It's no secret that many post-production professionals feel Final Cut Studio has been falling behind over the last two years. While Apple has taken its time developing a new version of its video suite, competitors like Adobe have jumped ahead with significant updates; some have even questioned Apple's commitment to its Pro apps and hoped that Final Cut Studio doesn't go the way of Shake.
As we reported yesterday, that is hopefully going change with Apple's announcement at the Final Cut Pro User Group SuperMeet on April 12, coinciding with the National Association of Broadcasters convention.
Everyone probably hopes for upgraded stability in Final Cut Pro -- unknown errors and trashing preferences don't belong in a modern Apple app. Perhaps we'll see some significant speed improvements from the kind of hardware acceleration already enjoyed by iMovie. Apple will likely improve native support for formats being used by DSLRs, new RED cameras and other formats from the rapidly-changing frontier of camera technology.
What else do you want to see? What needs to change to keep you from exploring other options? What's keeping you from switching to Final Cut Studio? Would you welcome a simplified UI inspired by iMovie and Lion or do you favor small modernizations and a unified UI across the suite? Do you expect that Final Cut Studio will change everything (again) or will the new version simply catch up to its competition?
Post your thoughts and suggestions in the comments, and we'll highlight some of the most popular and interesting ideas before the rumored official announcement on the 12th.