Apple has updated its radically altered video editing application Final Cut X by releasing version 10.0.1, bringing along with it a 30 day trial and XML support, along with a host of other changes, reports The Loop.
The addition of XML support is arguably the biggest boon to those editors using legacy systems and projects in conjunction with the new Final Cut. It will allow them to import older projects and work with other tools that provide them access to more involved special effects and color grading workflows, like DaVinci Resolve and CatDV.
In addition, the new version adds support for Xsan, a system for sharing giant video files across a network quickly. They have also added media stem exporting and a Roles tag. This allows you to label clips then export a single multitrack file or separate stems based on your tags
There is also a host of other tweaks like custom starting timecodes, GPU-accelerated exporting, a Camera Import SKD and full-screen Lion support.
Many of the additions came from user requests, Richard Townhill, Apple’s Senior Director of Applications Marketing, told The Loop. “We got a lot of feedback from our professional users. We listened to the pros and have taken their top feature requests and put them in this update.”
Apple is also giving users the chance to check out Final Cut Pro X before committing, as it is now offering a 30-Day trial. Says Townhill: “we are giving people the opportunity to see for themselves how powerful, amazing and revolutionary Final Cut Pro is.”
After Apple revealed the new Final Cut Pro X in April, it became a hot topic for many, especially in light of the fact that Apple annoucned that it was going to discontinue sales of the older version of Final Cut as well. The new design and aggressive break with the past of Final Cut led to many customers leaving 1-star ratings and lengthy negative reviews on the Mac App Store – it even got blasted by Conan O’Brien.
Apple responded to the criticism by offering refunds for the software and producing a Q&A section addressing some issues that people were having with the transition.
After an initial backlash, many came to the defense of the product, including former Final Cut team member and Posterous founder Sachin Agarwal, who said that Apple was just continuing its history of producing a first rate alternative video editor that broke with common tropes. “FCPX isn’t defined by a feature chart. It’s not trying to do morethan its competitors, it’s doing it better,” Agarwal said, “and once again, Final Cut Pro stands on its own. And once again, Final Cut Pro will expand the market of video editors out there, and I’ll be one of them.”
Apple also recently relented on its initial stance of not selling the older version and began offering the old Final Cut Studio directly over an 800 number to those interested in purchasing it.