Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X with 2013 Mac Pro Compatibility, 4K Content

by

Alongside the start of online orders for the redesigned Mac Pro, Apple has released a major update for Final Cut Pro X. The program now supports optimized playback and rendering utilizing the dual AMD FirePro graphics chips found in the new Mac Pro, along with support for video monitoring at resolutions up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers. The update also includes 4K-optimized content, and a host of other additions and performance enhancements. Final Cut Pro X companion apps Compressor [Direct Link] and Motion [Direct Link] have also received similar improvements.

finalcutprox_dec13

What’s New in Final Cut Pro X version 10.1

Final Cut Pro X version 10.1 adds the following features:

- Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
- Video monitoring up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers
- 4K content including titles, transitions, and generators
- Libraries allow you to gather multiple events and projects within a single bundle
- Easily open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need
- Option to import camera media to locations inside or outside of a library
- Automatically back up libraries to a user-specified drive or network location
- Project Snapshots let you quickly capture the project state for fast versioning
- Audio fade handles on individual audio channels in the timeline
- Add precise retime speeds by entering them numerically in the timeline
- Non-rippling retime option
- One step Replace and retime
- Custom project frame sizes
- Through edits displayed on all clip types
- Join Through Edit command removes bladed cuts to clips in the timeline
- Detach audio with Multicam clips in the timeline to manipulate audio and video separately
- Make video- or audio-only edits into the timeline with Multicam Clips as sources
- Blade and move audio in J- and L-cuts
- Ability to roll audio with J- and L-cut splits open
- Option to hide the Event browser to gain more screen space for viewing
- Native support for .MTS and .MT2S files from AVCHD cameras
- Used media indicators on source clips
- Improved performance with large projects
- Improved performance when modifying or adding keywords to many clips at once
- Easily move, copy, and paste multiple keyframes
- Option for the linear animation with Ken Burns effect
- Improved image stabilization with InertiaCam and Tripod mode
- Import photos from iOS devices
- Proxy and playback quality controls accessible in Viewer menu
- Support for portrait/landscape metadata in still images
- Effects parameters, fonts, and text size included in XML metadata
- Improved support for growing media and edit while ingest
- API for custom Share operations using third-party software
- FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
- Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution

Final Cut Pro X is available in the Mac App Store for $299.99. The 10.1 update is free for current customers. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

MacUserUK Avatar
93 months ago
Now Aperture PPLLEEAASSEE
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mw360 Avatar
93 months ago
That ground-up rewrite not looking like such a bad idea now...
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chirpie Avatar
93 months ago

Why bother trying to fix something that's junk? and imovie has more.

Look back at FCP7 and see why people liked it and still use it, unless you have switched to sony V or Prem.

Put all the features that are in FCP7 and I might consider moving to X.
Ow and however came up with the idea that out can't open old projects
needs to come in to the real world, it shouldn't have to be left to third party software.

FCP was once a great product


Dude, it's not June 2011 anymore.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ppenn Avatar
93 months ago

Generally on a project of any decent scale you'll edit with"offline" lower res/lower bitrate material and then when finished relink to the higher quality material ---usually in a different program designed for finishing.

Most feature films you see in theaters and nearly all TV Shows are still edited with Avid's Media Composer with the occasional one being edited with FCP7. And they'll be dragged away from it only if necessary and kicking and screaming all the way. Only smaller independent filmmakers are really using premiere or FCPX at the moment - and there's not that many of them. In the commercial/corporate/educational/broadcast sector you would be closer to right as premiere and fcpx have been picking up a lot of steam there. However the need to work with 4K industry wide has really been nonexistent (other than needing a way to convert camera originals to "offline" - res---usually just plain HD and color grading/finishing software used in the relink process. Although now every major NLE supports 4K in some fashion we're still a few years out before it'll really be all that useful considering the lack of ways to see it - and even then most professionals will still elect to use an offline workflow to save on hard drive space and system overhead.

Hope that answers your question.

