Final Cut Express is dead!

Now that some Tuesday’s Final Cut Pro X is available, additional details about Apple’s pro video edition solution are available.

Engadget has confirmed with Apple that there won’t be a boxed (studio suite) version of Final Cut Pro X. Instead, it will only be available for download through the Mac App Store, alongside separate purchases of Motion(US$49.99) and Compressor ($49.99).

Also, there will be no special upgrade price for owners of previous versions of Final Cut Pro, but with the new price point, it’s hard to really complain about that. Finally, Engadget confirms that the days of Final Cut Express are over — it’s either iMovie or Final Cut Pro X from Apple.

AppleInsider corroborates these claims, but adds Final Cut Server to the list. According to “a person familiar with Apple’s retail operations,” AppleInsider reports that Final Cut Server has been discontinued as of June 21.


Final Cut Pro X announced!!!

As we had rumored in the past, Apple’s Peter Steinauer took the stage at the Supermeet during NAB in Las Vegas to introduce the latest version of Final Cut, Final Cut Pro X.

The new video editing app (last revised in July of 2009) adds full 64-bit compatibility with a full rewrite of the platform. Final Cut Pro X will be shipping in June. You can download it via the Mac App Store! And the price? US$299 — that’s truly astonishing.

The new version includes improved media management and improved image quality built on “modern foundations,” with top-to-bottom color management and a new look. FCP X features resolution-independent playback all the way from SD up to 2K and 4K formats. It now leverages Grand Central Dispatch to take advantage of all cores on the Mac plus the GPU. The crowd goes wild, especially as Steinauer suggests that the ever-popular render bar will now be a thing of the past.

thanks @fcpsupermeet for the information below:

  • Final Cut X is a full rebuild from scratch
  • 64 bit – Crowd: “finally!” “thank you!”
  • Cocoa, Core Animation, Open CL, Grand Central Dispatch support
  • The Focus was on image quality
  • Fully color managed
  • Resolution independent playback/timeline all the way up to 4K
  • Features people detection, single or in groups
  • Non-destructive auto color balance
  • Automatic audio cleanup (option to auto noise reduce audio, more)
  • Features “smart collections”: a lot like the smart folders found in OS X
  • Editing can start immediately during importing of AVCHD and other media, switches silently to local media as it ingests
  • Uses every available cpu cycle to keep things rendered. Also highly scalable. Will even work on a Macbook
  • No interruption for rendering. No transcoding, EVERYTHING native. (incl DSLR footage–assume this means AVC

Will Apple release Final Cut Pro on April 12???

Copied from TUAW.COM

According to ProVideo Coalition, Apple is planning on debuting the next version of Final Cut Pro at the Final Cut Pro User Group SuperMeet on April 12. According to PVC, “Apple will be using the Vegas Supermeet to announce the next version of Final Cut Pro. Supposedly, Apple will be taking over the entire event for their announcement, canceling all other sponsors, including AJA, Avid, Canon, BlackMagic, Autodesk and others, who were set to give presentations.”

While the FCP SuperMeet does seem to be an odd event for Apple to launch the next version of its professional editing software (because NAB 2011 starts on April 9), the rumors do seem to have credibility because Canon, Avid and Autodesk have all confirmed that their sponsorships have been canceled because Apple has demanded no one else has the main stage. A Canon spokesperson supposedly confirmed to PVC, “Canon was told last night that Apple has demanded ALL ‘lectern’ or stage time exclusively.” Likewise, Avid told them, “Apple doesn’t want anyone to have stage time but them.”

There’s no word yet on what the next Final Cut Pro will feature, but in February, a group of high-profile video editors were supposedly given time with the software. Their reactions to the new FCP were overwhelmingly positive, with one of them saying the next Final Cut Pro is “the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago.”