Magic Bullet Looks Now Works with Final Cut Pro X

Magic Bullet Looks FCP X

I neglected to note this last week when I wrote about the Final Cut Pro X version 10.0.3 upgrade; however, one of the many fixes provided in the update was a hurdle that Red Giant had with implementing Magic Bullet Looks in Final Cut Pro X.

I’ve been using Magic Bullet Mojo with FCP X since it was released.  Simple, clean and smooth integration with the FCP X interface.  Now that Looks is integrated with FCP X, I’ll be using it on some upcoming projects.  In what little I’ve played around in it, I’ve been overly pleased with the interface.  I’ll let you know if there are any problems as I use it more, and I welcome your thoughts as well.  So far though, so good.

Magic Bullet Looks is only $199 through tomorrow, Feb. 7 (that’s half off).  Coupon code LOOKSFCPX50 required. The FCP X Looks upgrade is free for existing Looks users.

Check out the video from Red Giant below. [Read more...]

Will Final Cut Pro X Be Officially Released at WWDC 2011?

On Monday, June 6, WWDC 2011 kicks off in San Francisco with Steve Jobs on stage at 1PM ET.  Of course, the consumer topics of iCloud, iOS 5 and OS X Lion are at the top of the buzz list; however, those who have been waiting patiently (or, impatiently for some of us) since the Final Cut Pro X teaser in April may not have to wait much longer either. [Read more...]

Canon EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro Updated

Canon 1D Mark IV

Ahead of NAB 2011, Canon has announced an update to the EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro.  If you aren’t familiar with the plug-in, it aids with importing .mov files from Canon DSLRs. It transcodes the files to Apple ProRes 422 much quicker and easier than using MPEG Streamclip, which is what we used before the plug-in originally came out.  The plug-in works with files from the Canon 1D Mark IV, 5D Mark II, 7D and 60D.

One of the previously frustrating features of the plug-in is that you have to maintain the folder structure of the CF card on which the files were captured – even if you move the files to your hard drive before you import the footage.  The updated version will make this process easier and allow users to import files from any folder “without needing to mirror the folder structure on the camera itself.”

Although many FCP users have developed a consistent workflow to accommodate this file structure when importing Canon EOS movie files, it will be a welcomed change to take this superfluous step out of the workflow.

Version 1.2 of the EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro will be available to download for free on April 25, 2011.  Watch the front page for the link as soon as it is available.

Final Cut Pro Update Due Spring 2011, Hailed as a “Jaw-Dropper”

When the 5D Mark II busted onto the scene in 2008, the footage from the camera amazed the masses.  However, working with the footage in post-production wasn’t the friendliest of tasks.  If you wanted to properly edit the footage in Final Cut Pro, you first had to transcode the files using MPEG Streamclip or some other method in order to get a file format that was workable in FCP.  Canon later sped up the process by making the Plugin-E1 available for importing 5D, 1D, and 7D footage into FCP – it worked quite well; however, it’s still a time-consuming process.

Then, Adobe introduced Premiere Pro CS5, which allowed us to simply drop files in the timeline and start editing – a big boon for HDSLR editors.  It’s a 64-bit program that makes very efficient use of system resources.  My 2.5-year-old Windows machine is able to playback color corrected video with effects and no need to render first.

Many NLE users see Apple’s Final Cut Pro as lagging behind.  Fear not though.  The next Final Cut Pro version is coming and, according to Larry Jordan (producer, director, editor and Apple-Certified trainer), it’s a “jaw-dropper.”

Jordan says he was invited to Apple, along with the “Who’s Who of leaders in the post-production community,” to check out the new version of Final Cut Pro.

Elsewhere, TechCrunch has word of the same preview event and has heard quotes from those who have seen the software program running, calling it “the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago.”

As someone relatively new to the video scene, I’m very anxious to see what Apple has in store for us with this Final Cut Pro update.  I mainly work with HDSLR video, simply because that’s what I started with and that’s what I still use on a regular basis.  I’ve used Media Composer 5, Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express over the past year; however, when I chose to buy a NLE as my go-to editing program last year, I went with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 because of how well it works with HDSLR footage.

While I like FCP’s interface, it’s just too slow no matter what machine I’m using it on (MacBook Pro, iMac or Mac Pro).  I’m hoping to see the FCP update step up and match or exceed Adobe’s capabilities with Premiere Pro CS5.

I recognize that there are many other improvements desired by those working on much larger projects than my short ones. However, I would venture to say that the 5D Mark II and its lineage of HDSLRs have been solely responsible for numerous purchases of Premiere Pro CS5.  Here’s to hoping Apple jumps on the bandwagon and makes the latest FCP just as attractive for those of us shooting with HDSLRs . . . ’cause I’m Jonesin for a good reason to pick up a new Core i7 MacBook Pro.

[via Larry Jordan & TechCrunch]