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16 angles of 4K playing back in a Final Cut Pro X multicam edit. How did the Press miss that one? We feature the videos from Apple's Special Event and a quick glimpse of that amazing multicam feat from the demos afterwards. 

Tuesday's Special Event by Apple was pretty strong on all areas. For us we were waiting for news about the new Mac Pro and FCPX 10.1. Neither were released, but maybe we saw a glimpse of the power of both in action.  

Before we dive into the roundup, we have to post a link to John Siracusa's excellent review of Mavericks over on Ars Technica. He recommends the upgrade for all, but especially for laptop users. Well worth a read, it's long at 24 pages, but very comprehensive.


Apple have posted the entire video from the Special Event on YouTube, the Mac Pro section starts at about thirty one minutes in.


At 35:35 in we get a shot of Dean Devlin sitting in front of FCPX running on the new Mac Pro. This is the best grab we could get. If only we had Rick Deckard's image editing tools, we would have been able to zoom in and sharpen it up!

mac pro fcpx devlin


Want to see how your new Mac Pro will get built? Apple have published the 'How it's made' section as a standalone video.



Next up is a video from the British newspaper The Guardian. Charles Arthur does a fairly decent job of talking about the new Mac Pro, but completely misses that FCPX is running 16 streams of 4K in a multicam edit.  There are a few short cutaways that show the box playing all the angles. Was this the new FCPX? we don't know, had we been there we would have majored on what exactly the machine was capable of doing and was this 10.1 running?

The content might be restricted to the UK.


Here's the 16 angle 4K timeline. Is that a dissolve in there as well?

mac pro fcpx 16 4k

And here's the sixteen angles of 4K playing at once!

mac pro fcpx 16 4k angles


TechCrunch failed to get the big story too. We were impressed by the way the Apple guy fires off all the stats until we saw that he was reading them off his iPhone!




We leave you with a few choice quotations from the official Apple Press release:

“The new Mac Pro is our vision for the future of the pro desktop, everything about it has been reimagined and there has never been anything like it,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new Mac Pro packs up to 12-core Xeon CPUs, dual FirePro GPUs, ultra-fast ECC memory, new PCIe flash storage, Thunderbolt 2 expandability and more into a radical new design that is one-eighth the size of the previous generation Mac Pro.”

“From the blazing fast performance of DaVinci Resolve to real-time video capture with UltraStudio 4K, Mac Pro is a revolution in pro desktop design and performance,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design.

“With the Mac Pro’s dual workstation-class GPUs, we’ve seen MARI run five times faster, creating a fluid painting experience that’s unlike anything we’ve seen. This kind of performance is a digital artist’s dream,” said Bill Collis, CEO of The Foundry.

“At 20Gbps, Mac Pro’s Thunderbolt 2 blows away anything on the market and completely changes the external storage landscape,” said James Lee, CEO of PROMISE Technology. 


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