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Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4

Out of the blue, Apple announces Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4, which includes some key stability improvements. There is also a Pro Video Formats 2.0 software update, which provides native support for importing, editing, and exporting MXF files with Final Cut Pro X. While FCP X already supported import of MXF files from video cameras, this update extends the format support to a broader range of files and workflows.

So, I guess we know what happened to Hamburg’s MXF technology!
Here is a summary of what’s new in version 10.1.4:
– Native MXF import, edit, and export with Pro Video Formats 2.0 software update (also works with Motion)
– Option to export AVC-Intra MXF files
– Fixes issues with automatic library backups
– Fixes a problem where clips with certain frame rates from Canon and Sanyo cameras would not import properly 
– Resolves issues that could interrupt long imports when App Nap is enabled
– Stabilization and Rolling Shutter reduction works correctly with 240fps video
For more information about the new MXF support, you can view the following article:
Hard to categorize this as either a feature or maintenance release. I’ll go for feature release simply because of the support for MXF natively and export to AVC-Intra MXF files. Neither will affect me, but they are features that are very important to the higher end of the editing market.

Jon Chapelle of Digital Rebellion has noted that the support for MXF is much wider than just Pro Apps. What is interesting is that the MXF components seem to be QuickTime based, rather than AV Foundation, probably for historic reasons.

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  • BenB · December 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Seriously? This is all? Apple is getting more and more lame with the FCPX updates. No audio mixer? No serious collaboration tools? WTF? As a trainer and long time, die hard FCP defender, I’m finding it more and more difficult to justify a half developed NLE after three whole years…


    • Jon · December 3, 2014 at 4:23 am

      You’re kidding right?

      File based delivery to broadcasters is the way it’s going whether you like it or not.
      MXF is the preferred wrapper set out se by the EBU.

      Export MXF out of X? Fu**in’ A ! 😀

  • Raúl F. Ballester · December 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I agree. It’s absolutely disappointing. No roles development, no better audio mixing tools. I’m a FCPX user since 10.0.3 and I’m really getting pesimistic about this software.

  • patrice freymond · December 3, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Seriously ?

    This is GREAT news for us as most of our workflows are MXF and the vanishing of the Hamburg Pro products was a concern.

    PLUS, lots of Avid rooms around us and maybe a shared Avid server in the future. So direct access to DnxHD files a bonus.

    This does address some very important needs for us.

    Now, where is my Motion roundtripping 😉 ??

  • Seanus · December 3, 2014 at 5:00 am

    do we know if it’s officially supported by Yosemite yet?

    • Author comment by Philip · December 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

      There has never been an issue on Yosemite. FCP X 10.1.3 worked just fine.

  • Ché Baker · December 3, 2014 at 5:27 am

    ahhh, while I welcome the updates… it just seems priorities are a little mixed up.
    Still no Search field on the IMPORT window?
    Thumbmail column in the Browser list view?

    Still, I like the way the updates keep flowing…

  • Author comment by Philip · December 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Pay attention folks. If you look carefully at this upgrade (as I’ve now had time to do) you’ll notice it’s “all around the edges”. There isn’t a feature that is in the core app. The new MXF features are critically important for FCP X to fit into the world of broadcast television, particularly in Europe.

    Keeping in mind that I know nothing of Apple’s future plans – at most we are invited to a pre-release *when it affects the XML* – but having an update that doesn’t really involve the core app (other than bug fixes) really suggests that there is significant work being done on that app. Work that doesn’t easily fit into a couple of spaced out releases. Like happened with the restructuring of the app from Events and Projects to Libraries.

    • Ollie Kenchington · December 4, 2014 at 12:42 am

      I agree with Philip. There is no new code here, not even Yosemite UI elements. There are probably more major changes due next year. I wish people would stop taking every opportunity to slam Apple on FCPX. We could all still be stuck on FCP7 guys! *shudders at the thought*

    • Charlie · December 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      X- Actly! 🙂 The whining about this update is deafening. And short sighted. Oh well…

  • tootuncomin · December 3, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Well for me. The .MXF was a real pain. But I tried it out this morning and the conversions are lightening fast and importing thousands of.mxf files weekly for me. Means that it’s one less step I have to do to get on to my editing. And by the way FinalcutProX has rocked since it was released.

  • Robin S. Kurz · December 7, 2014 at 9:16 am

    You still have yet to bow to my superior knowledge. ;-P 😜



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