Apple has dropped the curtain on the next generation of Final Cut Pro, their professional video editing software. Final Cut Pro X has been rebuilt from the ground up with 64 bit support and the ability to leverage every last ounce of computing power by utilizing Snow Leopard’s Grand Central Dispatch. Final Cut Pro X also features background rendering, so clips can be edited in real time.
Apple has also added support for 4k video using 8 cores as well as automatic color balance, shot detection, and audio clean up. Primary audio and video tracks are now locked together to prevent accidental un-syncing, and the timeline is now “magnetic” to curb clip collision. Many of iMovie’s features, like the filmstrip view, have been transfered over to Final Cut to make dealing with massive amounts of video much more sane.
Final Cut Pro X will be released in June for $299—a very reasonable price considering the competition.