FCP Speculation

Phil Hodgetts and Terry Curren devote their latest podcast (websiteitunes) to speculation about the upcoming Final Cut Pro 8, and what might have transpired at the super-secret demo that Apple held for 100 luminaries on Feb 17. The main takeaway: no viewer/source monitor (as in iTunes), no tape I/O, background rendering, all 64-bit, running on a new modern codebase that is no longer tied to Quicktime — and all purely speculative, of course. But it makes for interesting listening. The release is promised this Spring.

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5 Comments on “FCP Speculation”

  1. Loren Says:

    No Viewer/Canvas? Not happening.

    No tape I/O. Very unlikely they’ll remove that. Who comes up with these notions?

    No QuickTime? Unlikely. If anything, they’ll expand QuickTime X into a pro engine for an extra 30. enable.

    64-bit– yeah!

    That’s my take, plus some useful new commands we can map to the keyboard, like Export Still Image.

  2. alex Says:

    Phil Hodgetts sure seems to know a lot about Apple way of doing things.
    Lot of it is speculation but it’s backed up by interesting arguments. I learned a few things, for example, i didn’t know about AV Foundation at all.
    That looks very powerful and would solve a lot of the problem linked with quicktime (h.264, gamma shifts etc..)

    This looks like it’s going to be a make or break upgrade, fun times ahead and lots of internet arguments…

  3. At the risk of sounding overdramatic, if FCP 8 eliminates the Viewer, and doesn’t give editors at least an option to configure their workspace with one, it will be the death-knell for the software in feature post production.


  4. Steve Says:

    Yea, I’ve tried to find a way to accept this idea and I would agree — it ain’t easy to see it as an improvement. But I expect that there will be a lot of other interesting and challenging things in there, too.

  5. Mark Raudonis Says:


    OVERLY DRAMATIC? How about, “EXPECTED REACTION”. Coming from an industry where “touching film” is still considered the highest form of technical achievement, the notion that you’d be unwilling to consider ANY kind of change an improvement is NOT surprising.


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