Apple is updating it’s Final Cut Pro X with powerful new features designed to enhance remote workflows and also added a performance boost to editing for content creators. New improvements in creating and managing proxy media provide editors with portability and performance when working with large resolution formats, or when collaborating remotely.
There are also new social media tools that automate video cropping in the square, vertical, and other custom sizes for popular social media platforms, and also new workflow improvements to enhance the versatility and performance of Final Cut Pro. So your Mac gets stronger than ever for all video editors and motion graphics artists.
The new social media automation tools using machine learning, so you can now clips in a project can be automatically analyzed for dominant motion and intelligently cropped with Smart Conform to convert them into a square, vertical, or any other sized video. It’s really perfectly good 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. Also, video editors can add a custom overlay to guide them when placing text and graphics within a non-landscape frame.
The new workflow improvements in Final Cut Pro allows video professionals to now work even more efficiently. In 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, by using a new context menu to close a project or clear timeline history, and sort clips and projects in ListView according to the last date each file was modified.
The new update for Final Cut Pro also introduces significant performance improvements with new Metal enabled plug-ins for RED RAW and Canon Cinema RAW Light. Now transcoding an 8K RED RAW video to ProRes 422 is up to two times faster on Mac Pro (when using 28-core Intel Xeon W-based Mac Pro with 384GB of RAM and dual Radeon Pro Vega II graphics with Infinity Fabric Link and 32GB of HBM2 each), and up to three times faster on MacBook Pro (when using 8-core Intel Core i9 and 64GB of RAM and Radeon Pro 5600M graphics with 8GB of HBM2, and configured with 8TB of SSD).
Now for the first time in Final Cut Pro, editors can play and edit 8K Canon Cinema RAW Light.
When it comes to working with 360-degree video, editors can now quickly stabilize stereoscopic 3D video and view footage in the 360-degree viewer with separate streams for each eye. They were also able to work immediately with remote content while it’s downloading in the background from web-based asset management applications such as frame.io workflow extension.
New updates to Motion can offer professionals a whole new range of possibilities for creating stunning effects and graphics. Now creators are able to 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 also take advantage of existing replicators, emitters, lights, and cameras for further creativity.
In Motion update, it’s also included with Stroke Filter, a tool that automatically outlines an object or text element using its alpha channel. Editors were customized outlines by animating their offset, and applying multiple stroke filters to the same object, or using gradient tools to create multiple strokes with different colors. This will allow motion graphics artists to create dazzling animations and effects while avoiding the time-consuming work of outlining elements by hand.
New updates to Compressor, can 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.