What it is: The latest version of Final Cut Pro offers virtual reality support, which hints at the future.
Virtual reality (VR) has been a niche market despite the number of companies and money poured into it. That’s because there’s little practical sue for virtual reality, especially when you have to strap a VR headset over your face. Yet virtual reality has a future and that’s why Final Cut Pro now offers VR editing support.
Final Cut Pro is a standard program for professional film editing including major Hollywood blockbusters, so adding VR support makes perfect sense because the only way VR will ever take off is if people can make VR video to display in those VR headsets. By adding VR support, which most users will probably never need or even use, Final Cut Pro is simply preparing for the future when VR finally does become a profitable market.
Virtual reality is certain to become a driving force in society one day. It’s just that it may take years or even decades like artificial intelligence took. In the early days of artificial intelligence research, little progress was ever made beyond simplistic expert systems that could only handle a limited domain of knowledge and took too long to update and create, making them generally obsolete and useless. Now today’s artificial intelligence dominates products with voice activated assistants like Siri and machine learning.
The same will happen to virtual reality as well. It’s coming. It’s just coming a lot slower than most people thought, but when it does arrive, Final Cut Pro will be ready.