By Larry Jordan (doddleNEWS)
Apple released the latest versions of Final Cut Pro X (10.4), Compressor (4.4) and Motion (5.4) this morning. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a pre-release version of these applications for a bit. Here are my reactions.
In a sentence, Apple has positioned Final Cut Pro X for the future. Yes, there are exciting new features, but the really hard work on the part of Apple’s developers was in upgrading the foundation of the application:
- 360° VR editing, monitoring and export is now fully-supported
- Color correction/grading is totally redesigned (color wheels are back!!)
- HDR is now implemented across all three apps, via Rec. 2020 PQ and Rec. 2020 HLG
- HDR media can now be viewed on an external HDR monitor
- HEVC and HEIF are now a fully-supported codecs (iOS 11 video is now supported)
- 8K video and projects are fully supported
Each of these required, I suspect, extensive programming changes throughout the application. If you are not into HDR, or VR or HEVC, you can look at these core changes and say: “Is that all there is?” However, that’s the wrong perspective.
What Apple has done is make sure that, as you and your projects evolve into these new media formats, FCP X will be ready and waiting for you.