First sneak peek FinalCutPro 8

1 Apr

UPDATE: just got more infos … more updates tomorrow

UPDATE 2 : Video shows how some stuff in FCP 8 works (right at the end of this post)

UPDATE 3: more new facts and a new video (right at the end of this post)


UPDATE 4: now that is a real one! (for real) … (6th of April)

“Rumors are flying that Apple will be using the Vegas Supermeet to announce the next version of Final Cut Pro.”

… So that would be April 12th … (Tuesday)
more infos:


UPDATE 5: now that is another real one! (for real) … (6th of April)

FCPUGNetwork: “The Final Cut Pro User Group Network is excited to have a very special guest presentation at the 10th Annual Las Vegas FCPUG SuperMeet. Come to see a surprise sneak peek at something very special – you really do not want to miss this one!”


Well … after months and months of speculation and waiting today the curtain did drop, at least a lil bit.
Some first screenshots and feature-details “leaked” into the Video-Editing-World:

I’ve got the info yesterday, but was in the edit-suite all day … so i had no time to “look into” that. And there was an NDA till this morning 12:01am anyways 😉

Well what can i say it seems like some fears getting reality.
The interface looks very familiar. First big change: it will be a more mouse editing oriented  NLE-App … one more step into iOS direction i guess.

Good thing though: FCP8 will be more integrated with Motion & Co. Not just templates & “send/link to” in a drop down menu. How far this integration goes is not specified publicly yet.It will be an App Store only app … you can buy all FinalCutStudio Apps standalone or in one package – pricing will be Announced. Apple will have a Special Event one week after NAB on 19th of April.

Some first Screenshots:

Key-Features are:

– 64 bit App

– Background Rendering

– GPU acceleration

– can use up to 64 GB Ram and all CPUs avalible

– native H.246 and R3D support including RED EPIC / HDRx and many other codecs

– new Title tools

– Quicktime Pro 11 / AV Foundation with OS X Lion

– 3D editing mode

– ProResLT, ProRes 422, ProResHQ 422 ProRes 4444, all 12bit YUV only

– Blu-ray, CNN iReporter,  Vimeo, MySpace support

– Single Screen / Window App

– new Edit mode’s (called “Freehand” and “Magic-Mind””)

Thats it … many more infos to come soon …

So is all that a good thing? … well … as Apple claims: the new FCP will be for the mainstream of Apple’s customer base…



so here is a lil screen capture to show how some new stuff works in FCP 8 🙂



new Video  –  Larry Jordan answers questions. (LINK)

Oh and one new Fact: it’s all an April Fool … sorry 😉

…but c’mon:

– H.246 ??

– Quicktime Pro 11 ??

– 12bit YUV only ???

– Blu-ray & MySpace support ???

– Single Screen / Window App ???

– new Edit mode’s (called “Freehand” and “Magic-Mind””) ???

… we still have to wait and see wat will come this or next year … for now i like FCP 7 🙂


4 Responses to “First sneak peek FinalCutPro 8”

  1. DC 01/04/2011 at 14:36 #

    Looks like Avid and iMovie had a baby and called it FCP8. That spec list looks really good tho, if this isn’t an April Fools post.

  2. chris 01/04/2011 at 16:40 #

    haha, good one ;P

    You should’ve photoshopped “imovie” out of the pictures though 😉

    • Michael 01/04/2011 at 22:40 #

      well its the iMovie mode 😉 … as soon as you open iMovie projects 😛

  3. Florian 01/04/2011 at 18:23 #

    I seriously hope that’s an April joke.

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