Final Cut Pro Now Supports iPhone 15 Pro's Log-Encoded Video

Apple today updated its Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and iMovie apps for the Mac with support for log-encoded video shot on iPhone 15 Pro models.

iPhone 15 Pro lineup
On the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, you can choose between HDR, SDR, or Log color encoding when recording ProRes video. Log footage typically has a higher dynamic range and more color grading flexibility than linear footage.

Apple also updated Final Cut Pro for the iPad with the same support.

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Top Rated Comments

Fortimir Avatar
11 months ago

I do photography - is LOG a fancy word for RAW, uncompressed video?
No. LOG is basically an recording profile that looks extremely washed out and flat (more than any raw photo) but captures maximum highlight and shadow detail. It's quite different from raw since it's actually already compressed, but it records on a logarithmic curve. It's sort of a way to give raw photo benefits to compressed video.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fortimir Avatar
11 months ago

This is really neat, and truly worthy of the "Pro" name. It would be even cooler if there was a way to record directly to external storage, like a USB-C SSD or an internal micro SD card, because with video you will run out of space quite fast no matter what size storage you got.
...but... you can. That's been one of the big features discussed, and you literally cannot record in ProRes internally on a 128GB model. And a review posted today showed you can even record externally to a CFexpress card reader... doesn't even have to be a full-on SSD.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tomtad Avatar
11 months ago
I want full Final Cut Pro on my iPhone
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
11 months ago
The iPhone records such good video now that I'm seriously considering getting a gimbal and a USB-C mic adapter for my 15 Pro Max so I can connect my Røde microphone to it. Maybe I should 3D print a little cage for it where I can also clip on my Sandisk and Samsung SSDs. It's going to be real weird to see where this goes 10 years from now.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unregistered 4U Avatar
11 months ago

Would I be the only person interested in such a product?
I’ve always thought that the impressive ISP in an iPhone combined with an actual good sensor (one that’s fairly accurate to start with) would open up the DSLR market to people that have a lot of money and not as much patience.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FCX Avatar
11 months ago

And yet, this "pro" software can't import AVI files.
It can't import Flash files either - both are as good as dead formats.

Transcode those files into something useful before edit. Problem solved.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)