Apple has just introduced a new version of Final Cut Pro, completely rebuilt from the ground up as a 64-bit platform with full Grand Central Dispatch support to utilize multicore CPUs. In addition to a new user interface, Apple has added support for up to 4K resolutions, background rendering and has eliminated the need to wait for your footage to ingest before editing. You can now edit before your media is fully ingested, and Final Cut Pro X will silently switch to the local footage as it is brought in.
Other highlights include:
- Resolution independent playback system
- Color management via ColorSync
- All editing is natively supported – no transcoding required
- Content analysis – media detection, image stabilization, people detection, shot detection, color balance and audio cleanup as footage is ingested
- Magnetic timeline – audio moves to a new track when inserting new clips to avoid trim collisions
Final Cut Studio X is expected to be available on June 9th for $299 through the Mac App Store.
Other Apple related highlights from NAB this year include new Thunderbolt-based hardware and technologies from AJA, Blackmagic and Matrox. While AJA is using NAB to showcase Thunderbolt technologies for future products, Blackmagic is launching its new UltraStudio 3D, and Matrox is introducing Thunderbolt to the entire MXO2 family of I/O boxes.
The Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D features dual link SDI and HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs, and supports capture and playback up to 2K (YUV 4:2:2 or RGB 4:4:4). 3D support includes playback and capture of 1080p side-by-side, line-by-line, and top and bottom formats.
Matrox will be shipping Thunderbolt adapters with the MXO2 family of adapters starting in July. Current MXO2 owners can purchase the Thunderbolt adapter separately for $299.