Apple gives Final Cut Pro X some love

Macworld Australia Staff
28 October, 2016
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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.

A redesigned interface streamlines the layout of Final Cut Pro X to optimise screen space for MacBook Pro users, while a darker, flat look puts the focus on the content. Customisable workspaces lets users adjust window arrangements for different tasks such as organising, editing and colour grading – even across multiple monitors. Full support for wide colour workflows allows users to import, edit and deliver video in standard Rec. 601 and Rec. 709 colour spaces, or in wide gamut Rec. 2020 colour space.
Additional Features in Final Cut Pro 10.3:
  • 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.

Compressor 4.3 has a new dark look to match Final Cut Pro X and Motion. Enhancements to iTunes Store Package creation let users easily browse, verify and compress packages so they can be delivered to the iTunes Store faster and fully compliant. Wide colour support ensures end-to-end colour fidelity when delivering files in standard and wide colour spaces, and Touch Bar support simplifies common tasks like setting up batches and adding markers 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.

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