On Thursday, Dec 19, Apple released an important new update to Final Cut Pro X, its flagship editing program. The update is free for all current users of FCP X and available through the Apple App Store. We’re updating our Essential Training course to include this version. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of things you need to know about the update.
First, FCP X 10.1 requires OSX Mavericks, so if you’re on an older system, you’ll need to download and update Mavericks before you can update FCP X. Mavericks is also a free update from Apple, and we’ve got a great course to get you up to speed with the new features of this latest OS from Apple. As with all updates, it’s crucial that you back up your important data before proceeding. I’ve had no problem on my system, but there have been reports of problems with Mavericks upgrades, and it’s always better safe than sorry!
Apple has also changed the way FCP X handles media management. The old event-based system has been replaced with “Libraries” that can contain media, events, and even projects. This is a welcome change, and events are similar to Bins or Folders in other editing applications. Another great thing about the library system is that you don’t need to quit FCP X to move events around. Yay!
Other new features include project snapshots for duplicating and saving versions of current projects, and the ability to add fades to individual audio channels. The Ken Burns effect can now be customized a bit more by adding or removing its ease-in and -out behaviors. If you have tons of bandwidth, you can share 4K video files directly to YouTube. There are also a multitude of “under the hood” performance enhancements, including some specifically targeted at the new MacPro machines.
Our current Final Cut Pro X Essential Training covers FCP X through version 10.0.9. Most of the course is valid—aside from Media Management, which is very different. Stay tuned for updated training in the new year.