management option for optimized media, shared media, cache files and render files.
Presently, all optimized media has to be stored inside of the Library.
If your original media is typical H.264 and you choose to make optimized media, the optimized media will be 3 to 4 times the file size of your original media. This would result in your library being up to four times the size of your external media folder. This eliminates one of the main advantages of using external media with Final Cut Pro, keeping the Library size small. There are also times when I want to make a copy of a file that I uploaded to YouTube. Now, that file is stored inside of the Library in the Shared Items folder. It would be easier to get to it if shared media is stored externally.


Full featured XML import/export including Library XML.
Currently, there is no Library XML available and some items are missing from event and project XML.
For example, if you export event XML, it doesn't contain project XML, even though projects are inside of events. Every project has to be exported as a separate XML file. 12 projects = 12 XML files. Another example of incomplete XML, Smart collections reset Type to Audition when using XML. A Library XML file should be complete and include all events and projects in a single master XML file.

Customizable window layouts.
Right now there is a single default window layout that you can reset, "Revert to Original Layout" under the Window menu. I expect there will be customizable window layouts that you can save and recall like there are Keyboard Command Sets presently. There already is a Layouts folder. I use a completely different layout for editing in the timeline, tagging clips in the browser, multicam, color correction, etc. I'm constantly resizing the timeline, viewer and browser for different jobs. Being able to save and recall window layouts is due.



See the rest of list here "Waiting On Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2".

Happy Birthday Final Cut Pro X. Here's to a great year four.


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