Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor Alongside New Pro Marketing Push

Alongside today's new marketing push to try to win back professional video editors, Apple has released updates for Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor. While Motion and Compressor have seen mostly minor tweaks and bug fixes, Final Cut Pro X has received a somewhat more substantial update including support for the new Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution.

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- Final Cut Pro [Mac App Store]

What's New in Version 10.0.8

- Support for Sony XAVC codec up to 4K resolution
- Option to display ProRes Log C files from ARRI ALEXA cameras with standard Rec. 709 color and contrast levels
- Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render
- Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects
- Time reversed clips render in the background
- Ability to use key commands to adjust Clip Appearance settings in the timeline
- Ability to view reel number metadata located in the timecode track of video files
- Mono audio files in a surround project export with correct volume levels
- Drop zones no longer reset to the first frame of video after application restart
- Fixes a performance issue which resulted from selecting multiple ranges on a single clip
- Fixes an issue where the Play Around function did not work properly on certain clips when viewed through external video devices

motionlogo- Motion [Mac App Store]

What's New in Version 5.0.7

- Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render
- Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects
- Fixes a stability issue when splitting layers in the timeline
- Fixes an issue where launching a plug-in with a check box could require multiple clicks
- Fixes a stability issue with CoreMelt plug-ins

compressor- Compressor [Mac App Store]

What's New in Version 4.0.7

- Removes 1GB file size limit for uploads to Vimeo
- Fixes a stability issue when playing back certain MPEG-2 files
- Fixes a stability issue in Qmaster when processing multiple jobs

In addition to the updates for the core Final Cut apps, Apple has also released an updated set of ProApps QuickTime Codecs for Final Cut Pro X users.

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Top Rated Comments

nitro912gr Avatar
147 months ago
if apple really care about the pro users, they can show it with a new mac pro.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cassiar Avatar
147 months ago
This is great news!

As a pro using FCPX. It's great to see all these updates (now at 8!) in the last 2 years.

I can honestly say, after being initially skeptical at NAB when it was released, FCPX is the fastest NLE on the market. I can get to the heart of the story and really play around with the edit. It truly is the future of editing.


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(3.4GHZ Core i7 iMac, 32GB Ram, 3TB Fusion, 680MX 2GB NVIDIA, R4 Pegasus RAID) x2
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
eric/ Avatar
147 months ago
That's good. I'd like to see Apple focus more on it's pro users, and maintain that user base and product line.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Icaras Avatar
147 months ago
Uggh, release Logic Pro X already. :(
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
basesloaded190 Avatar
147 months ago
What's the point? I thought everyone already abondoned FCPX? ;)
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ateslik Avatar
147 months ago
This is all great and fine. No Mac Pro update aside, the real problem is actually much bigger than just Final Cut. The real problem is the future of quicktime itself.

There is no future for Quicktime on Windows. Apple has discontinued it. There is no Quicktime X for Windows. So how will all the content generated from Apple products be delivered to non-apple platforms - e.g. the other 80% of the computing population? Do I really need to encode an H264 AVI and an H264 MOV going forward for every media file I want people to be able to watch?

And lets not even start about the cluster-F that is quicktimes color handling across platforms. Apple's insistence on not offering a mode where quicktime player doesn't touch color at all is infuriating when you are trying to deliver content to a wide audience. Quicktime puts a wash over the whole thing, and there is no silver bullet fix. So then you get things like the Blend/Straight Alpha workaround, which introduces aliasing in full screen mode, so now your color is better - no perfect - but your content looks terrible.

If Apple is serious about catering to professionals they have a lot of cleaning house to do. At this point they are the cusp of complete abandonment.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)