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Final Cut Pro X 10.0.4 hits the Mac App Store

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.4 hits the app store. Now Xto7 can support flattened multicam in the current release due to the new XML capabilities in this release – specifically, the presence of multicam data in the Project XML.

The current release of Xto7 (version 1.1.7) already supports this feature when sent 10.0.4 Project XML. Unfortunately, due to the way the two apps support Multicam, Xto7 can only do a “flattened” version. We translate the active angle as an independent clip, losing the Multicam information.

The reason is that FCP X multicam is much more powerful and forgiving than FCP 7’s version so it proved impossible to have any sort of reliable translation as Multiclips back. For example: FCP X supports MP4 media in multiclips; mixed formats in multiclips; mixed frame rates in multiclips; more than one clip in a multiclip angle, etc.  Any one of those items would prevent translation to FCP 7 Multiclips.

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  • Heath · April 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm


  • Marcus R. Moore · April 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Not the update I’m sure a lot of people were hoping for, but I think it’s the one that’s needed right now.

    Broadcast monitoring via my BlackMagic Intensity Extreme seems very smooth, and overall performance seems much better as well. And that’s what I needed to start my own move over to X. Not for every job yet, but an every increasing number.

    Maybe NAB will hold some more surprises, but I certainly wouldn’t count on it after today’s release.

    Sometime in mid-July will be the next big move forward with 10.0.5. I’m betting on Audio mixing being the big feature addition.

    • chris iwlby · April 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

      July time is when peeps will be getting Mountain Lion… so have a think about that one!
      Anybody noticed that the new iPad has an almost perfect Rec709 colour space… just musing 🙂

  • Asim Rizvi · April 14, 2012 at 5:09 am

    What is a rec709 color space?

    • Author comment by Philip · April 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

      It is the colorspace for HD video. Rec 601 is Standard Definition, Rec 709 is HD. (They are quite similar but subtly different). You can find a lot more on Rec 709 by googling it. Here’s the wikipedia article



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