Final Cut Pro X Announced by Apple: 64-Bit and Only $299

The newest Final Cut Pro release, version ‘X’, was unveiled tonight at Supermeet at NAB in Las Vegas. Rebuilt from the ground up, the new Final Cut Pro X will have 64-bit support and will become available in June for only $299. The drastic price drop will be a major selling point against competitors such as Adobe’s Premiere Pro (CS5), which is priced between ~$500 and ~$700 for the Mac version, depending on the source. Final Cut Pro 7 currently retails for $999.99 on Apple’s website.

Final Cut Pro X Announced by Apple 64-Bit and Only 299

Here is the list of new features included in Final Cut Pro X:

  • Support for 3D Titles
  • New cinematic and 3D animated templates
  • Convert existing 2D titles into 3D
  • ‘Open in Motion’ – add multiple lights and cameras and create scenes in full 3D
  • New controls for color grading and masking
  • Support for a winder range of formats :Panasonic AVC-Ultra family, Sony XAVC S and JVC H.264 Long GOP. Sony XAVC and XDCAM formats can be directly imported without the need of plugins
  • Faster editing with GPU-accelerated support for RED RAW
  • Custom effect presets
  • Library smart collections
  • Single import window for media management, transcoding, keywording, and image analysis options
  • Support for Compressor to package your film for the iTunes Store
  • Native MXF Support
  • Faster export performance thanks to GPU support
  • XML 1.5
  • Enhanced Optical Flow allows creation of beautiful slow motion videos

Whether pro-users will like this brand new release of Apple’s premier video editing app or not, time will tell. But for now,

You can read the original Final Cut Pro X Supermeet article, which includes a list of the new features, from PhotographyBay here.

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