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Rumor: Apple Completed a 64-Bit Final Cut Pro 8, But Canned it for FCPX

Rumor: Apple Completed a 64-Bit Final Cut Pro 8, But Canned it for FCPX

Apple didn’t receive many hugs or handshakes after releasing Final Cut Pro X earlier this year, with many consumers unhappy with the approach Apple took on the software, abandoning a lot of features for a new, simpler interface.

Things could have been different, however, reports Cult of Mac (via FCP.co), as RHED Pixel founder Richard Harrington claimed in a recent interview that Apple had in fact completed a new 64-bit Final Cut Pro, but ultimately scrapped the project in favor of Final Cut Pro X.

Harrington states:

There was a Final Cut 8 and it was 64bit and it was done and they looked at it and said ‘This is not what we want to do, this is evolutionary, this is not revolutionary’ and they killed it.

Video of Harrington’s interview was pulled from the web shortly after his comments were publicized, suggesting that Apple wasn’t too happy with what he had to say (whether it was true or not).

It’s also worth noting that, while there hasn’t been any significant evidence to back up Harrington’s claims, there’s also no good reason to disbelieve him. In the end, this will go down as one of the many unsolved mysteries of Apple.

  1. JG says:

    I don’t know if the rumors are true or not.  What I do know is that I’ve got half a dozen editors who are still upset about the current state of Final Cut.  Particularly after so many evangelized FCP over Avid only to be left feeling like the rug had been pulled out from under them.

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