Apple Launches Updated Version of Final Cut Pro X With Optimizations for Upcoming Mac Pro

Monday October 7, 2019 10:24 AM PDT by Juli Clover

Alongside macOS Catalina, Apple today announced the launch of an updated version of Final Cut Pro X, which is optimized for the upcoming Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR that goes along with it.

The new version of Final Cut Pro X has a new Metal engine that's designed to take advantage of the power of the new ‌Mac Pro‌ while also delivering performance gains across a wide range of Mac systems.


Apple says the new Metal-based engine improves playback and accelerates graphic tasks like rendering, real-time effects, and exporting.

On the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which Apple says is the most popular system for Final Cut Pro X users, the software is up to 20 percent faster. On the iMac Pro, the software is up to 35 percent faster.

As for the ‌Mac Pro‌, Final Cut Pro X is 2.9 times faster at rendering than the previous 12-core ‌Mac Pro‌ and 3.2 times faster at transcoding. Final Cut Pro X also takes advantage of the Afterburner card in the new ‌Mac Pro‌ for "unparalleled performance" when working with ProRes and ProRes RAW.

Final Cut Pro X works with the Sidecar feature in macOS, which is designed to allow the iPad to work as a secondary display for a Mac.

Other new features added to the software are listed below:

- Grade high dynamic range video with enhanced color mask and range isolation tools.
- View high dynamic range video tone-mapped to compatible standard dynamic range displays when using Final Cut Pro, Motion or Compressor on ‌macOS Catalina‌.
- Select which internal or external GPU is used to accelerate graphics processing.

Apple is also releasing updates to Motion and Compressor with the same new refreshed Metal engine that offers performance optimizations for the ‌Mac Pro‌ and Pro Display XDR.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 is a free update for existing users, while new users can download it for $299.99 from the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]

Motion and Compressor are each priced at $49.99. [Direct Link: Motion] [Direct Link: Compressor]

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
25 weeks ago


I’ll never forgive Apple for destroying FCP.

2011 called, they want their pitchforks back.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
25 weeks ago
There is an irony in Apple, having released FCP X in 2011 and openly snubbing the television and film industry that FCP 7 had made huge inroads into, should release a version of FCP X optimized for a computer that only those editing major films and TV series could hope to afford.

Don't get me wrong, I am a certified trainer for FCP X, I recently used it to cut a feature-length film. I both understand and appreciate the power of the software. I also recognize that very, very few editors doing the work I do are willing to take the time to relearn their trade in order to use FCP X. I would love to see what FCP X can do on a new Mac Pro but I am cognizant of the fact that none of the local post production houses in town that use FCP X (and there are at least 3) will be buying Mac Pros for the work they do.

In other words, nice effort Apple, however you have spent 8 years alienating the very people you are hoping will take advantage of this.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
25 weeks ago


I’ll never forgive Apple for destroying FCP.

-AE


LOL!

Well as a long-time user of both, you def are missing the point.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
25 weeks ago
I’ll never forgive Apple for destroying FCP.

-AE
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
25 weeks ago


I’ll never forgive Apple for destroying FCP.

-AE


FCP X is fantastic. I can see why Apple had to start over and I'm glad they did. It was a painful transition for some but you always had the option of remaining on Final Cut Pro 7 through the transition.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
25 weeks ago


I still use FCP 7 everyday and I work for a big media company.
A lot of us in the industry do.
FCPX rather then being a improved upgrade was a typical apple watered down refresh removing key features and changing the UI so much that it doesn’t even feel like a professional NLE anymore.

-AE


I don’t know anyone who uses FCP 7 anymore. For a couple years after the transition your points made sense. But now FCP 7 is a dinosaur and probably natively incompatible with almost all new codecs and resolutions. Editing a 4K project (let alone in HDR spec) would either be imposible or one of the most painful convert, reconvert, convert processes ever.

If you make your living as an editor I’d say it’s really dangerous to still cling to FCP 7, because of you go somewhere else (or the company you work for/client) requests a modern deliverable, you’ll be starting from scratch in a new paradigm. I never hear anyone claim that FCP 7 has a single advantage over the current iteration of FCPX. I’m not trying to put your down, just maybe give you another nudge to get on board with current editing technology. Once you’re up to speed your editing pace should quicken by at least 50%, esp. due to the way FCP 7 rendered out clips as you waited.
[automerge]1570524293[/automerge]
How about FCPX for the iPad? How long are we going to be sold the “iPad Pro is more powerful than most computers” yet still lack the bread and butter apps that would make a good iPad useful (like a computer)?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

Apple Considering Delaying iPhone 12 Launch 'by Months'

Wednesday March 25, 2020 12:51 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is preparing to delay the launch of the 2020 iPhones expected to be equipped with 5G technology, according to sources with knowledge of Apple's plans that spoke to Japanese news site Nikkei. Apple has reportedly held internal discussions about the possibility of delaying the launch "by months" over fears of how well iPhones would sell in the current situation, and supply chain sources...

