Yes, I know. Final Cut Studio 3 is out…

… and there are no mentions of H.264 real time editing. Actually, the whole update took me off guard. I was expecting it to come after Snow Leopard and be optimized to use Open CL so they could show some insane benchmarks. Seems like I was wrong again.

Nevertheless, I still believe real time editing of H.264 in FCS will be possible soon. My source was just too confident about it (and well informed) for me to drop the ball.

Anyways, I am not going to cover the various new features, others have already done a great job at it. Instead, I will act as if it never came out, at least until my bank account recovers from my recent purchases…

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  • I think that FCP allready is prepared for Snow Leopard. That kind of new feature looks really like an pre-implementation of Open CL ?

  • Ben

    From what I’ve read, the H.264 improvements will be dependent on QuickTime X in Snow Leopard, so aren’t available now presumably. Whether they’ll be instantly applicable once Snow Leopard arrives, or will require a further FCP update, is anyone’s guess. Still some wait, unfortunately….

  • sb

    read this from scott erickson re: why editing native h264 is always going to be problematic…and get the cool prores conversion droplet

    • admin

      @sb: while I understand his reasoning, you could argue that you should only edit in FCP and leave all the transitions and effects for post editing in AE, using a TIFF export. This is the solution recommended to get the best results but it might be a little bit too much work for simple projects or stuff delivered to the web.