Apple "rebuilt from the ground up" the new Final Cut Pro X, the company said in a statement, rather than adding a few features to the familiar interface from Final Cut Pro 7. For the digital-only release on Tuesday via the new Mac App Store, Apple reduced the price to $300 from $1,000. An Apple statement described the new version, in its signature grandiose marketing style, as "revolutionary."
But some outspoken video producers, who rely on the Apple program in their daily work, are staging a revolt. The backlash is not unlike what was seen when Apple released another retooled video-editing program, iMovie '08. In a flood of online postings, people who took an early dive into the program griped about the lack of important features from Final Cut's predecessors. For example, users can't easily edit multi-camera shots, layered audio tracks or projects started on older Final Cut versions, they say.
An Apple spokeswoman says the company plans to eventually add multi-camera and more advanced audio features. [ Read more.. ]