It’s been 4 years since Apple announced Final Cut Pro X at NAB 2011, and since then, they’ve provided some excellent updates that have really allowed the NLE to become a very important editing tool. In addition, Final Cut Pro X was used with a powerful Mac Pro to edit the Will Smith feature film Focus. And now, with NAB 2015 underway, they have announced Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2, and Compressor 4.2 Let’s take a look at the details.
Final Cut Pro 10.2 takes motion graphics to the big screen with incredible 3D titles, advanced masking tools, and effects enhancements that make it faster and easier to get the perfect look. Final Cut Pro X also adds support for cutting-edge camera formats and includes a number of other improvements, making the best-selling version of Final Cut Pro even better.
- 3D Titles: Create beautiful 3D titles that you can customize and animate in a few simple steps.
- Templates: Choose from a range of simple animated 3D templates to get started fast. Or use cinematic templates with built-in backgrounds to create stunning looks in one click.
- Customize: Create a new title or make an existing 2D title 3D with a single click. Mix and match materials, lighting, and edges in hundreds of combinations — and save your creations as custom text styles — right in Final Cut Pro.
- Open in Motion: Instantly open any title in Motion to take full control. Add multiple lights and cameras, then track your text across the frame. You can even create a scene in full 3D with multiple objects featuring custom shadows and reflections.1
- Advanced Effects: New controls for color grading, masking, and more let you get the perfect look in record time.
- Color Grading: Simultaneously view up to four scopes with preset layouts to maximize screen space on any display. The Color Board is now part of the Color Correction effect, which you can add to any clip with a quick keystroke or double-click. And you can even reorder color correction by simply dragging in the Inspector to change where it’s processed in the effects stack.
- Masks: Every effect — even third-party plug-ins — now includes Shape and Color masks so you can precisely target which areas of the image are affected. And when masking videos or photos, use the new Draw mask to create a custom outline with options for linear, bezier, or B‑spline smoothing.
- Cutting-Edge Camera Support: Work natively with a wider range of formats and edit faster than ever with GPU-accelerated support for RED RAW.
- More Video Formats: Final Cut Pro includes support for the entire Panasonic AVC-Ultra family in addition to Sony XAVC S and JVC H.264 Long GOP. And now you can directly import Sony XAVC and XDCAM formats without the need for a separate plug-in.
- RED RAW: Fly through RED RAW footage with GPU-accelerated playback, rendering, and transcoding — including support for dual GPUs on Mac Pro. Final Cut Pro also automatically displays RED RAW anamorphic formats in the correct aspect ratio, so you can work effortlessly with widescreen footage.
- Custom Effect Presets: Create a custom look from one or more effects, then easily save it to the Effects Browser for quick access later.
- Library Smart Collections: Smart Collections can now help you organize across an entire library. Every new library starts with a useful set of Smart Collections created for you, and you can make your own in a few quick clicks.
- Single Import Window: Importing media is faster with media management, transcoding, keywording, and image analysis options consolidated in the single import window. See at a glance where your media will go and how it will be analyzed on import.
- XML 1.5: Final Cut Pro X XML version 1.5 supports the new features in Final Cut Pro 10.2. And Final Cut Pro can now export to the prior version of XML for improved compatibility with third-party software.
- Faster Export: Tap the power of the GPU — or two — to render projects faster than ever when using “Send to Compressor.” And when exporting to H.264, take advantage of hardware-accelerated encoding for ultrafast delivery on compatible systems.
- Native MXF Support: Import, edit, and share MXF files with Final Cut Pro X and Motion. Native support means there’s no need to transcode or rewrap MXF files from asset management systems or third-party apps. Included Compressor settings make it simple to export OP1a MXF files in a variety of frame rates, frame sizes, and codecs.
- Enhanced Optical Flow: Create gorgeous slow motion that replicates the look of footage from a high-speed camera. The new optical flow features even faster analysis and more realistic results than before.
Read more about the new Final Cut Pro X 10.2 here.
What’s New In Motion 5.2
An interface designed especially for editors. Smart templates for making changes on the fly during editing. And easy‑to‑use motion graphics tools for creating eye-catching titles, transitions, and effects. Motion is the perfect companion to Final Cut Pro.
- 2D and 3D Titles: Easily create beautiful 2D and 3D titles that you can animate with drag-and-drop behaviors and intuitive text animation tools. Dynamic, real-time feedback makes it easy to experiment freely.
