Final Cut Pro X Gets A Free 30 Day Trial, XML Import And A Lot Of Other Fixes

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Responding to mass rioting amongst its users, Apple promised as far back as July that they would eventually be restoring XML support in Final Cut Pro X. Now it’s finally here, along with numerous other improvements… but will this update finally drown out all the criticism?

Maybe not, but at least the addition of a 30-day free trial means no more users will drop $300 on Apple’s pro video editing software and be caught unaware by its omissions.

Obviously, the biggest addition in FInal Cut Pro X’s update is the ability to import and export project in XML, meaning that users can now take XML formatted projects from FCP7 and other editing software and edit them in FCPX. In other words, Final Cut Pro X just gained a semblance of backwards compatibility.

In addition, here’s what is new:

• Support for events and projects through Xsan, the company’s technology that allows multiple computers to concurrently access storage

• Support for media stems (or audio channeling). This lets users assign a “role” to media once it’s imported, so that when it’s time to export things like dialogue, sound effects and soundtracks, those exports can be done in a single pass.

• Custom starting timecodes

• Full-screen view toggle for Mac OS X Lion users

• GPU-accelerated export (was previously only CPU-based)

Final Cut Pro X 10.1 isn’t in the Mac App Store yet, but if Cnet’s already taken a look at it, expect it to hit the MAS sometime later today.