New update to FCP X adds Multicam & more

Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor have been Updated


Today Apple updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.0.3, giving video editors access to multicam editing and broadcast video monitoring. Motion and Compressor are also updated

Multicam projects can now be edited. Apple promises that multicam editing will be faster because of innovative features they have built-in.. The process is to select video and photos, then create a Multicam Clip by automatically syncing different angles based on time of day, timecode, markers, or audio waveforms.

There’s a customisable Angle Viewer to play back these clips and a new Angle Editor to edit individual Multicam Clips. You can change, add, or delete camera angles at any time and work with different codecs, frame sizes, and frame rates without conversion.

Final Cut Pro X supports Photoshop as it did before. Users can import and keep all the object layers from a Photoshop file in a single Compound Clip. This allows you to animate, colourise, and add effects to individual layers while editing in Final Cut Pro X. The question remains whether you’ll want to colourise images in Final Cut Pro X, as the Colour editing hasn’t improved. Chroma keying has been improved, in addition to using the one-step chroma key in Final Cut Pro X, you can now access advanced keying controls for colour sampling, edge adjustment, and light wrap.

There is a new relink interface for reconnecting missing media. If your footage is on a different storage medium from the last edit, you can now again reconnect media. You can also exchange files with third-party applications using a relink interface. The relink functionality is now robust enough to reconnect to media that has been moved or modified, transcoded, trimmed, or colour graded by third-party tools.

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 allows you to output video to an external monitor using third-party PCIe cards or Thunderbolt I/O devices. It’s possible to connect to waveform displays, vectorscopes, and calibrated, high-quality broadcast monitors, or even send video to large HD screens and projectors. The broadcast monitoring feature is still in beta.

Final Cut Pro X’s XML capabilities have also been updated.

Compressor 4.0.2

The Compressor update improves in three areas. Markers are now by default treated as chapter markers. Uncompressed 8-bits and 10-bits 4:2:2 have been added to the export formats list. And the speed for transcoding from uncompressed 10-bits 4:2:2 to ProRes should improve.

Motion 5.0.2

The improvements in Motion 5.0.2 are mainly focused on stability and performance. Text editing should be faster. The possibility to add animation keyframes by recording them has been removed. The Keyframe editor has been improved so that keyframes are easier to work with.

We will be testing and reviewing the update in the next day or so and will post a review by this weekend.

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