- 3D titles: Build 3D titles from scratch, with easy-to-use templates in Motion, or instantly convert any existing 2D title to 3D. Customize the look of your 3D text with dozens of organic and artificial materials, or create your own for a unique effect. You can adjust the lighting, environment, and edges of your title and take advantage of powerful surface-shading options including texture maps, diffuse and specular reflection, and bump mapping. Cast shadows from any 3D title onto it and other objects in a 3D scene or add multiple lights, cameras, and tracking shots to create epic designs.
- Credit Rolls: Motion lets you set up a scroll in just a few steps — even for long lists of production credits. Just import a text file, or type the credits if you prefer. The Scroll behavior optimizes the speed based on whether you need progressive or interlaced outputs. To check the details of your text, jump to any location in the scroll by clicking the preview.
- Text Animations: Quickly animate text on or off the screen by choosing from more than 100 behaviors, including Type On and Blur Out. You can easily modify parameters to get the look you want. Or use text-on-a-path to set your text in motion on a trajectory that angles, bends, or twists. You can also create unique animations simply by moving letters where you want them.
- Adjust Glyph Tool: The Adjust Glyph tool offers an intuitive way to animate a text character in 3D. Just select the character and make adjustments right in the Canvas. Choose Move, Scale, Rotate, or Adjust Four Corner, which lets you skew or corner-pin the face, outline, glow, or shadow style of the character.
- Text Creation Tools: Flexibly adjust a wide variety of text parameters, including position, opacity, rotation, format, style, and layout. Vector-based characters scale, skew, and rotate with pristine sharpness, while the modern engine in Motion 5 lets you work with both right-to-left and vertical text for languages such as Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic. Simple search-and-replace functionality makes it easy to find and modify words and phrases across your entire project.
- Text Generators: Text generators automate common tasks that otherwise would take hours to complete by hand. One generator lets you create numbers that count up or down in sequence or change randomly. You can also generate time-and-date sequences that play forward or backward, and set up timecode sequences for any standard frame rate. Or take any text file and use a generator to display lines of text in sequence.
- Sequence Text Behavior: Automatically ripple a text sequence one character, word, or line at a time. Manipulate a single glyph and adjust its parameters, then apply the behavior to animate those changes through the entire text sequence. You can also apply any of the more than 200 Text Sequence behavior presets for instant effects.
Learn more about Motion 5.2 here.
Custom output settings. Distributed encoding. And a full range of delivery features. Compressor adds power and flexibility for exporting projects from Final Cut Pro X.
- Advanced Encoding For Final Cut Pro: A simplified interface, intuitive controls, and tight integration with Final Cut Pro make Compressor the perfect companion for custom encoding.
- Intuitive Interface: Compressor features a single-window layout with progressive disclosure of Inspectors that reveal encoding settings as you need them. The dynamic Preview window shows results in real time as you prepare your footage for encoding, allowing you to zoom in for pixel-accurate display. Preview closed captions (.scc files) in real time, scrub through video with frame-accurate timecode controls, trim media, and instantly see how effects and filters look when applied to your audio and video.
- Streamlined Workflow: Quickly execute common encoding tasks by selecting from a list of presets and destinations like iPhone, iPad, and video websites like YouTube and Vimeo. For more advanced exports, open the Inspector to access all custom controls in a single window.
- Share Final Cut Pro Export Settings: Whether you customize an existing Compressor setting in Final Cut Pro or create an entirely new setting, you can share the results with other Final Cut Pro editors — even if they don’t have Compressor installed on their systems. Just send them your saved Compressor settings file and have them copy it to the appropriate folder.
- Custom Destinations: Destinations allow you to combine an encode setting with a post-encode action, which automates tasks such as emailing, copying, and moving files or executing a custom script or Automator Workflow.
- Customizable Settings In Final Cut Pro: Final Cut Pro lets you access the complete library of export settings available in Compressor. Customize any setting just by opening it in Compressor. After saving your changes in Compressor, you can access the updated setting directly from the Destinations preference pane in Final Cut Pro.
- Create An iTunes Store Package: Compressor makes it simple to create a compliant package for submission to the iTunes Store. Easily add your movie, trailer, closed captions, and subtitles to your iTunes Store Package. You can even reassign audio channels and identify your language tracks and regions before compressing your package and submitting to an Apple certified delivery partner for sale on the store. View the iTunes Store Package White Paper
Learn more about Compressor 4.2 here.
I was able to download the updates free, since I have had the apps going back to 2011.
You can try Final Cut Pro X free for 30 days, and the price is only $299. Download the FCP X trial here. Pair it up with Motion 5 and Compressor 4, each $49! Also, check out all our Final Cut Pro X tutorials here.