Final Cut Pro 6/7 Project Support Is Never Coming To Final Cut Pro X

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Yesterday, Apple held a private briefing for enterprise contracts in London about Final Cut Pro X, and if you’re a Final Cut Pro X customer hoping that Apple will be patching in missing functionality like XML import and project support for Final Cut Pro 6 and 7, well, sorry chief: you’re just out of luck.

A summary of Apple’s remarks at the Final Cut Pro X briefing were posted to Twitter by aPostEngineer. Here’s the salient points:

1. FCP XML in/out is coming via 3rd party soon…no FCP 6/7 support project support coming ever it seems…

2. Ability to buy FCP7 licenses for enterprise deployments coming in the next few weeks… 

3. FCPX EDL import/export coming soon…

4. FCPX AJA plugins coming soon for tape capture and layback…capture straight into FCPX [events]. 
5. XSAN support for FCPX coming in the next few weeks… 
6. FCPX Broadcast video output via #Blackmagic & @AJAVideo coming soon… 
7. Additional codec support for FCPX via 3rd Parties coming soon… 
8. Customizable sequence TC in FCPX for master exports coming soon… 
9. Some FCPX updates will be free some will cost…

Essentially, the two big features people are clammoring for, Apple’s not going to address. If you want XML import or export, you’ll have to lay out for a third-party add-on. And don’t ever expect to import Final Cut Pro 6 or 7 project files. Apple’s moving on.

Another interesting concession is that Apple is going to allow enterprise customers to purchase additional Final Cut Pro 7 licenses. That ought to at least give professionals time to wait for Final Cut Pro X to be patched with enough third-party add ons to be a viable part of their workflow.

[via MacRumors]