Additionally, the new version lets editors keep Connected Clips in place while slipping, sliding, or moving clips, add freeze-frames more easily, copy and paste attributes with a new Paste window, use new audio controls for Multicam clips, create multiple range selections for a single clip, and export projects and range selections more easily via a redesigned Share interface. FCP's XML has also been updated to version 1.2, allowing editors to import and export metadata to third-party apps.
What Logic Pro X tells us about the new Final Cut Pro
The dubbed-down Final Cut Pro X lead some to suspect that Apple's next version of Logic Pro would be a 'Garageband Pro X'. On his blog, Alex Gollner writes of the fears that this 'Garageband Pro' would be a "dumbed down app for prosumers - which would make life easier for people who only need to work on music very once in a while."
It's a good sign that Apple isn't cutting out legacy Logic Pro files, as they did with the launch for Final Cut Pro X, however. Gollner notes that: "Logic Pro X can import Logic Pro 5 projects, GarageBand projects, MIDI files, AAF files and Final Cut Pro X XML files."
Could Apple ditch the pro market?
Former Apple ad consultant Ken Segall published a blog post recently that claims Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs once considered ditching Apple's pro products. Borella points to the discontinuation of the 17in MacBook pro, and the lack of an update to Aperture and suggests that this could still happen.
According to Segall, Jobs considered saying goodbye to the pro market when the iMac has established itself as a global bestseller. "During one of the agency's regular meetings with Steve, he shared that he was considering killing the pro products," he revealed. "His rationale was as you might expect: consumer products have an unlimited upside, while pro products are aimed at a niche market that eats up major resources."
Segall suggests that you can see how Apple's view of the pro market is evolving by taking a closer look at the difference between Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X.
Final Cut Pro 7, users needed to put a lot of time and effort into mastering the software, whereas the newer Final Cut Pro X is "less daunting and more seductive, streamlining and automating some of its advanced capabilities."
Segall suggests that, rather than ditching its pro customers completely, Apple is taking its products to a new, high-end consumer market, and asking its pro users to follow.
Apple is inviting some high-end consumers to enjoy the application, rather than focusing purely on the professional market.
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