Responding to mass rioting amongst its users, Apple promised as far back as July that they would eventually be restoring XML support in Final Cut Pro X. Now it’s finally here, along with numerous other improvements.
After much criticism Apple has added a 30-day free trial, which means Apple won’t have to repay money for those users who are unhappy with their purchase.
Obviously, the biggest addition in FInal Cut Pro X’s update is the ability to import and export project in XML, meaning that users can now take XML formatted projects from FCP7 and other editing software and edit them in FCPX. In other words, Final Cut Pro X just gained a semblance of backwards compatibility.
In addition, here’s what is new:
• Support for events and projects through Xsan, the company’s technology that allows multiple computers to concurrently access storage
• Support for media stems (or audio channeling). This lets users assign a “role” to media once it’s imported, so that when it’s time to export things like dialogue, sound effects and soundtracks, those exports can be done in a single pass.
• Custom starting timecodes
• Full-screen view toggle for Mac OS X Lion users
• GPU-accelerated export (was previously only CPU-based)
Final Cut Pro X 10.1 is available through the Mac App Store either as an update or for purchase.