Apple Releases Final Cut Pro 10.6.2

If you recently purchased the Mac Studio Pro for your edit bay, it’s time to update Final Cut Pro. Version 10.6.2 has been optimized just for you. Not only will Final Cut run faster and more smoothly on the Mac Studio platform, but Apple has also added two major new features: Duplicate Clip Detection and Voice Isolation.

The update, version 10.6.2, optimizes optimized playback and graphical performance for the new Mac Studio Max and Mac Studio Ultra. The optimization enables playback speeds up rendering times slightly, makes the editing timeline run smoother, and Compressor opens faster within the NLE.

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You said that already

If you’ve ever watched a documentary series on cable, it’s not uncommon to see the same clip used more than once in the course of the episode.

Sometimes it’s for review after a commercial break, and sometimes, the editor just decided to use the clip again. It’s not surprising as even a one-hour project can have hundreds of edits in the timeline, making using the same clip twice even more common.

With Dupe Detection (for short) Final Cut 10.6.2 now lets the editor know when a clip has already been used. When identified, Final Cut will put a caution tape icon at the top of the clip, reminding the user the clip has already been used.

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When clicking on command-shift-2, the editor can even find out where the duplicate clip appears using the timeline index. Look under the search field and click on the tiny carat icon next to the magnifying class.

Select “show clips with duplicate ranges,” and a drop-down list of all duplicate clips will appear in sequential order, with their position on the timeline. There’s also a notes field so the editor can input any notes for later reference.

Click on the clip in question, and the play head will jump to that position in the timeline. Pressing CMD-Option-> or < will cycle forward or backward through the list, sending the play head to that position in the timeline. It’s very intuitive.

Also, after the duplicate part of the clip has been chosen to be removed, Final Cut will update your list in real-time.

Feeling Isolated

Next comes voice isolation. Using machine learning, Final Cut Pro 10.6.2 can isolate voice frequencies from noisy environments so that they can be amplified and heard. The feature is within Audio Inspector and requires an update to macOS Monterey 12.3 or later to implement.

The editor just needs to go select the clip, then check Voice Isolation in Audio Inspector, and then Final Cut Pro will isolate any voices within the noisy background of the clip. There’s also a slide that provides the option to isolate the voice even further so that it is more pronounced in the scene.

Voice Isolation works because the AI has been trained using thousands of data points on what a noisy environment sounds like. Voice Isolation can then zero in on the voice frequencies and push the ambient noise into the background.

Check out Ripple Training’s overview of both features below:

A little housekeeping

Furthermore, Final Cut Pro 10.6.2 has a few housekeeping updates and bug fixes:

  • Quickly locate media that appears more than once in a project using highlighted clip ranges or the Timeline Index.
  • Improve the clarity of speech by adjusting the level of background noise using machine learning (Requires macOS Monterey 12.3 or later).
  • Optimized playback and graphics performance for M1 Max and M1 Ultra on the new Mac Studio.
  • Import Magic Movie and Storyboard projects created with iMovie for iOS version 3.0 into the timeline.
  • Adds Korean language support.
  • Attach titles and graphics to existing tracker data in the Tracker Options on-screen-control.
  • Choose either pin to tracker or offset from tracker in the Tracker Options on-screen-control.
  • Tracking Editor automatically displays in the timeline when performing an object track.
  • Items attached to a tracked object can be scaled in X and Y sizes uniformly.
  • Improves reliability when using the Object Tracker with clips that don’t match the project’s frame rate.
  • Improves reliability when using the Object Tracker in connected storylines.
  • Improves reliability when using Send to Compressor with a compound clip that contains Object Tracker data.
  • Improves functionality when selecting photos and videos with the Photos browser.
  • Improves functionality when dragging photos and videos from the Photos app directly into Final Cut Pro.
  • Improves performance when drawing waveforms.
  • Improves reliability when playing audio from a clip that is reversed in the timeline.
  • Fixes an issue where video scopes would sometimes appear monochrome.
  • Improves reliability when removing effects from retimed clips.
  • Fixes an issue where opening a compound or Multicam clip in a connected storyline would sometimes display an empty timeline.
  • Fixes an issue where opening a project after modifying its starting timecode would sometimes display an empty timeline.
  • Improves reliability when using the keyboard to navigate to captions attached to a secondary storyline.
  • Includes an alpha channel when exporting a PNG file from the timeline.

The 10.6.2 update is available through the app store, along with updates to Compressor and Motion.

[source: Apple]

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