Version 10.0.1 introduces some new features that, while not addressing Final Cut Pro X’s major flaws, include XML import/export and a Camera Import SDK, both good things. And a highly uncharacteristic promise of two more features coming in “early 2012″, showing that someone at Apple wishes to send a vague ray of hope to those of us who believe that FCPX could eventually turn into a viable app for editing video projects.
Download the update free from the Mac App Store.
Media Stems Export
Apple says “Traditional, track-based editing systems require you to constantly rearrange and disable tracks to export audio and video stems. With the latest version of Final Cut Pro X, flexible metadata removes the burden of track management. Use the new Roles tag to label clips — dialogue, effects, music, and more — then export a single multitrack file or separate stems based on your tags. You can even apply Roles to video clips and graphics for a powerful new way to deliver separate files for versioning and localization.”
Josh’s take: While I’m sure there are good uses for “Roles”, they seem like an extra step that’s unnecessary in a track-based paradigm. Since an editor needs to take the time to add clips to an edit no matter what, it costs no extra time to simply put clips on designated tracks depending on what type of media they are.
Rich XML Support
Now you can import and export Final Cut Pro X project and Event information via a rich XML format. XML interchange enables a wide range of third-party workflows, including high-end visual effects, color grading, and media asset management. Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, Square Box System’s CatDV, and many other third-party applications will offer XML-based workflows with Final Cut Pro X.
Josh’s take: Well, I predicted XML import/export in 90 days on June 21, so here it is is two days early! But, I predicted FCP7 project import, and was wrong on that. Here is the doc for AXEL.
Projects and Events on Xsan
Create and edit your Final Cut Pro X projects and Events on Xsan. Ideal for multi-user workflows, you can import media through Final Cut Pro X and place it directly on the SAN. Multiple users can access the same source media, and each editor can create separate projects and Events on the SAN. Users can then edit from any system attached to the SAN, making it easy to move between computers and continue working.
Custom Starting Timecode
Set the start time of your project to a custom timecode value to accommodate color bars and tone, or to meet broadcast delivery specifications.
Full-screen view in Lion
Use every inch of your display when working in Final Cut Pro X. And easily navigate to other applications with a swipe.
One-step Transitions on Connected Clips
Add a transition to a connected clip or between multiple connected clips without manually creating a secondary storyline.
Josh’s take: If the next improvement is, it doesn’t create a “secondary storyline” but an actual track, we’ll be getting somewhere!
Harness the power of the GPU on your graphics card to speed up foreground export.
New Theme: Tribute
Access the new Tribute theme, with four animated titles and a matching transition.
Camera Import SDK
Camera manufacturers can use the Camera Import SDK to write plug-ins for importing media from a wide range of cameras. For example, Sony is updating their XDCAM EX plug-in to support native import directly into Final Cut Pro X.