The very first update to Final Cut Pro X has arrived delivering a number of highly requested features by the professional video industry, including the ability to import and export XML, as well as to Place Projects and Events on Xsan.
Now users can import and export Final Cut Pro X project and Event information via a rich XML format, according to Apple.
The ability to interchange XML files opens the door to an array of third-party workflows, including high-end visual effects, color grading, and media asset management.
Third-party applications that offer XML-based workflows with Final Cut Pro X include Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve, Square Box System's CatDV, and many others.
According to the Final Cut Pro page on the Mac App Store, the 10.0.1 update improves overall stability and performance, but also adds new features.
For example, one noteworthy ability is that you can now export audio and video stems as a single multitrack QuickTime movie or as separate files using Roles.
Users can improve collaboration between editors by placing Projects and Events on Xsan.
Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1 lets you set custom starting timecode for your projects, and add transitions to connected clips in a single step.
For those using the software on OS X Lion, there’s Full Screen support. Finally, GPU accelerated export will speed up delivery, according to Apple.
Talking about the update, Richard Townhill, Apple's senior director of applications product marketing told Cnet in a phone interview: "We have a long history of successful transitions: OS 9 to OS X, PowerPC to Intel. We know we've done something revolutionary with Final Cut Pro, and we sincerely think that our professional customers will love it.”
“And some of that is letting them know we will make good on the promises we made, and the (Final Cut Pro X) 10.1 update is the first public indication that we're doing that," he said.
Apple is now offering a free trial version of Final Cut Pro X, available via the first link below.
Those who are determined to pluck the $300 / 239,99 € for the full version can use the second link to get directly to the Mac App Store and buy.