Apple has just released an update to Final Cut Pro X, their executive video editing software suite, which adds multi-camera syncing and broadcast monitoring suport. Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 also includes enhanced XML, so it can talk with third-party plug-ins more easily. As always, there's a bunch of great audio, animation, and color correction tools in there which professionals have come to rely on.
So, okay, okay, maybe Final Cut Pro X is a little overkill for something shot on your iPhone 4S, especially with iMovie available right on the device, but if you're knee-deep in the Apple lifestyle, maybe you like adding an extra layer of polish to your mobile videos. Or if you just shot your new music video with a four iPhone setup and need that new multi-cam sync. (Hey, it happens!)
Even though Final Cut Pro X is clearly built for, well, pros, it's still interesting to see some people kit out their iPhones with all manner of video-enhancing accessories. While I can't speak much to the quality of those videos versus something done with a "real" camera, I still admire folks who try to close the gap. A full-blown version of Final Cut Pro X on iPad -- even the iPad 3 is still the stuff of legend, but I'd love to see a bunch of mobile companion apps to enhance desktop publishing. Adobe's done a lot of stuff like this, and I think a similar strategy for Apple would be a great way to keep an iPad in the workflow. Even if Apple doesn't take up the call, maybe the enhanced XML support will enable third parties to make some cool iPad companion apps for Final Cut Pro X. There are just so many separate panes and menus to keep in order when editing video, that it would be nice to shunt a few of the less vital ones to a separate display. Full press release after the jump.
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