Apple Debuts New Final Cut Pro for iPad and Final Cut Camera App

Apple today introduced a new version of the Final Cut Pro software that's designed to run on the iPad, introducing capabilities designed specifically for the M4 iPad Pro.

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A new Live Multicam feature allows users to capture up to four different angles of a single scene using connected iPhones and iPads. To make this feature work, Apple has created a Final Cut Camera app that captures video from each of the devices and feeds it into Final Cut Pro.

Users can get a director's view of each camera in real time, and the settings can be adjusted from the Final Cut Pro for ‌iPad‌ 2 app. There are options for tweaking exposure, focus, white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and zoom to get the perfect shots. Preview clips are passed through to Final Cut Pro and then replaced with full-resolution files so users can quickly move from production to editing.

Final Cut Camera is available as a standalone app and in addition to feeding footage to Final Cut Pro, it can be used as a video capture app for recording video with precise manual controls.

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The updated Final Cut Pro for ‌iPad‌ app supports external projects, so users can create or open projects on an external device and import media without taking up ‌iPad‌ storage space.

Apple added additional customization options to Final Cut Pro, including 12 color-grading presets, eight basic text titles, 20 soundtracks, and new dynamic backgrounds.

With the M4 chip, final rendering with Final Cut Pro is up to 2x faster, and it supports up to 4x more streams of ProRes RAW than the M1 chip. Final Cut for ‌iPad‌ works with the Apple Pencil Pro, adding support for barrel roll and squeeze, improving access to and control over tools.

Apple has also updated Final Cut Pro for the Mac, adding Enhance Light and Color, an AI feature that improves color, color balance, contrast, and brightness in one step. Smooth Slo-Mo, another new feature, blends frames of video intelligently to provide higher-quality movement.

Final Cut Pro for ‌iPad‌ 2 will be available this spring as a free update for existing users, with new users able to purchase it for $4.99 per month or $49 per year. Final Cut Camera will come later in the spring as well, and Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 will be available as a free update for existing users.

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Top Rated Comments

anakinfan8 Avatar
3 weeks ago
A "Pro" camera app straight from Apple was probably one of the better announcements today methinks. Really cool surprise
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
UnbreakableAlex Avatar
3 weeks ago
Nice but I don’t use subscription software.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Darth Tulhu Avatar
3 weeks ago
The fact that the presentation was shot on iPhone BLOWS MY MIND.

We have some POWERFUL tech today, folks.

Take a second and appreciate it.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PowerButton Avatar
3 weeks ago
? Editing in Final Cut Pro on an iPad is an exercise in futility. Unless you’re doing a simple news package with some b-roll, or a cookie cutter social media post this wouldn’t be practical for anything else.

It’s sort of like the frustration you would experience 3D modeling on a MacBook Pro using only the trackpad [no mouse].
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Slainor Avatar
3 weeks ago
Wow, took them how many years for implementing a basic feature like working directly on an external storage instead of the internal
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hkeely Avatar
3 weeks ago
I also find it notable that Apple says both Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 and Final Cut Camera will be "available later this spring" while Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 "will be available as a free update" but gives no timeline. Is FCP for Mac imminent or coming alongside the next macOS update? If 10.8 did include ability to connect to Final Cut Camera on iOS devices, surely it would be launched simultaneously with its counterparts.

Further intriguing that Apple is labeling the nascent iPad version as "2" but holding back on announcing Mac version 11. Makes me think they have a bigger upgrade coming for the Mac (hopefully with text-based editing, which I was wishing for today). Still, I can't fear a future Mac FCP subscription enough. If anything, hopefully Apple will still enable the ability to purchase FCP for Mac outright, but Mr. Cook keeps seeing revenues grow from his services division.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)