Final Cut Pro has long been the go-to software for all our video production projects here at D5 Media and recently made the switch from version 7 to the brand new shiny 64bit X version.

While it’s true that the upgrade left a lot of useful features from its predecessor on the cutting room floor, the power and speed it brought to editing was a welcome addition. One of the more annoying omissions was the lack of dual viewers and its inability to remember in and out points for clips in the Event Browser.

Well it looks like Apple have listened to their customers because alongside all the new products and announcements made by Apple at the California Theater yesterday, they also rolled out a new update to its Final Cut Pro X software.

Inside v10.0.6 users will find an array of new additions and improvements, including support for RED cameras with native REDCODE RAW editing.

• Expand multichannel audio files directly in the timeline for precise editing of individual audio channels
• Unified import window for transferring media from both file-based cameras and folders of files
• Redesigned Share interface for exporting projects and range selections to one or more destinations
• RED camera support with native REDCODE RAW editing and optional background transcode to Apple ProRes
• MXF plug-in support that allows you to work natively with MXF files from import through delivery using third-party plug-ins
• Dual viewers, each with a video scope display, let you compare shots to match action and color
• Option to add chapter markers in the timeline for export to video files, DVD, and Blu-ray disc
• Range selection now preserves start and end points in the Event Browser and allows you to create multiple range selections on a single clip
• Paste attributes window lets you choose specific effects to copy between clips
• Flexible Clip Connections allow you to keep Connected Clips in place when slipping, sliding or moving clips in the Primary Storyline
• Add a freeze frame to your timeline with a single keystroke
• Drop shadow effect with intuitive onscreen controls to adjust position, edge falloff, angle, and more
• New controls for combining audio from multiple angles within a Multicam Clip
• Compound Clip creation in the timeline now saves the clip in the Event Browser for re-use in other projects
• XML 1.2 featuring metadata import and export for richer integration with third-party apps