Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor, Motion & Logic for the Mac
Apple updated all their media software on the Mac to support the latest release of Final Cut Pro and Logic for the iPad. Here’s what’s new.
FINAL CUT PRO (10.6.6)
- Import your project from Final Cut Pro for iPad to take advantage of blazing performance, advanced color correction tools, and more on your Mac.
- Use automatic color management to easily edit HDR and SDR clips in the same project, with intelligent tone mapping of video to match your color space.
- Choose from a new collection of professionally designed titles, effects, transitions, and generators to enhance the look of your videos.
- Improve your color correction workflow with the Color Adjustments effect, and apply new color presets to give your clips a particular look.
- Use Scene Removal Mask to remove and replace the background behind a subject, without using a green screen.
Final Cut Pro also includes these additional fixes and enhancements:
- Use the new ProRes RAW Settings window for easy access to ProRes RAW ISO, color temperature, and exposure offset.
- Install an Apple ProRes RAW plug-in from a camera manufacturer to view and adjust settings optimized for that camera’s sensor.
- Export to HEVC at up to 8K resolution with hardware acceleration on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
- Fixes an issue where multicam clips would sometimes turn black.
- Export to EXR now includes an alpha channel.
- Fixes an issue where adding video clips from the Photos browser would result in lower-resolution files being placed in the timeline.
- Fixes an issue where Final Cut Pro could not read Sony FX9 clips with embedded LUTs.
- Fixes an issue where Final Cut Pro would fail to open while an exFAT-formatted SD card with Canon clips was mounted.
- Fixes an issue where the progress bar would not update when opening or updating a large library.
COMPRESSOR (v. 4.6.4)
- Automatically center crop video in a square, vertical, or custom size while retaining the original height.
- Use standard keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste files from the Finder into the batch window.
- Create supplemental IMF packages with additional audio tracks or use the CPL from an IMF package in a standard batch.
- Label surround channels automatically when configuring a batch using the command line.
Compressor also includes these additional fixes and enhancements:
- Fixes an issue where transcodes would sometimes not complete when using the Apple Devices SD built-in setting.
- Improves stability when adding audio and video files from an IMF folder.
- Export to EXR now includes an alpha channel.
- Fixes an issue where exporting to a DPX image sequence would sometimes result in files with an incorrect aspect ratio.
- Fixes an issue where exporting ProRes RAW to H.264 SDR would result in a black frame.
MOTION (v. 5.6.4)
- Use automatic color processing to easily integrate SDR media, HDR media, and elements created in Motion (such as text, shapes, or generators) in the same project, with intelligent tone mapping to match your color space.
- Use automatic color processing to create Motion templates that dynamically adapt to HDR or SDR timelines in Final Cut Pro for Mac.
- Precisely control the look of your image with HDR-optimized color processing sliders in the Color Adjustments filter for exposure, contrast, highlights, midtones, shadows, and more.
- Experience improved real-time playback and export speeds on Apple silicon and Intel-based Mac computers.
Motion also includes these additional fixes and enhancements:
- Improves the Sliced Scale filter to prevent object offset when adjusting the Expand parameters.
- Improves stability when saving text styles in the Inspector.
- Improves stability when using the Stabilize behavior.
The list of enhancements within Logic runs pages. Read the complete Release Notes.
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6 Responses to Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Compressor, Motion & Logic for the Mac
A note about my personal mishap with the recent FCPX upgrade to 10.6.6. This occurred as I’m working on – and was close to finished with – a documentary. I open my edit to discover the Pixel Film Studios error screen on dozens of clips throughout my project. Everywhere I had placed their plug-ins on my clips. Everywhere. A chat with Pixel Film Studios informed me that the FCPX upgrade had resulted in a number of their plug ins now incompatible with 10.6.6. The chat tech attached a list of affected plug ins which of course included the LUT and Face Tracker software I was using. The chat tech indicated they didn’t see this coming… and that modifying these various plug ins to work with 10.6.6 could take weeks, months, perhaps a year. Typically I follow your wise warning NOT to upgrade the first versions of a new OS during a major project. However I never anticipated that an upgraded version of FCPX itself could result in major damage like this. I thought perhaps that moving my external hard drive with the project to my older laptop with FCPX 10.6.5 would save me…. but apparently the auto-save on my desktop had saved the project as a project edited on FCPX 10.6.6 – and now it can’t be accessed/opened on the “older version” of FCPX. (I know this may be hard to follow) Anyway, any suggestions are welcome. And just a heads-up on plug ins and 3rd party software that can be derailed by an upgrade to FCPX itself.
Wow! What a shock. Thanks for letting us know.
However, all may not be lost. Using the Finder, look in FCP backups – generally in the Movies folder. There you’ll find multiple copies of recent versions of your project.
Copy that folder and move it to a system with an earlier version of FCP. It should open one of the good versions – at worst you lost your most recent tweaks, but you’ll get your project back.
I always took Larry’s advice as to not do ANY upgrades during a project.
Once again another update without a fix to the incompatibility of FCPX/COMPRESSOR’s blu-ray not working on standalone blu-ray players. If I could I would pass an injunction forbidding further development at Apple until they take care of this.
BluRay players are still everywhere … that clients are.
Richard & Patrick:
I don’t understand Apple’s reluctance to fix Blu-ray Disc bugs – but there have been issues with DVD and Blu-ray burning that have gone unaddressed for years.