Apple introduced Final Cut Pro X on Tuesday, along with Motion 5 and Compressor 4. Together, the three apps cost less than half of the previous Final Cut Studio video editing suite, and all are available only on the Mac App Store.


Apple introduced its latest professional video editing software Tuesday, bringing Final Cut Pro X to the Mac App Store for $299.99. In addition to the latest version of Final Cut, Apple also introduced Motion 5, a motion graphics creation tool, and Compressor 4, an advanced media encoder, both of which are $49.99 in the Mac App Store. All three apps together replace Final Cut Studio, which contained Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5 and DVD Studio Pro 4.

Apple explains that in addition to it video editing features, Final Cut Pro X now also contains the key sound editing and color grading components once found in Color 1.5 and Compressor 3.5, allowing you to “use a single application for the entire post-production workflow.” Motion and Compressor remain distinct apps because of their unique functions, and basic DVD and Blu-ray authoring abilities are now contained in the main Final Cut product.

$300 may seem steep for a single program, but the revamped Final Cut Pro X actually does the work of about four programs from the original suite, which sold for $1,000. Final Cut Pro X also brings a lot of great new features, as shown off at NAB, an industry event for digital video audio and film professionals in April, including background rendering, which will allow editors to continue editing while video rendering takes place in the background. Other noteworthy new features include the new Magnetic Timeline, which lets you drag and drop clips wherever without breaking up existing elements, Smart Collections that analyze and scan your clip library and group like elements together (like close shots or group shots, for example).

Motion 5 brings new smart templates that allow you to use effects, transitions titles and more as you edit, and the interface is redesigned to make it easier to spot subtle color variations and effects in your content. Compressor 4 brings boosted export options, including HTTP live streaming support, and one-step streaming web playback output options designed for iOS device compatibility.

At $400 total for Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4, this represents a steep price drop from Final Cut Studio 3. Apple may have simplified its video editing product, but it doesn’t look like it cut too many corners in doing so, and it brings some exciting new features. Video editors: will you be taking the plunge or waiting to see how this new approach pans out?

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  1. I’ll probably upgrade, since the demos have looked pretty sweet… The pricing really isn’t too bad, when you try to work out what a reasonable “upgrade” price might be for a $1000 suite of software.

  2. I’d head over to Creative Cow and see what the pros are saying.
    FCPX can’t open FCP7 files, no XML, No 3rd party plugins… Tons of limitations right out the gate. http://forums.creativecow.net/finalcutprox

  3. The price is nice and all but we’ll have even more people calling themselves “editors” just because they own the software.

    1. I just tweeted that pro-editors are going to collectively cry today!! Long & hard!! Apple just shit-canned another industry!! lol

    2. I wouldn’t worry too much. A decent reel speaks volumes more than be able to do basic edits in Final Cut.

      1. Yea but the “basic” editors work cheap, and they’ll be many more of them (especially in the freelance market) bringing the current going rate for descent editors down to about $10 an hour.

  4. ronshindymedia Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Just downloaded it…will see how the learning curve is today.

  5. I think it will be a long time before FCPX gets any serious use at my company. We’ve been FCP since v3 (Not Final Cut Studio 3, Final Cut Pro 3 circa 2001) and I would have more use for FCP 3 at this point than FCPX.

    FCPX’s lack of Deck control, external video card support and not working at standard frame rates (using 1/100ths of a sec instead) are basically deal breakers.

    We’ll probably check it out to see how “magical” it is, but I would guess it will be at least a year before they get this new software up to the usability of FCP7 (if at all).

    I think this is a good day to be Avid and Adobe

  6. So long awaited Final Cut Pro has landed at Apple store. As per my experience as Graphic Designer, Final Cut Pro is paradise for Video editing gurus. It gives you a range of flexibility to treat your videos is great manner. If you use it right way you will end up producing mind-blowing videos.

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