Apple has updated its hallmark Final Cut Pro NLE app for improved navigation, organization, and motion tracking.
The app has also been integrated into the iPad platform with a subscription that promises more frequent updates and better performance.
Meanwhile, LogicPro welcomes 32 bit floating point recording.
FCP for macOS
With better organization tools, that include automatic timeline scrolling, Final Cut Pro 10.7 offers improved performance and has been enhanced with assigned rolls for different clips, audio and video separation through color coding, and improved support for the Apple Silicon M series processors.
FCP also improves the encoding of H.264 and HEVC codecs by using media engines in the M series Max and Ultra chipsets.
Final Cut Pro has also beefed up object tracking to dial in faces and objects by using machine learning and AI to learn and keep track. Export and encoding are faster than ever and video segments can be automatically sent for simultaneous processing.
There is also an improved zoom tool for dynamic adjustment and clip playback. Editors can also quickly clean up complex timelines by combining multiple tracks into a single, connected storyline.
FCP for iPad
A new update to Final Cut Pro for iPad promises new tools for recording, editing, and finishing video projects, which can then be shared online.
Live audio recording into the timeline can also be achieved using either the internal microphones in the iPad or via an external microphone connection via USB-C.
This new feature expands video editing on the iPad by offering voiceover capability directly into the timeline with a countdown start function. Keyboard shortcuts for voiceover and grouping clips will also improve the overall workflow and reduce post-production time.
The iPad also has a stabilization function to improve shaky footage when using pro camera mode. Projects created in iMovie can also be imported directly into the FCP iPad TImeline and users can also export their work to Mac for more advanced color correction and use of third-party plugins.
Logic Pro gets 32 Bit Float point recording
In other software news, Apple has supercharged Logic Pro with support for 32-bit float point recording, Sample Alchemy with Beat Breaker on the Mac, and a quick sampler recorder function through the iPad. 32-bit recording limits digital clipping and can easily amplify recordings without increased noise.
Moreover, plugins like Samply Alchemy and Beat Breaker enable editors to transform single audio samples into a playable instrument with a variety of techniques including the creation of unique sound beds, pads, effects, and rhythms, pushing the boundaries of creativity.
Beat Breaker enables users to reshape and reshuffle audio in real-time, rearranging it, slicing it, or even adding scratching effects by altering speed, direction, volume, and other tools.
Pricing and availability
Final Cut Pro 10.7 for macOS will be available as a free update later this month, or for $299.99 for new users through download in the Mac App Store. There is also a 90-day free trial.
Meanwhile, Final Cut Pro for iPad 1.3 is available as a free update for existing subscribers, with a monthly subscription price of $4.99 a month, or $49 a year with a one-month free trial. It requires iPadOS 16.6 or later for use with M1 iPads or later.
Logic Pro 10.8 is available starting today as a free update, or $199.99 for new users. It requires macOS Ventura 13.5 or later. Logic Pro for iPad 1.1 is available for existing subscribers or for a fee of $4.99 a month or $49 a year for new users. There are free trials for both.
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