Apple has announced a major upgrade to Final Cut 10. This upgrade includes the new ProRes XQ which allows for 4K and 5K compressions, formerly not allowed in a ProRes option. This is HUGE. Simultaneously, Arri has announced it’s support for the new codec to be included in their next firmware update of the Alexa XTs
So what’s new in version 10.1.2?
Smoothly edit multiple streams of 4K at full resolution. An enhanced playback architecture paired with the power of the new Mac Pro lets you edit Multicam with up to 16 simultaneous streams of 4K ProRes. And if you prefer to work directly with 4K camera formats, Final Cut Pro natively supports Sony XAVC, REDCODE RAW, and more.
Real-Time Graphics and Effects
Final Cut Pro uses both graphics cards to play back effects the moment you add them, so you can color grade, retime video, and apply complex filters ― all in real time. And Final Cut Pro is optimized to use both GPUs for demanding tasks like optical flow analysis, which lets you create stunning slow motion faster than ever.
For the first time, Final Cut Pro supports external monitoring at resolutions up to 4K. Use the HDMI port on the new Mac Pro to connect directly to a high-quality display. Or use third‑party I/O devices for gorgeous 10-bit video monitoring via Thunderbolt 2.**4K video monitoring via Thunderbolt 2 requires a Thunderbolt 2-enabled I/O device like the AJA Io 4K or Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K.
Final Cut Pro harnesses the power of both GPUs in the new Mac Pro to accelerate rendering and export in the background, so you can deliver files as fast as you edit. Create 4K ProRes masters and even export directly to YouTube at 4K resolution.
Final Cut Pro X version 10.1.2 adds these features.
- Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can be stored at any location outside of the library
- View and set storage locations for each of your libraries using the Library Properties inspector
- Easily delete optimized, proxy, and rendered media from within Final Cut Pro X
- Used media indicators for Compound, Multicam, and Synced clips
- Option to show only unused media in the Browser
- Apply a standard (Rec. 709) look in real time to high dynamic range and wide color gamut video from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Sony cameras
- Automatically apply an ARRI embedded 3D LUT from the new AMIRA camera
- Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
- Improved speed and accuracy when synchronizing clips
- Audio recording improvements including countdown and automatic Audition creation from multiple takes
- Fast export of cuts-only projects containing XDCAM media
- Export entire library as a single XML file
- Selecting a library displays key metadata in the Inspector
- Adjust relative and absolute volume of a clip or range selection
- Create keywords from Finder Tags when importing media
- Option to sort events by date or name in the Libraries list
- Import a clip by dragging directly into the Browser
- Share 4K video to Vimeo
Final Cut Pro version 10.1.2 also addresses the following issues
- Faster opening, closing, copying, and overall performance when working with large libraries
- Linear and smooth motion interpolation between keyframes applies to both time and distance
In his review of the new Final Cut Pro X version Ben Balser stated, “I feel this long awaited, free update was very worth the wait. It shows the dedication Apple has for these pro apps to continue not only improving, but innovating what is possible for an NLE to do. This update will go a long way towards making turnaround times even shorter, making post-production more fun and exciting, and showing us what is possible when you ask, ‘how can we make it better?'”
Another great overview of this latest version can be found HERE.
What do you think of the new Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2?