Apple releases significant Final Cut Pro X update

Apple today introduced a significant update to its professional video editing app, Final Cut Pro X, featuring incredible new editing features for the Magnetic Timeline, support for the revolutionary Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro and a redesigned interface with full support for wide color workflows.

The Touch Bar replaces the keyboard’s traditional function row with a brilliant, Retina-quality Multi-Touch display that dynamically adapts to Final Cut Pro X by putting intuitive, context-sensitive controls right at the user’s fingertips. Apple also released updates to Motion and Compressor.

“This is our biggest update to Final Cut Pro X since we completely redesigned it five years ago,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing, in a statement. “The new version features a sleek interface and adds powerful new editing features that go far beyond what’s possible with traditional, track-based video editing apps; and integration with the revolutionary Touch Bar gives professional video editors a whole new way to interact with Final Cut Pro X.”

With the new Magnetic Timeline in Final Cut Pro X, users can understand their film at a glance with customizable arrangement and color coding of audio clips based on type or “role” — such as dialogue, music and effects. It’s simple to create and assign roles, and give each one a unique color. And in a first for pro video software, users can simply drag to instantly rearrange the vertical layout of their timeline or highlight specific audio roles while editing.

Final Cut Pro X adds support for new MacBook Pro features like the Touch Bar
Final Cut Pro X adds support for new MacBook Pro features like the Touch Bar

Integration with the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro boosts creativity and productivity by dynamically adapting to each task and presenting intuitive controls exactly when and where users need them. While using Final Cut Pro X the Touch Bar lets users instantly switch between editing tools, adjust audio levels and tap into useful commands for trimming and playback. It will even display a color-coded, interactive overview of the entire timeline so users can navigate their project with the touch of a finger.

A redesigned interface streamlines the layout of Final Cut Pro X to optimize screen space for MacBook Pro users, while a darker, flat look puts the focus on the content. Customizable workspaces lets users adjust window arrangements for different tasks such as organizing, editing and color grading — even across multiple monitors. Full support for wide color workflows allows users to import, edit and deliver video in standard Rec. 601 and Rec. 709 color spaces, or in wide gamut Rec. 2020 color space.

Additional Features in Final Cut Pro 10.3:

• Flow transition creates invisibly smooth jump cuts;

• Remove Attributes allows users to easily delete or reuse select effects across multiple clips;

• Timecode overlay effect and generator allow users to edit with a large view of source timecode;

• Support for ProRes MXF, Panasonic V-Log and export of AVC-Intra;

• Direct video output via Thunderbolt 3 enables high-quality video monitoring on an external display with a single cable.

Motion 5.3 features a sleek new interface with support for wide color workflows and 3D text enhancements that improve the performance and realism of 3D titles. The new Align To behavior lets users easily connect separate objects to create advanced animations, and Touch Bar support provides easy access to a wide range of interactive tools on the new MacBook Pro.

Compressor 4.3 has a new dark look to match Final Cut Pro X and Motion. Enhancements to iTunes Store® Package creation let users easily browse, verify and compress packages so they can be delivered to the iTunes Store faster and fully compliant. Wide color support ensures end-to-end color fidelity when delivering files in standard and wide color spaces, and Touch Bar support simplifies common tasks like setting up batches and adding markers on the new MacBook Pro.

Pricing and Availability

Final Cut Pro 10.3 is available as a free update today for existing users, and for $299.99 for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.3 and Compressor 4.3 are also available as a free update today for existing users, and for $49.99 each for new users on the Mac App Store. For more information, please visit:

Source: Apple Inc.

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  1. I’m glad to see their improving it, I love it. Of course some will still complain and say it can’t do things it’s been able to do for years. Like the people who still say there is no right click on a Mac; or you can’t upgrade the Mac Pro when you can replace the memory, CPU, and graphics cards. The new 15″ MBP looks like it was built for FCPX. I am surprised they did not update their desktops, especially for TB3. Of course they may do this quietly, Apple has done that before.

      1. 40 gbps thunderbolt (pcie) is slower than internal pci lanes. A desktop workstation with internal drive bays is still the preferred configuration for creative pros. Too bad Apple can’t seem to figure that one out.

  2. I bet the new FCP still hasn’t got a straight forward way to share projects between users/workstations. I’d also be surprised if they finally figured out a way to implement user configurable easy-in/out when working with fades or paths. No wonder the large plugin manufacturers are avoiding FCP. Oh well, at least we get new iTunes updates on a regular basis, right?

  3. Professional editors don’t edit on laptops! You need a 27 inch screen minimum to know if your 4k footage is in focus or not. And once you have that, it is awkward to find ways to make use of the laptop screen.

    1. The new MCBK Pro’s can drive multiple 4k or 2 5k monitors. THe 5k is interesting in that you could run 4k in a window at full rez and still have room for tools.

      1. More graphics processing power is needed for full length movies. High screen resolution is not all that is required to make movies full length movies. Don’t be fooled by the looks. We need more horsepower, like the PC’s guys have.

  4. App store won’t let me update to 10.3. It says Final Cut Pro is already installed, but it is version 10.2. I purchased FCP on the app store originally using the same computer.

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