What Features Does Apple Final Cut Pro Still Need?

Posted on by Larry

Last week, Apple released a statement responding to a petition from hundreds of Final Cut Pro editors that Apple recommit to continued, active development of Final Cut. Apple answered, in part:

“While we believe we have plans in place to help address your important feature requests, we also recognize the need to build on those efforts and work alongside you to help support your film and TV projects and keep you posted on important updates.”

NOTE: Read their entire statement here.
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For many years, Apple offered editors the ability to suggest features using the “Provide Feedback to Apple” form in Final Cut Pro. However, this form presents several problems:

NOTE: Apple has told me on several occasions that these are read. However, “read” and “act upon” are not the same.

I created this article to begin an active and open discussion of missing features in Final Cut. If you think something needs to be added, suggest it in the comments. It’s not as good as a web-centered, multi-user database with instant vote totals. But it’s available today and  gets us started.

NOTE: All comments are moderated – so be polite. Inflammatory or off-topic comments will be removed.

My hope is to inform the Final Cut community, Apple and the advisory panel they hope to create so that the features Apple adds are actually those desired by editors.

Share this link with your friends on social media. Spread the word. Because, if there’s no interest in adding new features, that tell’s Apple something, as well.

Don’t wait for Apple to convene an advisory panel – let your voice be heard now.


To get the discussion started, here are my top five feature requests for Final Cut Pro:

  1. Scrolling timeline. As a project plays, the timeline should scroll to keep the playhead in view.
  2. Effective speech-to-text creation, integration and editing.
  3. Either develop an audio application specifically for mixing audio to picture or provide tighter round-trip integration with Logic Pro for audio mixing. The current audio mixing capability in Final Cut is limited and clunky. Audio mixing should be as easy in Final Cut as it is in Premiere to Audition.
  4. Better, smoother collaboration features when editors are not on the same network. Adobe was so convinced this is an essential feature, they bought Frame.io. Perhaps include better media management and review tools.
  5. Fix all the bugs in creating both DVD and Blu-ray Discs. The future may be downloads, but thousands of editors make their living creating physical media for clients. Burning DVDs/Blu-ray Discs in Final Cut has not worked properly since FCP X was first released. Support burning multiple movies to disk. Support custom menus. Support stories. Support multiple languages in both audio and captions.

I’m sure you have your own list. Share it in the comments and let’s get the conversation started. Spread the word.

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  1. Betsey R says:

    Bring back a professional independent app for Blu-ray/DVD Disc creation. Used DVD Studio heavily (still do) and Apple missed the boat when they made a decision to drop support of this app and pretty much abandon the support of the Blu-ray Disc. Many of us using Final Cut Studio and DVD Studio Pro (back in the day) specialized in client based projects and we still do. There is a demand for discs and Apple you have let us down terribly in this area.

  2. Since I am currently editing the 8th or 9th feature documentary on Final Cut Pro X, and docs have very different needs from feature films, my greatest wish is this: bring something like Speech To Text in Adobe Premiere. Allow us to transcribe interviews (video, audio) into text, generate subtitles and export both to universally compatible files (.txt and .srt). This would make FCPX enormously more valuable, and would help avoid the (amost daily) excursions into Premiere Pro. Since Adobe shows that this works (and very well indeed.), Apple should be more than capable to integrating this.

    • I agree. Speech to text would be a significant and beneficial improvement.

      It would also be great to create a text to realistic sounding speech function. I can be used, for example, when you do a news interview, you have to translate and you want to use a different voice from your own.

      There are other uses.

  3. Les Bairstow says:

    Playback speeds at 1.25x, 1.5x, 1.75, etc.

  4. Sven Pors says:

    Comment to Larrys third wish:
    It would be even better to tightly integrate a second workspace for audio post work. I think they have really broken the code doing this in DaVinci Resolve.

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