As well as allowing customers to order the new Mac Pro (though it won't ship until January), Apple has released an update to Final Cut Pro X. The Final Cut Pro 10.1 update is focussed on adding optimised features for the new Mac Pro to the video editing software - but there are new tools for those running it on MacBook Pros, iMacs and other Mac hardware.
During WWDC in June, Apple promised to release a new version of Final Cut Pro alongside the new Mac Pro, so the update comes as no surprise. What we didn't know, however, was exactly what new features the new version of the software would have.
In the release notes for the new version of Final Cut Pro X, Apple lists more than 35 new features, many of which take advantage of the new Mac Pro's capabilities. These include optimised playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro – an important update as the software would have to be rewritten to allow it to pass more video processiong functions to the GPUs rather than using the single Intel Xeon CPU.
Video monitoring at resolutions up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI is possible – assuming your Mac is up to the task – and Apple has created versions of its titles, transitions and generators that work up at resolutions up to 4K.
Asset management has been improved, as now Libraries allow you to gather multiple events and projects within a single bundle. Users can easily open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need – and there's an option to import media to locations inside or outside a library.
The new Project Snapshots feature lets you quickly capture the project state for fast versioning – and you can automatically back up libraries to a user-specified drive or network location.
Editors can detach audio from Multicam Clips in the timeline to manipulate audio and video separately, and make video or audio-only edits into the timeline with Multicam Clips as sources.
Other new features include:
A non-rippling retime option
One-step Replace and Retime.
Custom project frame sizes
Option to hide the Browser to gain more screen space for viewing
Native support for .MTS and .MT2S files from AVCHD cameras
Used media indicators on source clips
API for custom Share operations using third-party software
Improved performance with large projects and when modifying or adding keywords to many clips at once
Easily move, copy and paste multiple keyframes
Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
Import photos from iOS devices
This is perhaps not the big update video pros were hoping for, but it should tick off some of the boxes in their wish list. Plus, for new Mac Pro users, the new optimised playback and rendering and the 4K features will mean a significant improvement for video editors. It's just a shame they'll have to wait until January for the new Mac Pro to ship.
New customers can download Final Cut Pro X 10.1 from the Mac App Store for £199.99, while existing customers can upgrade for free.