Final Cut Pro X update brings 8K speed, social media crop tools, better proxy workflow

Apple updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.4.9, with numerous workflow improvements, proxy workflow improvements, and custom templates with machine learning cropping for social media.

Apple says Tuesday’s update to Final Cut Pro X includes “major improvements to proxy workflows that make libraries more portable and streamline remote working with large, high-resolution files.” Specifically, video editors can now create proxies in ProRes Proxy or H.264 in dimensions as small as 12.5% ​​of the original.

Users can also consolidate proxy media, images and audio to external or network connected drive. A Final Cut Pro library can now be linked to created proxies for more flexibility.

Publishers can now link to proxy media generated by third-party applications via XML. If proxy media is not available for some clips, users can adapt workflows to display the original file or an optimized version.

Final Cut Pro X Social Media Optimization

Using machine learning, clips in a project can be automatically analyzed for dominant motion and intelligently cropped with Smart Conform to convert them to formats and proportions suitable for Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

Special cropping tools in Final Cut Pro X for posting videos to social media

Transforming Overscan reveals media out of framing limits when adjusting scale, rotation, and position. Video editors can also add a custom overlay to guide them when placing text and graphics in a non-landscape frame.

Final Cut Pro workflow improvements

ProRes RAW camera settings, such as ISO, color temperature, and exposure offset are exposed in the Inspector. Audio crossfades on adjacent clips can be applied in one step. Apple also notes that this release also brings significant performance improvements with new Metal-compatible plugins for RED RAW and Canon Cinema RAW Light.

Using the new version, Apple claims that transcoding 8K RED RAW video to ProRes 422 is up to twice as fast on the Mac Pro and up to three times faster on a MacBook Pro.

When working with 360 degree video, editors can stabilize stereoscopic 3D video and display footage in 360 degree viewer with separate streams for each eye. Users can also immediately start working with remote content while downloading in the background from web resource management applications, such as the Frame.io workflow extension.

Motion and Compressor improvements

Creators can import third-party 3D models into Motion or choose from a built-in library of 3D models in USDZ format to use in titles, generators, effects, and transitions. The new outline filter, a tool that automatically highlights an object or text element using its alpha channel, is also included in today’s Motion update.

Importing existing 3D objects into Apple's Motion

Importing existing 3D objects into Apple’s Motion

Compressor has also been updated with support for custom LUT effects, the ability to use camera LUTs to convert log encoded footage to SDR or HDR outputs, and other workflow improvements.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.9 is available today as a free update for existing users and for $ 299.99 for new users on the Mac App Store. Education customers can purchase the Education Business Apps bundle for $ 199.99.

Motion 5.4.6 and Compressor 4.4.7 are also available today as free updates for existing users and for $ 49.99 each for new users on the Mac App Store.

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