Apple today released a major update to Final Cut Pro X, adding a variety of new features to the mix.
First and foremost, Apple is adding support for third-party workflow extensions within Final Cut Pro X, which means users will be able to streamline their day-to-day routine as they will be able to use those services and apps directly within the editing software.
“Workflow extensions match the look of Final Cut Pro and integrate tightly into the app, allowing editors to drag media into Final Cut Pro libraries, sync playback between extensions and timeline, add clip markers and more. These extensions make it easy to use popular tools that enhance post-production including review and approval with Frame.io, stock footage browsing and purchasing with Shutterstock and media asset management with CatDV. Workflow extensions can be downloaded free from the Mac App Store starting today. Additional third-party extensions for Final Cut Pro will be available on an ongoing basis.”
Final Cut Pro X now offers batch sharing as well, which can be useful when transcoding dailies on a set, or when users “export multiple clips or projects in one step”. There is also a new Comparison Viewer that will let editors view reference images while they color grade. In addition to that, there is a new timecode window that will allow editors to keep tabs on their colored timestamps for the content they are editing:
“A new floating timecode window makes it easy for video editors and others in the editing room to follow along by displaying color-coded clip names, roles, project timecode and source timecode in a customizable, resizable display. High-quality video noise reduction minimizes artifacts in low light or archival footage. Editors can now create and deliver closed captions in SRT format or choose to burn them into their video for compatibility with a wide range of video websites. And improved marquee selection makes it quick to select individual clips or the entire secondary storyline which saves valuable time for common edit operations.”
Apple is also updating a pair of companion apps for the prestige video editing app. Compressor is an advanced encoding feature, and it has moved over to a 64-bit engine. That should mean an increase in performance while encoding high resolution, high frame rate video. Compressor is also getting a few other important additions as well. And finally, Motion, the motion graphics companion, is getting, among other things, a comprehensive set of color grading tools.
These new updates are rolling out now. If you don’t already have these apps but want them, a link to each is available below.