Last week Apple released a software update for Final Cut Pro X: version 10.0.3. It seems that Apple is making good on their promise to bring back some of the more professional functionality that its previous versions had, so I thought this was a good time to re-visit good ol' FCPX to let you know what's new in this latest upgrade. It's a free upgrade if you already have the full version. So, in no particular order, here's what's new:
There are now 64 active camera angles available as part of the basic editing package. Though this feature came late to the party, it's a real showstopper in terms of how many cameras you can edit at the same time.
-Transferring Final Cut Pro 7 projects to Final Cut X
In partnership with Intelligent Assistance, the Mac App store carries this third-party sofware for about $10. It's called "7 to X for Final Cut Pro". This works with the XML 1.1 integration.
This feature is so utterly essential, it's hard to believe that they released the first version without it. Media relink allows you to manually re-link your video files to the clips in your project, should they go 'offline'. Yay!
Ok. If you aren't working in a broadcast environment, this one won't blow your socks off, but broadcast professionals are probably still out celebrating this.
-Advanced Chroma Keying
Again, not a huge dealbreaker for most users, but it's nice to have.
-Importing layered Adobe Photoshop files
You can now import a PSD file into a single compound clip in FCP X, which allows you to step in to animate and add effects and color correction to individual layers within the application. I wasn't up nights worrying about this one, but again, more functionality is good.
It looks like FCP X is getting stronger with each update, and I like the direction that it's going.