Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3

The all new Final Cut Pro for Mac

Final Cut Pro has been Apple's flagship video editing program for many years now but Final Cut Pro X sees a completely new version of it rebuilt from the bottom-up for 64-bit Macs. View full description

PROS

  • Rewritten from the bottom up
  • Slicker, simpler Cocoa interface
  • Designed for 64-bit Macs
  • New Magnet Timeline
  • Full screen mode in Lion
  • Very fast

CONS

  • Interface may have been oversimplified for professional tastes

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Final Cut Pro has been Apple's flagship video editing program for many years now but Final Cut Pro X sees a completely new version of it rebuilt from the bottom-up for 64-bit Macs.

Improved features

Apple claims that Final Cut Pro features a revolutionary new video editing system centered around a Magnetic Timeline, which removes the problem of clip collisions and sync problems. This new Magnetic Timeline lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas while Content Auto-Analysis categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people. There's also less waiting around for rendering because Final Cut Pro X now supports background rendering while you get on with editing.

Final Cut Pro X is less fussy about importing footage than earlier versions. It now supports a broader range of formats including native AVCHD and H.264 from DSLRs. Final Cut Pro X has been designed to squeeze every inch out of 64-bit Macs and needs at least 2GB of RAM but for larger projects and richer effects, you're highly advised to have at least 4GB - particularly if you want to export in 4K.

Easier to use

The main interface has been given a fresh new Cocoa base, making it slicker and generally easier to use although its increasingly looking similar to iMovie. For some professionals, this may be a bit annoying as it does make Final Cut look and feel a bit more amateurish than previous versions. Those that film using multicams will also be delighted that in version 10.0.3, Final Cut Pro X finally supports it again.

Since release Final Cut Pro X has also added the ability to share videos to multiple YouTube accounts at once - which is probably a huge bonus for more active vloggers.

A broader appeal

Final Cut Pro X simplifies Apple's famous video editor while making it a lot more powerful. While dedicated fans and professionals may not be delighted with everything that's been changed, feeling it has been dumbed down, beginners will love it.

Changes

  • Trial only available in version 10.0.6. Full version is 10.0.7 with following changes:
  • The Letterbox effect "Offset" slider has been restored
  • Fixes an issue when creating a single layer DVD
  • Fixes an issue where some third-party effects could cause Final Cut Pro to hang during background rendering
  • Fixes an issue where some third-party transitions would incorrectly use black instead of source media
  • Adds support for editing MXF files that are still ingesting
  • Fixes an issue rendering Motion Templates containing Image Units

Revolutionary video editing. Powerful media organization. Incredible performance for 4K video. The future of post-production is here.

Revolutionary video editing.

Built to meet the needs of today’s creative editors, Final Cut Pro breaks free from the restrictions of old-fashioned timeline tracks. A dynamic editing interface lets you experiment freely while working with extraordinary speed and precision.

Magnetic Timeline

With a visual simplicity that reveals powerful professional tools just when you need them, the Magnetic Timeline in Final Cut Pro offers an exceptionally fluid, flexible way to edit. Assemble shots with ease as clips “magnetically” close up to eliminate unwanted black gaps in the timeline. Similarly, clips move out of the way to avoid clip collisions and sync problems.
If you prefer to work with traditional, non-rippling editing behaviors, you can use the Position tool to build your timeline.
Interactive animations show you exactly what’s happening as you work, so you can easily try out new ideas.

Multicam

Assemble sophisticated multicam projects with unprecedented speed and flexibility using Final Cut Pro.
The 64-bit engine allows you to work natively and in real time with a variety of formats, frame sizes, and frame rates. Create a Multicam Clip by automatically syncing up to 64 angles of video and photos, or choose custom sync options to precisely align footage based on time of day, timecode, markers, or audio waveforms.
To adjust a Multicam Clip, double-click to open it in the Angle Editor, which lets you move, sync, and edit the look of individual clips. When it’s time to cut, simply drop the Multicam Clip into your project and click in the customizable Angle Viewer. Or use keyboard shortcuts to seamlessly switch between video and audio on the fly. You can even combine audio channels from multiple cameras with just a click.

Multichannel audio editing

Edit multichannel audio faster than ever — right in the timeline. A simple keystroke lets you expand any audio file in place so you can view its separate components. Easily enable or disable entire channels, select ranges to adjust timing and volume, and use the embedded audio fade handles to quickly smooth transitions. For a complete view of your audio file, access the Inspector, where you can rename and hide individual channels. And if you’re working with Multicam Clips, you can switch between and combine multiple audio sources with a click.

Clip Connections

Clip Connections make it simple to place clips such as B-roll, sound effects, and music in the timeline so they all move together as you make changes — even in the most complex projects. Final Cut Pro automatically creates a Clip Connection when you drag a secondary element to the timeline.
It’s easy to reorganize your story as you work, because you can move a section of your project in a single step. Or press a modifier key to keep Connected Clips locked in place as you rearrange clips in the Primary Storyline. Clear visual connections make it easy to hand off a project to another editor or resume editing at a later date.

Compound Clips

Compound Clips are automatically saved back to the Library, making it easy to reuse them in other projects — for example, when designing a unique sound effect with layered audio. And Compound Clips work just like Multicam Clips, so changes you make in the Browser instantly ripple across your projects.

Inline Precision Editor

The Magnetic Timeline improves on traditional ways of trimming, including ripple, roll, slip, and slide edits. If you need additional control, double-click an edit to open the Precision Editor and make trims directly in the timeline. The Precision Editor expands your view of the edit point so you can see both used and unused portions of your clips. Then skim entire clips and adjust edit points with a click.

Auditions

With the unique Auditions feature, you can collect multiple alternative shots at a single location in the timeline and quickly cycle through them in context. Test different B-roll shots, different reads of the same lines, different color grades for the same shot, or different effects. Or use Auditions to create multiple versions of your project for different deliverables and venues. It’s easy to create an Audition — simply drag shots of any length to the same place in the timeline and choose “Add to Audition.” As you try out different shots, the Magnetic Timeline keeps everything in sync.

3D Titles

Choose from simple animated 3D templates or use cinematic templates with built-in backgrounds to create stunning looks in one click. Customize with hundreds of materials, realistic lighting options, and text styles. And instantly open any title in Motion for total control.

Color Grading and Masks

Use the Color Correction effect to quickly grade your image, with the ability to simultaneously view up to four separate scopes. Apply Shape, Color, and custom Draw masks to pinpoint effects to specific areas of the frame. And save any effect as a preset to easily reuse later.

Final Cut Pro X

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Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3