Apple's Final Cut Pro X was upgraded and the computer maker's most popular size laptop was fitted with a high-resolution Retina display, making it ideal for video editing and photography. Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 is available on the Mac App Store at $299.99—though the upgrade is free. FCP X requires OS X 10.6.8 or later on Mac computers. The FCP X upgrade expands multichannel audio files directly in the timeline for precise editing of individual audio channels. It includes a new unified import window, which allows users to transfer media from both file-based cameras and folders of files. A redesigned "Share" interface was added, offering users the ability to export projects and range selections to one or more destinations.
Apple upgraded its line of professional Macintosh computers, including introducing a new high-end laptop and increasing the power of the venerable desktop Mac Pro. Most of the news from the WWDC conference was on the portable side, with the Mac Pro essentially a routine speed and power upgrade. Apple told the New York Times a major re-design of the Mac Pro might come early next year. The big news was a new portable. Apple introduced a new 15-inch MacBook Pro featuring a Retina display, all flash storage and quad-core processors in a thinner and lighter design than previous models.
Broadcast journalists now have a new way to capture, edit and deliver full HD stories from the field that is more affordable than traditional satellite services and reaches beyond the boundaries of microwave. Exede Newsgathering is a new service based on a satellite system created by ViaSat. Terminals can either be vehicle-mounted or transported in a luggage-sized carrying case. The service is available in the U.S. now on a select basis with general availability by the end of this year.
Dutch broadcasters Xite (www.xite.nl) has users implementing ToolsOnAir's "TV Station in a Mac Mini" into their video playout service. The Amsterdam-based music TV and on demand platform for cable and IPTV networks is one of several early adopters of ToolsOnAir's broadcast server solution. The company uses just two Apple Mac Mini computers to run their 24/7 video playout service. "We replaced our entire proprietary hardware system with a pair of Mac Minis, with two spares for backup," said Luc Vleugels, Xite's Product Manager. "With the ToolsOnAir solution, we have a far more flexible and more future-proof solution than we had before, for a fraction of the cost."
Avid has announced a new version of its Studio editing suite for Apple's iPad. A scaled down version of the full applications, users assemble video clips in a Storyboard view, and use tools like the Precision Trimmer to make more exact cuts. Completed videos can also contain photos and audio. In add cases, media is pulled either directly from an iOS library or an externally connected device.