Final Cut X Now Supports XAVC-L and AVC-Intra 4:4:4 Natively

FCP X users will be more than happy and satisfied to known that the just released update of their favourite NLE now supports new additional flavours of Sony’s robust XAVC-L and the Panasonic’s AVC-Intra 4:4:4 codec, both in resolutions up to 4K. In other words, this means no longer any tedious transcoding of the Sony PXW-FS7‘s footage as the platform provides native real-time editing of these files up to 4K in 10-bit 4:2:2 at 113Mbps (3840 x 2160). The same applies to the Panasonic’s AVC-Intra 4:4:4 codec and the users of the flagship high-end models Panasonic Varicam 35 and Varicam HS.

This update comes just in time for the new Sony FS 4K camera to be announced this Frida at IBC 2015; the new camera is rumoured to feature a full-frame sensor and 4K XAVC-L internal recording onto SDXC cards. We’ll have to wait until 9 am on Friday to find out if that’s indeed the case. Team 4K Shooters will be at IBC 2015 to bring you all the details on the new Sony FS camera and all other new announcements and exciting products.

The latest version also brings some minor bug fixes to the table such as importing and editing Canon’s XF-AVC 8-bit video codec with Canon plug-in, export of interlaced H.264 video, some overall asset management system improvements along with a variety of 3D text bug fixes and more.


Here’s what’s new in Final Cut Pro X 10.2.2

  • Native support for Sony XAVC-L and Panasonic AVC-Intra 4:4:4 up to 4K resolution
  • Import Canon XF-AVC 8-bit video files with Canon plug-in
  • Export interlaced H.264 video
  • Asset management systems can include a library backup file when sharing from Final Cut Pro
  • Fixes render errors that could occur when using reflective materials with 3D text
  • Improves stability when swapping materials on 3D text with published parameters
  • Improves performance when loading text styles
  • Motion Title templates with published text layout parameters now export correctly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause 3D text to appear dark when rendered
  • Addresses issues with timing on certain animated effects

Don’t forget to back up your important files, including projects and events and other essential assets before installing an update to Final Cut Pro X. The latest iteration of the software can be downloaded from the Mac App Store at no additional cost for the users that have already purchased the application.

[source: Apple]

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  1. Steve M. September 11, 2015
  2. Hartmut September 14, 2015

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