Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor Updated

Anthony Caruana
14 April, 2015
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Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor with new features for motion graphics and enhancements to accelerate video editing, packaging and delivery.

Final Cut Pro 10.2 introduces 3D titles and native support for more camera formats, as well as GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing. Motion 5.2 extends this with the ability to create custom materials and environments and instantly publish them to Final Cut Pro X. Compressor 4.2 makes it easy to package a movie for sale on the iTunes Store.

Final Cut Pro 10.2 lets video editors create 3D titles with drag-and-drop and includes templates to get started quickly, as well as cinematic templates with built-in backgrounds and animations. Users can choose from a set of text styles to customise the look of their titles with hundreds of combinations of materials, lighting and edges, and instantly convert 2D titles to 3D and see changes in real time. Final Cut Pro 10.2 also lets editors view up to four video scopes simultaneously, for more precision when colour grading, and includes improved Shape masks on any effect that can be saved as presets for quick access later.

Apple has also expanded Final Cut Pro support for more video formats, including Panasonic AVC-Ultra and Sony XAVC-S, and makes working with RED RAW files faster with GPU-accelerated transcoding, playback and rendering—including support for dual GPUs on Mac Pro.

Motion 5.2 offers even more options for 3D titles, allowing users to create dynamic titles with multiple lights and cameras, as well as multilayered scenes with 3D titles that cast more realistic shadows and reflections on other objects. 3D templates are coming soon from developers including Ripple Training, motionVFX and FxFactory. These seamlessly in the new versions of Motion and Final Cut Pro. Motion also includes 12 new generator effects, improved keyframing and enhanced controls for mask and shape creation.

Compressor 4.2 simplifies the preparation of a movie for sale on the iTunes Store. Simply choose the movie, trailer, closed captions, and more, and Compressor creates an iTunes Store Package, which users can submit to an iTunes Delivery Partner for sale on the store.

Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2 and Compressor 4.2 are available today from the Mac App Store for recommended retail price AUD$379.99, AUD$64.99, and AUD$64.99 respectively to new users.  Update are free for existing customers.


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