I finally got some hands-on time with Final Cut Pro X, and I really like what I’m seeing. Now that 10.0.1 is out, theres a clear road map of what’s to come: the XML import opened the door to any number of import/export plugins, and support for broadcast monitor support is already in beta testing at BlackMagic and Aja. Apple has pledged multicam support in 2012, but let’s be honest, thats a really small subset of editors.
The way projects and media are organized is a huge, huge improvement over the old way of doing things, but there are still a few shortcomings, like not being able to manually reconnect clips one by one, and if you need to share projects within a group, it’s still a mess. But it gives me hope that we could see an upgrade that meets or exceeds what Final Cut Server used to do, sooner rather than later.
And XSAN support is a go right out of the box, so that further encourages me that Apple is still behind XSAN.
If you’re part of a department, you’re still going to have to wait a while, but if you’re a solo editor, a freelancer, etc, you really should give it a try, there’s a free trial available now. But remember, this isn’t just an upgrade– everything is brand new, so you should pick up a book at the same time. The Apple Certified book by Diana Weynand will be shipping any day now, in print and Kindle edition.