Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 and Motion and Compressor Updates Now Available on Mac App Store

Apple today released Final Cut Pro version 10.4.1, the latest update to its professional video editing software that it previewed last week.


The update is available from the Mac App Store free of charge for existing users, while Final Cut Pro remains $299.99 for new users in the United States. The update may still be in the process of appearing for some users.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 introduces a new ProRes RAW format, which combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the performance of ProRes, a lossy video compression format developed by Apple for post-production.
With ProRes RAW, editors can import, edit and grade pristine footage with RAW data from the camera sensor, providing ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows. And with performance optimized for macOS, editors can play full-quality 4K ProRes RAW files on MacBook Pro and iMac systems in real time without rendering. ProRes RAW files are even smaller than ProRes 4444 files, allowing editors to make better use of storage while providing an excellent format for archiving.
The update also adds advanced closed captioning tools that allow video editors to view, edit, and deliver captions from right within the app.


Apple says Final Cut Pro users can import closed caption files directly into their project or create them from scratch. Captions appear in the viewer during playback and can be attached to video or audio clips in the timeline, so they automatically move with the clips to which they're connected.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 release notes:

Closed Captions
• Import caption files into a Final Cut Pro project to automatically create time-synced, connected captions in the timeline
• See captions directly in the Viewer
• Use the Inspector to adjust text, color, onscreen location, and timing
• Create captions in multiple languages and formats in the same timeline
• Use the new Captions tab in the Timeline Index to search text, select captions, and quickly switch between different versions of your captions
• Attach captions to audio or video clips in the timeline
• Extract embedded captions from video to view and edit the captions directly in Final Cut Pro
• Send your project to Compressor in a single step, making it easy to create a compliant iTunes Store package with audio and video files, captions, and subtitles
• Validation indicator instantly warns about common errors including caption overlaps, incorrect characters, invalid formatting, and more
• Embed captions in an exported video file or create a separate caption sidecar file
• Share captioned videos directly to YouTube and Vimeo
• Support for CEA-608 and iTT closed caption formats

ProRes RAW
• Support for ProRes RAW files lets you import, edit, and grade using pristine RAW image data from the camera sensor
• RAW image data provides ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows
• Enjoy smooth playback and real-time editing on laptop and desktop Mac computers
• Highly efficient encoding reduces the size of ProRes RAW files, allowing you to fit more footage on camera cards and storage drives
• ProRes RAW preserves more of the original image data, making it an ideal format for archiving
• Work natively with ProRes RAW or ProRes RAW HQ files created by ATOMOS recorders and DJI Inspire 2 drone

Enhanced export
• The new Roles tab in the share pane displays title, video, and audio roles in a single, consolidated interface
• Quickly view and choose roles to be included in exported video files
• Roles settings and enabled/disabled states from the timeline are carried through to the share pane
• Embed closed captions in a video file or export a separate captions sidecar file in CEA-608 and iTT formats

Apple has also updated Final Cut Pro's companion apps Motion and Compressor with ProRes RAW and closed captioning features respectively. Likewise, the updates are now rolling out on the Mac App Store.

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21 months ago
Nice update. It’s great to see Apple committed to its Pro customers.

Makes me sad they decided to abandon Aperture.
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21 months ago
I’m glad they are still updating Motion but I wish they would REALLY work on Motion to make it compete with After Effects. I know AE is the industry standard but I’m only competing with myself and I personally find Motion better/faster in many ways. If Apple added only a few more features and Trapcode found it worthwhile to support with their plugins, I wouldn’t need to use After Effects at all.
Rating: 6 Votes
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21 months ago
Also imovie updated but what about the ios app its not even X optimised
Rating: 4 Votes
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21 months ago

It bugs me that I need to upgrade to high sierra...Why wouldn't Sierra be enough for this small upgrade?


Sucks for us at the Enterprise level when we are restricted to 10.12
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21 months ago

Nice update. It’s great to see Apple committed to its Pro customers.

Makes me sad they decided to abandon Aperture.

So true! My favorite App - still using it. Hope it will live few OSX versions more :rolleyes:
Rating: 3 Votes
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21 months ago

Do you think Apple will release a major update to Motion at some point?

Motion 5 was released in 2011...

Seriously!

Look at what the company MotionVFX https://www.motionvfx.com/ ('https://www.motionvfx.com/tutorials/dotacje_eu/Dotacje_EU.pdf') has developed for Motion (and FCP). I have mObject now and the beta for the next major update looks incredible! [MEDIA=youtube]OTeb3RSxnwQ[/MEDIA][MEDIA=youtube]DfcKpa2HieE[/MEDIA]
Rating: 2 Votes
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21 months ago
It bugs me that I need to upgrade to high sierra...Why wouldn't Sierra be enough for this small upgrade?
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21 months ago
This update is now restricted to 10.13.2 or higher. Everyone still on 10.12.6 are out of luck!
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21 months ago

Nice update. It’s great to see Apple committed to its Pro customers.

Makes me sad they decided to abandon Aperture.


Me too! :( AP was/is a great app. I'm still using it, but its days for me are numbered because I went with a Sony mirrorless and AP doesn't recognize the files. I'm evaluating Capture Pro One 11. It feels very similar to AP, but I don't like how I can't write the keywords to the original file. I don't run a business so my shots are purely family & wildlife. You can write the keywords to files you output however.

As for FCX, it's nice to see the updates! I hope they keep it alive.
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21 months ago
Has Apple not heard of RED? I am sure that RED use a form of RAW, and this RED R3D files are a nightmare to edit if you have less than a $100 000 imac pro and plenty of external gpu units...Why was it RAW and not RED?? Sadly this was not a great update, the closed caption function is great.

Still no audio mixer slider function, more bloatware for the 2 people that wanted VR/360...The same bugs and irritations from 10.0.0 still alive and well...

You cannot zoom into the clip in the browser when in listview...
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