Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.4; introduces 360-degree VR video editing

Apple today announced a major update to its professional video editing app, Final Cut Pro X, with new features including 360-degree VR video editing, advanced color grading tools and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. Optimized to take full advantage of the incredible performance capabilities of the all-new iMac Pro, Final Cut Pro users can now edit full-resolution 8K video for the first time on a Mac. Apple is also extending 360-degree VR video support to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor. Today, with more than 2 million seats, Final Cut Pro X is the most popular version of the software ever and is used by professional video editors to create incredible works of art, from award-winning Hollywood feature films and commercials, to international broadcasts and the world’s most popular YouTube videos.

“With new features like 360-degree VR editing and motion graphics, advanced color grading and HDR support, Final Cut Pro gives video editors the tools to create stunning, next-generation content,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “When combined with the performance of Mac hardware, including the all-new iMac Pro, Final Cut Pro provides an incredibly powerful post-production studio to millions of video editors around the world.”

Final Cut Pro lets professional editors create VR content with the ability to import, edit and deliver 360-degree video and view the project in real time through a connected HTC VIVE headset with SteamVR. Users can easily add 360-degree titles in 2D or 3D; apply blurs, glows and other immersive effects; and use visual controls to straighten horizons or remove camera rigs from equirectangular videos. Standard photos and videos can also be added to VR projects and 360-degree video can be shared directly to popular websites including YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.

Final Cut Pro users can create immersive 360-degree films and view them in real time with a connected VR headset
Final Cut Pro users can create immersive 360-degree films and view them in real time with a connected VR headset

The update also includes powerful tools for professional color grading. Unique color wheels feature built-in controls to adjust hue, saturation and brightness. Color curves allow for ultra-fine color adjustments with multiple control points to target specific color ranges, and eye droppers let users sample specific colors and apply manual white balance. Users can also apply custom lookup tables (LUTs) from popular color grading apps like DaVinci Resolve and websites including PremiumBeat, Color Grading Central and more.

With support for the most popular HDR formats, Final Cut Pro gains access to an expanded range of brightness levels to deliver incredibly realistic images. Editors can output video to HDR monitors using I/O devices from AJA and Blackmagic with brightness levels up to 10,000 nits. The new color grading tools support both HDR and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video, and with tone mapping, users can easily change HDR to SDR output for broadcast.

Additional Features in Final Cut Pro 10.4:
• Easily import iMovie projects from iPhone and iPad into Final Cut Pro for advanced editing, audio work, motion graphics and color grading.
• HEVC and HEIF support for importing and editing high efficiency video and photo formats from Apple devices.
• Updated audio effects plug-ins from Logic Pro X with redesigned, resizable interfaces.
• Faster, higher quality optical flow analysis built on Metal, Apple’s advanced graphics technology.

Motion 5.4 enables users to create immersive 360-degree VR titles and effects that can be instantly accessed in Final Cut Pro. The update also makes it easy to convert between any type of Motion project at any time, create realistic spring-loaded animations with the new Overshoot behavior and apply photographic-inspired looks with new filters. Compressor 4.4 lets users deliver 360-degree video with industry-standard spherical metadata. Compressor also lets users export HEVC and HDR video, while adding a range of new options for delivering MXF files.

Final Cut Pro 10.4 is available as a free update today for existing users, and for $299.99 (US) for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.4 and Compressor 4.4 are also available as a free update today for existing users, and for $49.99 (US) each for new users on the Mac App Store. Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $199.99 (US). For more information, please visit:

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Just in time for Apple’s iMac Pro (also released today), it’s here!


  1. and FREE!

    No other software gets free updates/upgrates almost SEVEN years after purchase! Adobe charges (at least) $20 per month for Premiere Pro. Over seven years, you pay (at least) $1,680, and you keep paying and paying… Apple will take your $300, and apparently keep you up to date for as long as you keep downloading new updates.

    I can’t imagine doing my work without FCP X. Even if I had the money for PP; it is still an unnecessary mess of an interface, compared to FCP X.

  2. I own over 100 3d blu-ray movies, and have my own 3D cameras. I assume I can use these cameras to make3D movies that you could watch thru vr glasses. I am REALLY exited by what was said at Oculus 4 keynote presentation !!
    $ 200.00 for VR headsets, NO cord needed, NO computer needed, NO cell phone needed, and it JUST works!!!!!! Goal is to get 1 billion people involved !
    Hey….. That sounds like an Apple product, or it SHOULD BE an Apple product.
    Also, Facebook is working on BRAINwave recognition. Goal is to “type more that 64 words per min. ” without ” typing. Now….
    THAT’S cool as hell.
    I experimented with brainwave recognition…. all the way back in 79 with my trusty TRS-80 computer. Check out some guy called Jose Delgado.
    He used a remote control to stop a charging bull. No, I’m not kidding.

  3. It’s about time Apple had 3D editing. I Am using a quad core (2012) Mac Min, along with PowerDirector, and you can BURN my own own 24 frps 3D blu-ray discs. You can also export to memory, or the internet.
    Now that VR, and by extension ” 3D ” is NOT DEAD, it’s about time Apple suports this . I just bought a Windows 11 PC, because…
    Apple STILL DOESN’T have a quad core Mac Mini.
    There COULD BE a GREAT future coming……

    How about 8k, 3D, 10 bit color VR 3D Movies, Concerts, etc.
    Facebook can see this. They will be introducing their VR $200.00 headsets THIS coming first quarter. I’m in !
    Let the competition begin! Do I hear the roar of a somewhat unruly crowd, nearly carried away by tech specifications?

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