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Apple Patents 3D Video Editing

Apple filed U.S. Patent #8,631,047 on June 15, 2010. The patent that was granted on January 14, 2014 covers all the usual steps of stereoscopic 3D editing as commonly found in Sony Vegas Pro, Grass Valley Edius 7, and Adobe Premiere+After Effects.

Most probably, this is a sign Apple will introduce 3D editing in its next version of Final Cut Pro. Maybe in time for the next NAB in Las Vegas in March 2014?


Fancy Final Cut Pro with 3D?

While Apple is slow on introducing 3D in its FCP flagship editing suite, lots of 3D feature are available now through third parties such as Dashwood's Stereo3DToolbox.

End of the World for Existing 3D Edit Suites?

No. A large chunk of patent #8,631,047 claims describe how the second clip of a 3D stereoscopic pair inherits (or not) from effects, cuts, fades, and other properties from the first one. According to many people in the field, most of the claimed stuff has been in existence long before the Apple patent was filed, a fact that remove most of the claims' substance.

The Patent

Read the full patent #8,631,047 text on the US Patent Office's web site.