Final Cut Pro X is due for release anytime now - even Apple is talking about June 2011.

What does this mean for you?

We will be doing a review as soon as it comes out to let you know exactly how FCPX fits in with your workflow and the Shedworx product line.

Final Cut Express no more

Firstly, it looks like Final Cut Express will disappear. This means home users looking for 'something better than iMovie' will have to shell out $300 instead of $200. We've been using Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro here at Shedworx for years now and for the home or semi-pro user, there is no practical difference between Final Cut Express and Pro.

So, it will be more $ required to move up from iMovie.

The Mac App Store

Final Cut Pro X will be sold through the Mac App Store. While it will cost more than its predecessor (Final Cut Express) the Mac App Store will let you install on more than one computer (legally).

Native AVCHD Support

Final Cut Pro X is rumoured to have native AVCHD support. This should mean no more transcoding to ProRes.

This has been a long time coming and is why we developed Cosmos from the ground up as a Native AVCHD movie manager. With Final Cut Pro X no longer requiring transcoding, all the native AVCHD video in your Cosmos library will be very easy to 'Send to Final Cut' when you are ready to edit.

Our guess is that native AVCHD will be coming to iMovie'12. Again, Cosmos will fit in just fine.


The demo at the NAB Supermeet in April hinted at some keyword tagging within video clips as a way to highlight subclips of interest.

We will look into how this works and see if there is a useful way to transfer keywords from Cosmos into Final Cut.

Wrap Up

Final Cut Pro X will be a huge step forward for the high-end editors. For those of us who just want something better than iMovie, the ability to edit native AVCHD will probably be the biggest improvement.

The user interface looks like it could be easier to use than the current Final Cut Pro, but we'll need to see it first.

We will put out a series of Final Cut Pro X guides aimed at people like you - people who need a better editor than iMovie, but don't spend much time editing Hollywood blockbusters!

Final Cut Express vs Pro

I am not sure where you are coming from in this story. There is an enormous amount of difference between Express and Pro. Pro is built for professionals and provides a lot more editing options. I am a producer and use Pro all the time. I had to upgrade from Express as it did not offer the functionality I required. Let's see what X offers. Looks great but there may be compatibility issues with third party effects plug-ins etc.

Final Cut Express vs Pro

The main point of this post is to give the 'pro-sumer' or part-time editor some insight into where Final Cut is heading. From the pro-sumer point of view, Final Cut Express appears quite similar to Pro. As a true professional user, there will be a big difference between Express and Pro.

A lot of the Shedworx customers have moved from iMovie to Final Cut Express, and Final Cut Express will disappear when FCPX comes out. I wanted to give some insight into what FCPX will mean to them.

For the professionals out there - that's out of my pay grade :) Having used FCPX for the first time today I can only guess that some Pros will be frustrated with the simplified UI and potential loss of many plug-ins (at least while they upgrade to FCPX compatibility). From the pro-sumer perspective, I think FCPX will be great.

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