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'Dramatic and ambitious' new Final Cut Pro to debut this spring


TechCrunch reports that Final Cut Pro, Apple's professional video editing suite, is set for a major update this spring. According to TechCrunch, a small group of prominent video editors were recently invited to Apple's campus to try out the upcoming revamp to Final Cut Pro and give their feedback on it. If their reports are anything to go by, the next Final Cut Pro is nothing short of amazing.

One tester said the next version of FCP is "the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago." Another calls the next Final Cut "dramatic and ambitious." Exact details on the changes from the current Final Cut Pro software are sparse, but that could be because, as TechCrunch notes, the next version of FCP encompasses "everything from low level architectural changes to a complete redesign of the user interface."

A Final Cut Pro redesign shouldn't come as a total shock. Apple reportedly reorganized the Pro Software team in 2009 and promoted Randy Ubillos, who lead the ground-up redesign of iMovie '08, to its project manager position. Final Cut Pro was last updated in July of 2009, and after its release there were rumors that FCP engineers had left Apple. That caused many to fear that Apple had abandoned future development of the software. One user even emailed Steve Jobs in August 2010 about the future of Final Cut Pro. Jobs took the time to email the user a reply and stated that the "Next release will be awesome."

"Awesome," "dramatic" and "ambitious." That's a lot to live up to. The next version of Final Cut Pro is reportedly set to be released this spring -- around the time of the annual National Association of Broadcasters conference, according to TechCrunch.

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