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Apple Unveils Final Cut Pro X Updates
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, August 26, 2020 @ 03:00 AM (EST)

Apple has released a major update to Final Cut Pro X as well as Motion and Compressor. Final Cut Pro 10.4.9—which is available as a free update for existing users—makes it easier to manage proxy workflows, which is crucial when handling high-resolution formats, or when collaborating remotely. You can now create proxies in ProRes Proxy and H.264 “in dimensions as small as 12.5 percent of the original” and place proxy media, images, and audio on an external or network-attached drive.

The update also brings new social media tools for automating video cropping for social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat. The new version also features workflow and performance improvements, and better handling of 360-degree video. You can now adjust ProRes RAW camera settings, and play and edit Canon Cinema RAW Light, while transcoding 8K RED RAW video to ProRes 422 is now up to three times faster.

Final Cut Pro X can be purchased on the Mac App Store for $300.
 



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Final Cut Pro X updated with significant workflow improvements
The new update to Final Cut Pro X streamlines remote workflows and makes editing for social media easier than ever

Today Apple is updating Final Cut Pro X with powerful new features designed to enhance remote workflows and speed up editing for content creators. Improvements in creating and managing proxy media provide editors with portability and performance when working with large resolution formats, or when collaborating remotely. New social media tools automate video cropping in square, vertical, and other custom sizes for popular social media platforms, and new workflow improvements enhance the versatility and performance of Final Cut Pro — making the Mac stronger than ever for all video editors and motion graphics artists.

Enhancements to Proxy Workflows

Now, more than ever before, users are editing remotely across a wide range of locations. Today’s update to Final Cut Pro includes major improvements to proxy workflows that make libraries more portable and streamline remote work with large, high-resolution files. For the first time within Final Cut Pro, video editors can create proxies in either ProRes Proxy or H.264 in dimensions as small as 12.5 percent of the original. They can also consolidate proxy media, images, and audio to an external or network-connected drive. A Final Cut Pro Library can even be relinked to proxies already created for added flexibility. Editors can now link to proxy media generated by third-party applications via XML. Examples include Frame.io, a cloud-based creative collaboration platform for review and approval, plus asset management tools like Keyflow Pro and PostLab. If proxy media is not available for some clips, users can adapt workflows to display either the original file or an optimized version.

Improvements in proxy media workflows deliver portability and performance when working with large, high-resolution formats or when collaborating remotely.
 

Automated Tools for Social Media Cropping

Today’s update to Final Cut Pro makes the experience of delivering social media content easier than ever. Using machine learning, clips in a project can now be automatically analyzed for dominant motion and intelligently cropped with Smart Conform to convert them into square, vertical, or any other sized video — perfect for popular platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. Transform Overscan reveals media outside the crop boundary when adjusting scale, rotation, and position, which allows storytellers to easily reposition the crop. Video editors can also add a Custom Overlay to guide them when placing text and graphics within a non-landscape frame.

Social media tools make cropping video in square and vertical sizes incredibly easy when producing content for platforms like Instagram and Snapchat.
 

Editorial Workflow Improvements

Video professionals can now work even more efficiently with a series of new workflow improvements in Final Cut Pro. ProRes RAW camera settings, such as ISO, color temperature, and exposure offset are exposed in the inspector for the first time. Editors can also apply audio crossfades on adjacent clips in one simple step, use a new context menu to close a project or clear timeline history, and sort clips and projects in List View according to the last date each file was modified.

This release also introduces significant performance improvements with new Metal-enabled plug-ins for RED RAW and Canon Cinema RAW Light. Transcoding 8K RED RAW video to ProRes 422 is up to two times faster on Mac Pro, and up to three times faster on MacBook Pro.1 And for the first time, Final Cut Pro editors can play and edit 8K Canon Cinema RAW Light.2 

When working with 360-degree video, editors can quickly stabilize stereoscopic 3D video and view footage in the 360-degree Viewer with separate streams for each eye. They can also start working immediately with remote content while it is downloading in the background from web-based asset management applications, such as the Frame.io workflow extension.

Audio crossfades can be applied to adjacent clips in one easy step.
 

Updates to Motion and Compressor

Motion now offers professionals a whole new range of possibilities for creating stunning effects and graphics. Creators can import third-party 3D models or choose from a built-in library of 3D models in the USDZ format for use in titles, generators, effects, and transitions. They can even use behaviors or keyframes to manipulate the position, rotation, and scale of a model, and take advantage of existing replicators, emitters, lights, and cameras for further creativity. 

Also included in today’s Motion update is the new Stroke Filter, a tool that automatically outlines an object or text element using its alpha channel. Editors can customize outlines by animating their offset, applying multiple stroke filters to the same object, or using the gradient tools to create multiple strokes with different colors. This enables motion graphics artists to create dazzling animations and effects while avoiding the time-consuming work of outlining elements by hand.

Compressor is also updated today with support for custom LUT effects, the ability to use Camera LUTs to convert log-encoded footage to SDR or HDR outputs, and other workflow enhancements.
 

Motion now offers support for 3D objects, adding visual impact to graphics and helping editors increase the quality of their videos.
 

Compressor adds support for custom LUTs so a creative look can be added to a clip as part of the encoding process.
 

Pricing and Availability

Final Cut Pro 10.4.9 is available today as a free update for existing users, and for $299.99 (US) for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.4.6 and Compressor 4.4.7 are also available today as free updates for existing users, and for $49.99 (US) each for new users on the Mac App Store. Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $199.99 (US). All users can download a free trial of Final Cut Pro X. For more information, please visit: apple.com/final-cut-pro.

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