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If you find yourself pressing the Caps Lock key accidentally as much as I do, note that you can disable it entirely in Mac OS X. Open the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, click the Modifier Keys button, and in the dialog that appears, select No Action from the Caps Lock pop-up menu. You could remap it to another modifier instead, but that might make using differently configured Macs more difficult.

 

 

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Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1

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Apple took a lot of fire from the professional video editing community when it released Final Cut Pro X. The software was a dramatic rewrite that introduced many improvements but lacked some core features that pros demanded from a high-end video application (see “Apple Starts Over with New Final Cut Pro X,” 22 June 2011). The latest update, Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1, may seem like a minor increment based on its version number, but it’s actually a hefty update that reveals Apple is listening — and prioritizing — based on that feedback. Project and event information can be exported and imported using an XML interchange format. A new Roles tag enables editors to identify and export selected “stems” (media elements) from a project. Support for Xsan returns, too, enabling teams to work on assets stored on a shared server. A Camera Import SDK will make it easier for camera manufacturers to streamline import of media from several types of cameras. Apple also notes that two important feature omissions, multicam editing and broadcast-quality video mirroring, are coming in “early 2012.” Also significant: A 30-day trial version of Final Cut Pro X is now available from Apple’s Web site. The company also released ProApps QuickTime Codecs 1.0.1 for users of Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4. (Free update from the Mac App Store, $299.99 new)

 

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Comments about Final Cut Pro X 10.0.1

Lester Smithson  2011-09-27 16:57
It has gone from imovie-semipro to imovie pro. It is great for the youTube editors out there, but serves no function for real professional work environments (features, TV, docs, commercials). Mac has made the same mistake they made a long time ago by creating a closed system architecture. But in a professional environment, we are sharing and working in large groups, different houses, ADR stages, etc. We colour correct. Sound mix. Share files. Share media. We have different drafts for different purposes. And we certainly don't render years of work inaccessible. FCPX CAN NOT do any of this. It is a toy with zero professional applications.