Apple launched their new Final Cut Pro X 10.4 alongside the iMac Pro. We're thrilled for the release of both. The iMac Pro can now connect to our Jellyfish shared storage without an adapter! This is great news for anyone wanting collaborative 4K editing in Final Cut Pro X. The new 10G port on the iMac Pro should provide similar speeds to those experience when connected to an adapter, but cost significantly less. Gone are the days of spending $600 just to get 10G speeds. Connecting a Mac to a Jellyfish has never been easier.
In his review of the iMac Pro, Thomas Grove Carter said "What I’m most excited about here is the 10GB Ethernet port." Thomas reported that, while connected to their Jellyfish Tower, he was able to play back 5K Red RAW footage back at full quality without dropped frames. To read more about Thomas' experience with the iMac Pro, check out his article on postPerspective.
The update to Final Cut Pro X came with a new integrated VR toolset, new color wheels & curves, and full support for HDR. However, something you may have missed, which is huge if you use FCPX with shared storage, was the addition of NFS support. Since FCPX Libraries have been able to run on NFS shares for a few years, you might be wondering why Apple is touting something that already seemed to work.
Prior to FCPX 10.4, if a Library was opened on one computer, it could accidentally be opened on another computer. In this case, one person would not be able to save their changes. This is HUGELY problematic. Thanks to the FCPX 10.4 update, Libraries on NFS shares are now locked, so only one person can have them open at a time. While this may seem like an insignificant feature, the ability to set proper permissions is very important to editing with collaborators. Thanks to this update, the integration between the Jellyfish and Final Cut Pro X is stronger than ever.