Final Cut Pro X: It's Here, and I Was (Mostly) Right

A couple months ago, I saw a preview of Final Cut Pro X at NAB, and wrote up my thoughts on it.  At the time, I said this:

And what of the Studio?  Here’s what: DVD Studio Pro is dead, and so is Motion.  Compressor is still standalone, but comes with FCP X.  Color is still a separate app, but a lot of the base functionality is baked into FCP X.  Soundtrack’s video-centric features are merged into Logic, its base functionality is baked into FCP X, and Soundtrack dies.

Turns out I was mostly right.  They killed DVDSP, which no one should be surprised about.  Color is also dead, but a lot of its functionality is baked into FCP X; I’m surprised they killed it outright, but we’ll see how much of it made it into X.  Compressor is standalone and NOT included with FCP, which is a big shock – but since X is so geared around tapeless formats and web delivery, everyone who buys it will also want Compressor, so makes business sense to milk another $50 from every user.

Motion is still alive.  Who the hell uses Motion?

And Soundtrack is dead, with its functionality baked into FCP X.  But I’ve read a lot of complaints about X’s audio functions, so I wonder if we won’t still see a sound-for-picture update to Logic sometime.

Oh, also – FCP X does not have multicam editing support.  So if you shoot multicam events and need to turn em fast, stick with FCStudio for now.

And that’s one nice surprise: you can still run your old FCStudio on the same system as FCP X.  So for now, I’d say use Studio for existing projects and multicam, while dipping your toes into the FCP X pool. (Update: there’s some caveats to running both versions simultaneously.  Read here –

At some point I’ll buy X, like every other video professional, and then maybe I’ll have more thoughts on it.  Til then, I’ll continue to read both the ridiculous love-fests and angry old man rants that make up the bulk of the coverage of Final Cut Pro X.