EDIT: seems like there's a bit of confusion on the other apps out there

For Visual Effects and compositing you'd see both after effects and Nuke being used at the professional level - though nuke is definitely more advanced. While theoretically possible in practical terms you'd never actual edit with them. There's also a few other applications used for this purpose such as Autodesk's Flame. 3d Modeling for VFX would likely be done in Maya though there's others as well

While were at it I mentioned software you use for the final relink or "conform" and color grading/finishing. The most commonly used ones are Da Vinci Resolve, Scratch, Lustre, and Baselight with Apple Color (RIP) and Adobe's Speedgrade being used here and there.


As far as "editing" goes, which most of you are referring to in the sense of just cutting the footage, you'd be surprised to find out that many motion pictures are still cut on Avid. With the power of the new Mac Pro and FCPX though, television shows, and motion pictures are slowly adopting the new work flow.

It's just like the film vs digital debate. Who's is going to be willing to be different than the past for the sake of saving time and money while still producing a great product.

People who say FCPX isn't for pro's, haven't actually used FCPX, and aren't willing to adapt their workflow.

----------

Why bother trying to fix something that's junk? and imovie has more.

Look back at FCP7 and see why people liked it and still use it, unless you have switched to sony V or Prem.

Put all the features that are in FCP7 and I might consider moving to X.
Ow and however came up with the idea that out can't open old projects
needs to come in to the real world, it shouldn't have to be left to third party software.

FCP was once a great product


Tell me what what features you use on a regular basis in FCP7 that aren't in FCPX???
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
YoGramMamma Avatar
93 months ago

I sort of understand what you're trying to say, but the point of my response was the misgivings of the newer version are largely dealt with outside of the traditional timeline vs magnetic approach.

The other poster was giving the same kind of response that's a stereotype shorthand for what is now a borderline ignorant viewpoint. (It's frustrating that people still think of X as iMovie Pro because the interface has some GUI similarities.)


I second this notion. I am glad to see people approaching FCPX with a clear and level mindset. I use FCPX every day (and have been since the day it came out) and I absolutely love it. I realize that it works great for my workflow, and that maybe that isn't the case with every "professional" but, I certainly consider myself a pro and FCPX is feature-rich and very capable imo.

I have a project fully edited in FCPX that nationally aired during this past Super Bowl, and another project for a major label artist that is on the front page of iTunes today, and plenty more professional level projects, all done in X. I constantly have to liaise with other post facilities for my work and using FCPX hasn't been an issue for me once.

The main reason people haven't switched away from FCP7 is because they're lazy or unwilling to learn something new. Period. Many people don't like slowing down their workflow to learn something new, and understandably so, but it's really a sign of stubbornness on behalf of the editor versus the software being incomplete imo. I have two roommates who also work in post and all but swear by Premiere, and will bash FCPX anytime they get the chance. But I can tell you that they have never taken the time to put FCPX through the paces long enough to learn what it does and how it works. Premiere is close enough to FCP7 in how it works, so they just went that route. They never read a manual or used an tutorial, or even looked over my shoulder while I'm working with FCPX and are clueless to probably 90% of what its capable of doing. This I have found to be common among anyone who truly bashes FCPX now days (it was a different story back when it first launched in 2011). They have simply mentally written it off because of what they've heard about it.

Let me be clear that I am not bashing Premiere, I do like it... just not better than FCPX. I could go on and on about what I like about it (including the magnetic timeline which I simply fill with a slug for my editing and edit solely from secondary timeline, which gives you much more freedom and alieviates most of people's main gripe with it) ... but I'll just leave it at that.

I'm very eager to see how well this new Library system simplifies my workflow. I just wish apple would add one tiny feature i really want... color labeling of clips on the timeline :/
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RednBlue Avatar
93 months ago

Now Aperture PPLLEEAASSEE

Copy that!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

16inchmacbookpromain

Kuo: New MacBook Pro Models to Feature Flat-Edged Design, MagSafe, No Touch Bar and More Ports

Thursday January 14, 2021 9:32 pm PST by
Apple is working on two new MacBook Pro models that will feature significant design changes, well-respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in a note to investors that was obtained by MacRumors. According to Kuo, Apple is developing two models in 14 and 16-inch size options. The new MacBook Pro machines will feature a flat-edged design, which Kuo describes as "similar to the iPhone 12" ...
foldable iPhone concept feature

Apple Testing In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for iPhone 13, Foldable iPhone Also in the Works

