Among the news surrounding the new MacBook Pro Apple also introduced an update to its professional video editing app, Final Cut Pro X.
New features include new editing options for the Magnetic Timeline, support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro and a redesigned interface with full support for wide colour workflows.
Apple also released updates to Motion and Compressor.
“This is our biggest update to Final Cut Pro X since we completely redesigned it five years ago,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing.
With the new Magnetic Timeline in Final Cut Pro X, users can understand their film at a glance with customisable arrangement and colour coding of audio clips based on type or ‘role’ — such as dialogue, music and effects. It’s simple to create and assign roles, and give each one a unique colour. And in a first for pro video software, users can simply drag to instantly rearrange the vertical layout of their timeline or highlight specific audio roles while editing.
While using Final Cut Pro X the Touch Bar lets users instantly switch between editing tools, adjust audio levels and tap into useful commands for trimming and playback. It will even display a colour-coded, interactive overview of the entire timeline so users can navigate their project with the touch of a finger.
- flow transition creates invisibly smooth jump cuts
- remove Attributes allows users to easily delete or reuse select effects across multiple clips
- timecode overlay effect and generator allow users to edit with a large view of source timecode;
- support for ProRes MXF, Panasonic V-Log and export of AVC-Intra, and
- direct video output via Thunderbolt 3 enables high-quality video monitoring on an external display with a single cable.
Motion 5.3 features a sleek new interface with support for wide colour workflows and 3D text enhancements that improve the performance and realism of 3D titles. The new Align To behaviour lets users easily connect separate objects to create advanced animations, and Touch Bar support provides easy access to a wide range of interactive tools on the new MacBook Pro.
Pricing and availability
Final Cut Pro 10.3 is available as a free update today for existing users, and for $499.99 including GST for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.3 and Compressor 4.3 are also available as a free update today for existing users, and for $79.99 including GST each for new users on the Mac App Store. For more information visit: apple.com/au/final-cut-pro.