Final Cut Pro 7 is Officially DEAD!

Final Cut Pro 7

Final Cut Pro 7 is Officially DEAD!

It finally has happened, Final Cut Pro 7 is officially dead. Apple announced that FCP 7 will not be supported the latest MAC OS upgrade High Sierra. I was a long time hold out and was editing and finishing for clients on Final Cut Pro 7 as recently as last year.

I started editing on Final Cut Pro  2 and never looked back. Final Cut Pro 7 gave me the power to open my own post house, something the very overpriced AVID was not interested in doing. Final Cut Pro started the “edit your own work” revolution. The extremely powerful and affordable software gave indie filmmakers the power to edit their own films, shorts, and projects. Even David Fincher and the Coen Brothers dumped AVID for the power and freedom of Final Cut Pro 7.

Then Apple released, arguably one of the worst software launches in history, FCP X. The outrage from the post community was deafening. The software was nothing like the beloved Final Cut Pro 7 and really didn’t work that well. Though FCP X has come along over the years, it has never matched the love and success that Final Cut Pro 7 had.

So what’s next then? I know many of you are probably editing on Adobe Premiere, or AVID but the new kid on the block that is taking the post world by storm is Davinci Resolve. Known as the industry standard for color grading, Blackmagic Design (owner of Resolve) has now added an incredible editing and sound design package to the software that is a game changer. Resolve 14, which is currently in beta, is going to take over the post world in my opinion.

Blackmagic Design, DaVinci Resolve 14, DaVinci Resolve

Credit: Blackmagic Design

I recently edited my feature film “This is Meg” and the Legendary Pictures Show “The S.P.A.A.C.E Program” completely on Davinci Resolve. Unlike FCP 7, I edited, color graded, did some lite sound design and delivered the film and show all within Davinci Resolve. Check out the video below to see how and why I made the jump.

So for all you Final Cut Pro 7 users out there searching for the next editing system you’ll call home, Davinci Resolve is waiting for you. BTW, did I mention the software is free? Click here to download.

I wanted to say my final good bye to my old friend FCP 7. You helped me build a business, a career and was my main tool in my post toolbox. Thx you for everything. You will be missed, my friend.


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  • Nouman Ali

    Hi guys, I wish that Apple keep FCP 7 alive because I see FCPX is very very complicated layout and surface it has not too much remarkable changes made in FCPX accept look, but FCP7 is a buddy and I started my career with FCP 4.5 version and recently I managed to work on FCP 7 with Sony Alexa ProRes XQ codec and did few projects with flexibility by keeping QuickTime codec library updated, and trust me FCP7 never made me disappointed it always worked for brilliantly. But now when I heard this news that FCP7 is dead and will not support with latest version of OSX this is the sad news for me because I will move on with DaVinci Resolve rather than FCPX… I believe Apple should look into this otherwise they will loose their fans.