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News on Final Cut Pro X

Dear Incoming Film & Media Arts MA and MFA Students,

As you may know by now, Apple has introduced an entirely new architecture for Final Cut Pro. FCPX is not an upgrade of Final Cut Pro 7, which is no longer sold (nor is Final Cut Studio).

FCPX has generated a lot of antagonism among professional editors, but also a lot of rumors, and in the last few days more reasonable heads are doing more in-depth investigation of the program to help inform the community about the real strengths and weaknesses of the program.

American University School of Communication Professor Brigid Maher and I are now testing FCPX ourselves and we expect to have recommendations about the new Final Cut within the next week or so.

We ask that you be patient before committing to the new FCPX (for the reasons above and also because we are waiting to hear back from Apple about educational discounts for you).

If you are interested in following the discussion I highly recommend that you browse


Larry Engel

Associate Professor • School of Communication • American University

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Faculty Affiliate • Center for Latin American and Latino Studies