Final Cut Pro X, Motion, Compressor Get Updates

Posted by at 4:40 pm on January 31, 2012

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3, an update to its professional video editing suite. The code makes the long-delayed addition of multicam editing, something editors complained was missing when the software first shipped in June 2011. The last major update of Pro X happened in September.

The multicam component automatically syncs up to 64 angles, using data such as timestamps, timecodes, or audio waveforms. An Angle Editor lets users adjust content, while the Angle Viewer is capable of playing back multiple views simultaneously, cutting between them as needed. Clips used in a multicam setup can employ mixed formats, framesizes and/or framerates.

Also new in v10.0.3 is a beta of broadcast monitoring, supporting both PCIe and Thunderbolt devices. Chromakey tools have been improved with new controls for color sampling, edge adjustment, and light wrap. Layered Photoshop files can be imported, and XML support, lastly, has been enhanced for a “richer interchange with third party apps and plug-ins,” according to Apple.

Motion 5.0.2 Adds Minor Features, Bugfixes

Apple has also released Motion 5.0.2. Motion is used to produce titles, transitions, animations, and other effects for Final Cut. The v5.0.2 update is said to improve “overall stability and performance,” including the speed of text editing.

Apple has also made some small feature upgrades. Animation keyframes can now be added automatically when recording is disabled, and a keyboard shortcut has been added for repositioning animation curves and paths. Pan and scale can be tweaked for images in a drop zone; finally, the Keyframe editor has been given a new look meant to ease both viewing and editing.

Compressor 4.0.2 Tweaks Marker, Export Eettings

The new version makes just a handful of changes, for instance setting markers as chapter markers by default. Uncompressed 8-bit and 10-bit 4:2:2 have been added to the export settings list, and in a related improvement, transcoding uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2 should be faster.

All updates are free to current owners.

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