Apple Takes the Wraps Off Video Editing Software Final Cut Pro X

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Apple has unveiled the latest version of its popular movie-making and video-editing software, Final Cut Pro X, which will go on sale for $299 in June as a download via the Mac App Store.

Revealed at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas, the software will include new features such as background rendering, the ability to edit footage while importing it and an enhanced user interface. Also offered will be 64-bit computing support optimized to take advantage of multi-core processing and large amounts of RAM, including Apple’s Grand Central Dispatch technology. In addition, editors will be able to preview clips by skimming them with their mouse, and will enjoy auto-detection features that recognize specific shot types and the presence of people onscreen.

Improved cataloging and organization options will additionally let editors tag video clips for easy media searching, as well as join clips into compound film sequences that can be moved about a timeline. Enhanced postproduction features further allow for improved audio, coloring adjustments and special effects.

The move to an online storefront may seem surprising at first blush. But with more bloggers, vloggers and amateur users working with video and making professional film editing a mainstream hobby, it’s not exactly paradoxical for the professional-level editing suite.