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Apple updated Final Cut Pro to 10.5 and lowered X



Apple has updated Final Cut Pro to version 10.5 and removed X from the name. Given that this is version 10.5 and not version 11, we don’t know why Apple decided to abandon X.

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This is not a big update for Final Cut Pro, but it does improve performance and efficiency when using Mac computers with Apple Silicon. Final Cut Pro also gained new features that leverage the “Apple Silicon” neural engine.

So what is new?

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  • Improved performance and efficiency on Mac computers using Apple chips
  • Use Apple Neural Engine to perform accelerated machine learning analysis of Smart Conform on Mac computers equipped with Apple chips
  • Choose to create a copy of the library and automatically transcode the media to ProRes Proxy or H.264 in various resolutions
  • New social media tools
  • Use Dolby Vision 8.4 metadata to export HLG high dynamic range projects to optimize playback on Apple devices.
  • Fixed the problem that LUT is not available in optimization or proxy editing.
  • Improved the appearance of HDR thumbnails in the browser and timeline.
  • Improve reliability when previewing built-in sound effects in the browser.
  • Fixed an issue where the audio waveform in the inspector would not update after adding a filter or changing the volume.
  • Fixed the issue that chapter markers are not available when sharing.
  • Improved reliability when creating proxy media from non-square pixel interlaced clips.
  • Improve stability when applying stabilization and color balance during import.
  • Fixed an issue where audio synchronization may drift when re-editing clips.
  • When using Smart Conform to switch between vertical and horizontal frame sizes, you can improve reliability through social media content positioning.
  • Improved reliability when using the on-screen “crop” control in the viewer.
  • Fixed an issue where copying still images between libraries would cause duplicate files.
  • Includes built-in support for decoding and playback of Avid DNxHR and Avid DNxHD.

How good will Final Cut Pro perform when running Final Cut Pro on a new Apple Silicon laptop.

Proxy library

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To maximize portability and performance, you can now create proxy copies (down to 1/8 size) of media in ProRes Proxy or H.264. The latest proxy engine allows you to create proxy-only copies of libraries to share locally or via the cloud, and display the original media without a proxy. Third-party tools such as the review and approval application frame.io can also generate proxies and deliver them to the Final Cut Pro library.

Social media tools

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Video clips on social media platforms and websites are usually displayed in various aspect ratios (such as square or vertical) for playback on apps or on the web. For many of us, this means that we also need to create multiple versions of a project with different aspect ratios.

With Final Cut Pro, you can now reuse projects with standard horizontal aspect ratios (such as those for movies or TV) to create deliverables of various shapes and sizes (including square or vertical).

This figure shows the different aspect ratios on smartphone screens, including horizontal projection with an aspect ratio of 16:9, square projection with an aspect ratio of 1:1, vertical projection with an aspect ratio of 4:5, and a 9:16 aspect ratio. ratio

In the past, rebuilding every clip in a project to a new aspect ratio can be a tedious process. Now, Final Cut Pro speeds up this process with the Smart Conform feature, which analyzes the content of each segment of the face or other visual areas of interest, and automatically recomposes segments with different aspect ratios from the project. You can use Smart Conform to quickly create square or vertical versions of horizontal or widescreen projects, and then make manual framing adjustments later.

  1. In Final Cut Pro, open an existing horizontal project.
  2. Select the item in the browser, and then do one of the following:
    • Choose Edit> Copy Item As.
    • Right-click the item in the browser and select “Copy Item As”.
  3. In the window that appears, enter the project name and specify the settings for the duplicate project. (Choose “Vertical” or “Square” from the “Video Format” pop-up menu.) When you change the aspect ratio, the “Smart Compliance” checkbox will appear.
  4. To have Final Cut Pro analyze the clips in the project and automatically recompose the clips whose aspect ratio is different from the project’s aspect ratio, select the “Smart Conform” checkbox. See Use Smart Conform to adjust the viewfinder in Final Cut Pro.
  5. Click OK. Final Cut Pro will create a new project. If Smart Conform is selected, Final Cut Pro will enable the overscan view for the recomposed clip, showing the clip area beyond the edge of the viewer. You can use the “Transform” effect to manually make further composition adjustments. See Resize, move, and rotate clips in Final Cut Pro.

When placing text and graphics in the frame, you can add a custom overlay as a screen guide. Custom overlays are similar to title security and action security overlays, except that they can be customized according to your project needs. This makes them useful for the various vertical and square aspect ratios common in social media. See Display overlays in the Final Cut Pro viewer.

Logic Pro X updates

Apple also updated Logic Pro X to version 10.6. This is a new feature:

  • Improved performance and efficiency on Mac computers using Apple chips
  • Added the ability to use Logic Remote on iPad or iPhone to control the step sequencer to create beats, bass lines, and melody parts
  • Supports all Novation Launchpad controllers
  • Stability and performance improvements
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Do you expect more from this update? Let us know in the comments section below.