You might have seen we teased our Facebook page readers with a few images of PROCUTX last week. We are glad we held off publishing the story until now as the $24.99 app is now available on the App Store and is ready to use.
Pixel Film Studios has released PROCUTX, a $24.99 iPad application that can control a lot of the transport and dedicated functions of FCPX. There have been a few mock-ups and Kickstarter campaigns by other companies to get a product like this designed, but Pixel Film Studios seem to have usurped them all.
Made in conjunction with LightWORK Solutions (no, not that one you are thinking of, but ironic never the less) it looks like a lot of thought and effort has gone in to designing the control surface. Pixel Film Studios are also very keen to point out that this will be an evolving product with many cool new features such as SIRI control added in the future.
The normal price for PROCUTX is $39.99, but this is reduced down to $24.99 for the launch. Compared to the price of custom stand alone control surfaces, that seems like a bargain although you won't get any haptic feedback from the iPad.
So how good is PROCUTX? We have three licences to pass onto readers who want to do a short write-up or (better) a video on using the app. If you would like to be one of the reviewers, then drop us a line at editor(@)fcp(dot)co. Text or videos would have to be completed within a week. It would be great to see this in action, so over to you!
We are not a big believer in just copying and pasting press releases, but this one from Pixel Film Studios sums up all the features quite nicely.
Revolutionary Video Editing Interface
Built from the ground up to meet the needs of today’s creative editors, PROCUTX breaks free from the menus and tabs to streamline editor tasks. This application gives users control over all the FCPX editing tools in one clean interface, eliminating the need for clicking and searching through the Final Cut Pro X menus. From import to export, PROCUTX can speed up every step of the FCPX editing process.
Timeline Scrubbing at Your Fingertips
Using the main PROCUTX interface dial in the center of the iPad screen, editors can scan the magnetic timeline in their project by dragging their finger around the wheel. By moving their finger around the precision dial, users can move the playhead frame-by-frame along the timeline. PROCUTX also has buttons that allow editors to move forward or backwards to the cut points between their clips.
Control Your Editing Tools
With the Toolbox in the bottom left and main timeline dial, users can make all of their edits using just PROCUTX. Editors can quickly select, cut, and trim their footage without ever touching the mouse or keyboard. They can also manipulate the speed of their video using the retiming buttons in the top-middle of the iPad screen.
Color Grade Your Footage with PROCUTX
PROCUTX eliminates the need to click through tabs in the Final Cut Pro X Inspector to color correct images. Editors can control the Color Board’s exposure, saturation, and color using the powerful directional pad in the bottom right corner of the PROCUTX application.
Auto-Correction at the Tap of a Finger
Leaving the Final Cut Inspector behind, editors can auto-correct a clip’s white balance, color, and noise removal faster than ever with designated auto-correction buttons on the right side of the PROCUTX interface.
Multichannel Audio Editing at Your Fingertips
Edit multichannel audio — right on an iPad. At the simple touch of the button, access the Inspector to view details of any audio file, or hide them in the timeline. Easily disable individual channels or select ranges for timing and volume adjustments.
With the easy-to-use Compound Clip controls, users can group a complex set of elements and collapse them into a single clip just by tapping the button in the top-left corner of the PROCUTX interface. They can then open or break them apart later with the other designated buttons.
Streamline Importing and Sharing
Using the designated buttons in the top-right of the PROCUTX application, users can take care of all of their importing, exporting and rendering needs. The fast and easy interface allows users to accept and deliver files to and from Final Cut Pro X at the push of a button.
Near-Future plans for PROCUTX
- Siri-like voice command capabilities
- Multiple- iPad integration for separate color-grading, audio controls, effect controls
- Social Sharing capabilities
Just a final thought from us. You might have seen that we trailed a coupon code. This was a slight mix-up with the manufacturer and we cannot offer a discount on this product. Sorry for any confusion.