Apple Helps Source Over 10 Million N95 Masks for Healthcare Providers in the U.S.

Wednesday March 25, 2020 10:25 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple over the weekend announced plans to donate millions of N95 masks to hospitals in the United States and Europe, and according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple has been able to source more than 10 million N95 masks in the U.S. and millions more in Europe. Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Saturday that Apple was aiming to donate supplies to healthcare providers fighting COVID-19, and clarified...

Hands-On With the New 2020 12.9-Inch iPad Pro

Wednesday March 25, 2020 2:10 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple last week announced new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and as of today, the new iPads are arriving to customers. We picked up one of the new 12.9-inch models and checked it out to see just what's new and whether it's worth buying. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. When it comes to design, the new iPad Pro models are identical to the 2018 iPad Pro models, but ...

Kuo: Apple to Launch Several Macs With Arm-Based Processors in 2021, USB4 Support Coming to Macs in 2022

Thursday March 26, 2020 8:19 pm PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple plans to launch several Mac notebooks and desktop computers with its own custom designed Arm-based processors in 2021, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said today in a research note obtained by MacRumors. Kuo believes that Arm-based processors will significantly enhance the competitive advantage of the Mac lineup, allow Apple to refresh its Mac models without relying on Intel's processor roadmap,...

Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4 With New Mail Toolbar, iCloud Folder Sharing, Trackpad Support for iPad and More

Tuesday March 24, 2020 9:56 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 13.4, the latest major updates to the iOS 13 operating system that was released in September. iOS and iPadOS 13.4 come two months after the release of iOS and iPadOS 13.3.1 with Screen Time Communication Limits. The iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.4 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to...

Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.4 With Screen Time Communication Limits and Real-Time Apple Music Lyrics

Tuesday March 24, 2020 10:21 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today released macOS Catalina 10.15.4, the fourth update to the macOS Catalina operating system that was released in October. macOS Catalina 10.15.4 comes a couple of months after the release of macOS Catalina 10.15.3. macOS Catalina 10.15.4 can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for free using the Update feature in the System Preferences app. The macOS Catalina 10.15.4 update...

Apple Says MacBook Air With Retina Display Can Exhibit Anti-Reflective Coating Issues, Unclear if Eligible for Free Repairs [Updated]

Thursday March 26, 2020 8:16 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple this week acknowledged that MacBook Air models with Retina displays can exhibit anti-reflective coating issues, as indicated in a memo shared with Apple Authorized Service Providers and obtained by MacRumors. "Retina displays on some MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers can exhibit anti-reflective (AR) coating issues," the memo states. Apple's internal service documentation ...

Hands-On With Apple's New Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2020 iPad Pro Models

Tuesday March 24, 2020 12:38 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple last week introduced new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, which are set to arrive in the hands of customers starting this week. Apple introduced a nifty new Magic Keyboard with trackpad alongside the new iPad Pro models that's coming in May, but it also debuted a new Smart Keyboard Folio, which is available now. We picked up the Smart Keyboard Folio for the designed for the 2020 iPad...

Hands-On With the New $999 MacBook Air

Thursday March 26, 2020 1:45 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Alongside new iPad Pros last week, Apple also refreshed the MacBook Air, adding more storage, faster 10th-generation processors, and an updated keyboard. We picked up one of the new machines to take a look at some of the upgrades added in the 2020 update. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Design wise, there are no real external changes to the MacBook Air's body,...

Mobile Networks in Multiple Countries Display 'Stay Home' Message When Users Connect to Cellular Instead of WiFi

Tuesday March 24, 2020 3:46 pm PDT by Juli Clover
iPhone users in several countries who disconnect from WiFi on their devices will see a "Stay Home" message at the top of the Control Center where cellular network information is displayed. Image via Matt Navarra According to reports on Twitter, the status bar messages are showing up in countries that include Germany, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Peru, Turkey, India, Luxembourg, Romania,...