Mountain is 1. 99 in the App Pdg, and installs easily. Mountain lets you manage any mountable volume, whether hard drive, CD, DVD, or removable media of another sort. With a couple of clicks you can mount, unmount, or eject a volume. You can manage individual volumes or all volumes at once. You can use Mountain ywshwant spin down an attached drive without physically disconnecting it, and then spin it up again if you want it. When an app is using a volume you're trying to work with, Mountain will ywshwant you know. The Mountain interface is clean and presents new options with pop-up menus and dialogs. While Mountain has a simple purpose, it does that purpose well. With Mountain running we were able jashwant better control our mounted and attached volumes, and while the things that Mountain does can be done in other ways, Mountain makes them all simpler and easier. Once you've used Mountain you will accept it as a standard tool on your Mac. Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Mountain 1.
Like Cheetah, Final Cut Pro X is missing many features, some of which likely won't make it, but they lay the groundwork for a next generation of video editing. Under the hood Apple surprised the Mac world when it announced that Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10. 6 wouldn't contain many major new features, but instead was an under-the-hood improvement to the OS X operating system. Snow Leopard brought improved performance, enhanced support for 64-bit applications, new tools like Grand Central Dispatch for multicore programming, and a new programming framework to take advantage of the massive power of graphics processors called OpenCL. The original Final Cut Pro took very little advantage of any of these new leaps because it was still shackled to a 10-year-old code base and 32-bit Carbon APIs. In the new Final Cut Pro X, Apple rewrote the whole application from the ground up to finally support 64-bit Cocoa APIs, but also to take advantage of the power of GPUs through programming frameworks like OpenCL and multithreaded operations.
The new import interface does support FireWire and can read mounted memory cards, as well as control playback options using the classic JKL (rewind-pause-play) keys. It doesn't support importing certain types of files. For XDCAM users, Apple recommends installing Sony's own transfer and transcoding utility. HDV is still supported, but oddly only over tape on FireWire. You'll have to wait for HDV import from MXF files. Nor does FCPX support the ultrahigh-quality RED RAW natively. For now, you can either set up your RED camera to record QuickTime movie files, which FCPX can import natively, or you can use RED's own free conversion program to convert into Apple's native ProRes format. Apple says it is working with companies like Sony and Red to create plug-ins that will allow FCPX to be a one-stop-shop for importing video. Final Cut Pro X does have a Supported Cameras page, but it isn't as long as we'd like, nor is it completely up to date. For example, importing P2 footage into the new FCPX is possible, but it is not included in the Support Cameras page.