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BLOG: FINAL CUT PRO X 10.3, THE TOUCH BAR, AND THE NEW MACBOOK PROS


17th
NOV 2016


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RICK YOUNG
BLOG: Final Cut Pro X 10.3, the Touch Bar, and the new MacBook Pros
The entire FCPX Timeline can be displayed in the Touch Bar. With a glance to the Touch Bar, the editor has an overview of the Timeline - one can quickly jump to any specific area simply through touch. You can therefore display a zoomed, working area in the main timeline window with the overview in the Touch Bar - two representations of the same Timeline..

Im excited about the new MacBook Pros for one reason the Touch Bar.

At first I thought this could be a gimmick, nice but not essential. Then I researched further into how this will integrate with latest version of Final Cut Pro X 10.3.

The entire FCPX Timeline can be displayed in the Touch Bar. With a glance to the Touch Bar, the editor has an overview of the Timeline one can quickly jump to any specific area simply through touch. You can therefore display a zoomed, working area in the main timeline window with the overview in the Touch Bar two representations of the same Timeline..

To some, it may not matter whether the Timeline is on the main window or on the Touch Bar or available in both locations. For me, I remember another non-linear editor, long ago in the 1990s, called EditDV. This featured an overview of the Timeline at the top of the interface (a feature which I loved.) I also used to play a video game, more than 2 decades ago, called Defender this featured an overview display of the terrain where I would fly my rocket ship. This meant I always knew where I was going, as I could see the big picture and also an overview at the same time. This is the concept that Apple has integrated with the Touch Bar and Final Cut Pro X 10.3.

The Touch Bar does more than what I have written above. Heres the description from Apple of how FCPX 10.3 and the Touch Bar work together: While using Final Cut Pro X the Touch Bar lets users instantly switch between editing tools, adjust audio levels and tap into useful commands for trimming and playback. It will even display a color-coded, interactive overview of the entire timeline so users can navigate their project with the touch of a finger.

Im not excited about everything to do with the new MB Pros. Id like faster processors, or a new generation of processors, more than 16GB of ram, I will mourn the loss of the ports I currently use and dont like the idea of carrying around a selection of adapters to plug everything together. However, this is the price of the latest technology and the one thing I really want, which is the Touch Bar!

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