Proof that FCP X is really just iMovie - directly from Apple

Steve Hullfish
By Steve Hullfish 06.26.11

If you still have doubts that FCP X is really just iMovie on steroids - and the fact that the first thing it asks to import from IS iMovie and that's not enough of a clue - then take a very close look at the launch screen for FCP X.

This is supposed to be a BRAND NEW APP, as Apple has said numerous times in defending itself that FCP X is NOT the next version of FCP7.

I think most viewers agree with that.

But the launch screen says that FCP X is ... VERSION TEN DOT ZERO ... but of what?

I have to write that out in words and all caps, because otherwise, FCP X v1.0 looks an awfully lot like FCP X v10.

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But if you look at the number of releases for iMovie, then version 10 as it becomes FCP X is just about right.


Don't believe me? Look at the LATEST VERSION OF iMovie! What's the version number on that, you ask?

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This is PERFECTLY consistent with the way Apple names and numbers their products. Remember Mac OS9. I still have the discs around here someplace. Anyway, the next version of Mac OS 9 was Mac OS X and the VERSION number was Mac OS X version 10.0.

Fast forward a few years and we're up to iMovie '11 version 9.03 and the next version is called FCP X and the VERSION number was FCP X version 10.0. The corollary is perfect.

Now, this doesn't mean that FCP X is worse. I happen to love Mac OS X. Never complained about it. It was far superior to Mac OS 9 in exactly the same way that FCP X is far superior to iMovie 9.

FCC Disclaimer: I bought my own version of FCP X. The fact that it is currently useless for professionals is in no way influenced by the fact that I spent $399 of my own money on the unbundled FCP X apps. If Apple had given me the app for free I probably would have written glowing things about it, though.