Friday January 15, 2021 1:46 pm PST by
Apple has started "early work" on an iPhone that has a foldable display, according to a new report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Though testing of a foldable iPhone has begun, Apple has not committed to releasing a device that has a foldable display. Development has not yet expanded beyond a display and Apple does not have full foldable iPhone prototypes in its labs. Like foldable...
iphone x camera close

iOS 14.4 Will Introduce Warning on iPhones With Non-Genuine Cameras

Thursday January 14, 2021 8:07 am PST by
In the second beta of iOS 14.4 seeded to developers and public testers this week, MacRumors contributor Steve Moser has discovered code indicating that Apple will be introducing a new warning on iPhones that have had their camera repaired or replaced with aftermarket components rather than genuine Apple components. "Unable to verify this iPhone has a genuine Apple camera," the message will...
iP12 charge airpods feature 2

Hidden iPhone 12 Hardware Feature Could Still be Unlocked

Thursday January 14, 2021 2:51 am PST by
All iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models purportedly have a hidden reverse wireless charging feature, according to an FCC filing. The feature has not yet been activated, but could yet be unlocked for an upcoming Apple accessory. The FCC filing suggests that iPhone 12 models contain the hardware for Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) to accessories: In addition to being able to be charged by a...
Top Stories 43 Feature

Top Stories: MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and iPhone Rumors, Best of CES 2021

Saturday January 16, 2021 6:00 am PST by
This week was sure a busy one in the Apple world, with a flurry of announcements out of CES early in the week followed by a rash of Mac- and iPhone-related rumors later in the week. The new rumors this week included details on updated MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro models, as well as a few other tidbits, so make sure to read on below to get caught up! Kuo: New MacBook Pro Models to...
iphone 5s black slate

Images of Unreleased iPhone 5s in Black and Slate Shared Online

Sunday January 17, 2021 9:47 am PST by
Twitter user @DongleBookPro has today shared images of a prototype iPhone 5s in an unreleased Black and Slate color. The iPhone 5s was launched in September 2013. The device featured Touch ID, a 64-bit processor, and a True Tone LED flash for the first time. Other new features included a five-element lens with an f/2.2 aperture, a 15 percent larger camera sensor, Burst Mode, and Slo-Mo...
Apple TV Ray Light 2 Triad

Apple Extends Free Apple TV+ Trials Until July

Friday January 15, 2021 10:50 am PST by
Apple is once again planning to extend its free Apple TV+ trial subscriptions, this time until July. When Apple TV+ launched in November 2019, Apple offered free Apple TV+ subscriptions to those who purchased a new Apple device in or after September 2019. Those free subscriptions were set to expire in November 2020, but in October 2020, Apple announced that it was extending free trials...
pat gelsinger intel

Incoming Intel CEO Derides Company's Inability to 'Deliver Better Products' Than Apple's M1 Chip

Friday January 15, 2021 6:17 am PST by
Incoming Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has said that the company must "deliver better products" than Apple, which he described as a "lifestyle company," and says that Intel's best days are "in front of it" (via The Oregonian). Speaking at an Intel all-hands meeting yesterday, Gelsinger derisively implied that Apple is merely a "lifestyle company," so Intel must be able to surpass its technology: ...
mac pro mini feature

Apple Working on Two New Mac Pro Desktops, One of Which Will Be Reminiscent of Power Mac G4 Cube

Friday January 15, 2021 10:23 am PST by
Apple is developing two versions of the Mac Pro to succeed the Mac Pro that was first released in December 2019, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The first updated Mac Pro is a direct successor to the current Mac Pro and it will use the same design. It may also be equipped with Intel processors rather than Apple silicon chips, and it could be one of the sole machines in the Mac...
macbook pro 16 inch thunderbolt

Bloomberg: Next-Generation MacBook Pro to Offer Improved Displays, Faster Charging Over MagSafe

Thursday January 14, 2021 11:36 pm PST by
Following today's report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo outlining major changes for the next-generation MacBook Pro models coming in the third quarter of this year, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has weighed in with his own report corroborating some of the details but seemingly differing a bit on others. First, Gurman shares more details on the return of MagSafe charging to the MacBook Pro, indicating...