Final Cut Pro X and Mountain Lion – now that’s interesting!
Last night we arrived back from the Solar Odyssey as our involvement finished on Sunday (long story shot, “creative differences”) and today my welcome home present to myself – a nice new MacBook Pro retina. Naturally I immediately updated to Mountain Lion. (New machine, new OS, might as well get it all over together).
One of the first apps I was looking at was Final Cut Pro X – very nice to see a full size 1080P signal in the Viewer window 1:1 and still have a whole heap of screen real estate. (My confession is that I’m using all the pixels 1:1 not in Retina mode. I already have to wear glasses for a computer screen so I might as well capitalize on it.)
Of course I look through the menus and what do I find in the Edit menu but:
Interesting I think. Start Dictation? Why yes. Just hit Fn Fn (Function twice) while in an active text entry window and up comes the Dictate.
And it does work – mostly.
It seems to work with simple phrases but longer text took too long to process to be truly practical for a means of data entry. (Now, we’ve already been using the iOS Dictate function on the new iPads we’re using in production for our new logging app, and that works fine for a comment in the field.)
To be fair, this is a Mountain Lion feature and it even works in Final Cut Pro 7! Presumably therefore, it will also be usable in Premiere Pro, Prelude and Media Composer on OS X Mountain Lion.
And we all get it in every app for “nothing”. No developer had to rewrite a single line of code for users to benefit. On a fast network and simple phrases it does work.