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No FCPX update from the Apple Special Event, but Mac Pro specifications, prices and a jaw dropping benchmark

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The big Final Cut Pro X news from Apple's Special Event was that there's no update. No update until December that is when the new Mac Pro gets released. Read on for one of the most impressive video editing benchmarks yet...

After a week of crazy speculation is was nice to get the truth directly from Apple today by watching the live stream of their Special Event from San Francisco. They have been pretty quick by publishing the movie of the event online as well which you can watch here. We will post the YouTube version when it is made available.

So the big news is that the updated Final Cut Pro X will be released in December with the new Mac Pro. We are really happy that Apple have pegged the date to a month's bracket, we would assume it won't happen near the end!

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They have announced two models with specifications, prices are $2,999 for the 3.7 GHz Quad Core and $3,999 for the 3.5 GHz 6 Core. One cool statistic that is not on the site was mentioned in the presentation. The design team had the goal to make the new Mac Pro as quiet as a Mac Mini.

We didn't get an invite to the event and being halfway round the world it would have been a bit inconvenient. Enjoying it on Apple TV was fine, but we missed the Press opportunity to see the Mac Pro and the new Final Cut Pro X in action.

We leave the on site jaw dropping to the lucky guys from Engadget:

'And what about power? Thankfully, this time out there were a trio of Pros actually plugged in. The most impressive of the three was 4K video editing in Final Cut. Thanks in no small part to the dual-GPUs, our friendly Apple demoer had the tower hooked up to two monitors (you can do up to three in Mavericks, mind), editing 16 angles in 4K with no discernible rending occurring. An impressive feat, to say the least.'

Let's just repeat that. 16 angles of 4K, that is the same bandwidth as 64 streams of 1080. What codec we don't know, we would hazard a guess at ProRes 422. Very impressive, start saving up for one now.

The next big news for us editors was the release and pricing of Mavericks. It's already on the App Store as we write, the best news is that it's a free update. Apple also announced that it's a free one click update to all OSX users right back to Snow Leopard.

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So what else was on the lineup? A new free iMovie for a start that had a very simplified interface. 

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Some of the interface looks very, very familiar.

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Considering the closeness of some of the design and features of the 'old' iMovie to FCPX, is this an indication of things for the future? Will we see an iMovie Theatre feature using iCloud in FCPX? Has to be in 4k of course!

Other apps had big upgrades too, the rest of the iLife apps are also free with Mavericks. One interesting item from the presentation was the 'In App' purchase of more drummers for Garageband. Could this be setting a 'Freemium' model precedent for Apple applications?

'The complete set of 15 drummers is available along with the entire collection of instruments and sounds with a one-time in-app purchase.'

The iWork suite has had a major overhaul and again is free on Mavericks. Pages is worthy of a mention as real time collaboration on a document using iCloud was shown at the presentation.

Back to the hardware side and Apple showed off the new range of Retina MacBook Pros. They have faster chips, feature Thunderbolt 2 and are priced less than the previous models.

New iPads make up the last of the news, but as we are saving up for the Mac Pro, we don't have any spare cash in the technology  budget for this year even though we would love a retina mini when they are released.

Now don't go upgrading to Mavericks mid project! One example, Red Giant have publicly announced their products are not ready.



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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

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I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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