Apple Updates Final Cut Pro Ahead Of New Mac Pro Launch

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Apple excited many of its more hardcore fans earlier this year with the announcement of a new Mac Pro workstation. The new machine, which starts at $3,000, is being positioned as the work machine video professionals will use to edit 4K video. In anticipation of that, Apple has gone ahead and released a meaty update for its Final Cut Pro software.

In today's stealthy Final Cut Pro update, Apple has added over 30 new features and improvements to the software. While the main focus is on its newfound support for 4K video, the new Final Cut Pro also adds a number of new multitasking features that take advantage of the new Mac Pro's specs.

Here's the full list of additions:

  • Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
  • Video monitoring up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers
  • 4K content including titles, transitions, and generators
  • Libraries allow you to gather multiple events and projects within a single bundle
  • Easily open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need
  • Option to import media to locations inside or outside a library
  • Automatically back up libraries to a user-specified drive or network location
  • Project Snapshots let you quickly capture the project state for fast versioning
  • Audio fade handles on individual audio channels in the timeline
  • Add precise retime speeds by entering them numerically in the timeline
  • Non-rippling retime option
  • One-step Replace and Retime
  • Custom project frame sizes
  • Through edits displayed on all clip types
  • Join Through Edit command removes bladed cuts to clips in the timeline
  • Detach audio from Multicam Clips in the timeline to manipulate audio and video separately
  • Make video or audio-only edits into the timeline with Multicam Clips as sources
  • Blade and move audio in J- and L-cuts
  • Roll audio with J- and L-cut splits open
  • Option to hide the Browser to gain more screen space for viewing
  • Native support for .MTS and .MT2S files from AVCHD cameras
  • Used media indicators on source clips
  • Improved performance with large projects
  • Improved performance when modifying or adding keywords to many clips at once
  • Easily move, copy, and paste multiple keyframes
  • Option for linear animation with Ken Burns effect
  • Improved image stabilization with InertiaCam and Tripod mode
  • Import photos from iOS devices
  • Proxy and playback quality controls accessible in Viewer menu
  • Support for portrait/landscape metadata in still images
  • Effects parameters, fonts, and text size included in XML metadata
  • Improved support for growing media and edit while ingest
  • FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
  • API for custom Share operations using third-party software
  • Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
  • Share directly to Chinese video sites Youku and Tudou
  • Spanish language localization
  • The update to Final Cut Pro is available now to those who already own the software. If you don't yet own it, you can grab it today for $299.99.

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    [h/t: Gizmodo]

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