Just the other day, I downloaded the latest update to Final Cut Pro X and straight away I noticed that there were some sizeable changes. The first change that I noticed was that the import dialogs have completely changed. They look completely different and have gone all dark and moody. This change fits in better with the overall look and feel of the application. The new import dialog does look and work a whole lot better. The way that it works now, I think it is easier to find the files that you are looking for. At least, I got to the files that I wanted very quickly indeed.
Where did the Share menu go to?
When it came time to share out the video that I had just edited, I had to do a little bit of cursing while searching for the Share menu. In the previous version of Final Cut Pro X there was a Share menu towards the right of all of the menus. It was an easy place to find and go to for exporting out finished video. For some strange reason Apple have moved this menu to within the File menu. It does take a couple more clicks to get to share out your video, although in another way they have made it a little bit easier. There were a number of defaults already available within the new Share menu. Such as sharing out to YouTube and to Apple devices and at the bottom of the list of about six choices, you could add another destination.
I have Compressor installed and although I don’t actually use the application directly, I do use the compressor settings indirectly when sharing out of Final Cut Pro X. It was very easy for me to choose the appropriate setting to export out ready for sending to YouTube at 720p. The first time that I used this new Share menu, I thought that it had not worked. In the previous version of Final Cut Pro X there is a separate sharing application that pops up that with an indicator bar to show how the operation of transcoding of video is going. Luckily I checked in the Background Tasks window and I was able to see that the operation was in fact in progress. So the sharing has now gone in-house within Final Cut Pro 10.
Looking for other changes
I think I can be fairly sure that there will be other changes within this latest version of Final Cut Pro X. I may have to read some of the details regarding the latest update in order to be able to find them. When I do find more of them, then I will make more videos to explain how to use them.