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Apple updates Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Motion, Compressor

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Motion, and Compressor for macOS and Final Cut Pro for the iPad.

Apple has updated Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Motion, and Compressor for macOS and Final Cut Pro for the iPad.

Final Cut Pro is Apple’s professional video editing app. According to Apple’s release notes, Final Cut Pro 10.7 includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Automatically scroll the timeline to keep your clips in view under the playhead during playback.
  • Increase editing efficiency by combining a selected group of connected clips into a connected storyline.
  • View both video and audio role colors to easily see the organization of the timeline at a glance.
  • See improved results when using the Object Tracker’s all-new machine-learning model to analyze the movement of faces and other objects on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
  • Use the enhanced Reveal in Browser feature to easily locate a clip in the browser without losing your selected Keyword Collection or Smart Collection.
  • Export HEVC and H.264 files faster by simultaneously processing video segments across available media engines (requires macOS Sonoma or later and a Mac with Apple M1 Max, M1 Ultra, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, or M3 Max).
  • Fixes an issue that caused an offline media badge to remain on an event after reconnecting.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause video to be cropped in the multicam angle editor.
  • Improves performance when upgrading a library that contains many markers.The upgrade is free for registers users. For new users, Final Cut Pro costs US$299.99.

Compressor is Apple’s encoding companion product for Final Cut Pro. According to Apple’s release notes, Compressor 4.7 includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Export HEVC and H.264 files faster by simultaneously processing video segments across available media engines (requires macOS Sonoma or later and a Mac with Apple M1 Max, M1 Ultra, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, or M3 Max).
  • Create, configure, and build stereoscopic packages for the iTunes Store.
  • Preview Log encoded video with or without Log applied.
  • HDR content now displays in the correct color space in the viewer.
  • Improves performance when enabling or disabling audio tracks on long multi-channel ProRes clips.
  • Adds support for JSON and XML output to batch submissions when using the command line.
  • Fixes an issue where creating a Watch Folder would prevent the “Enable audio pass-through” setting from being selected.
  • Compression 4.7 is a free upgrade for registered users. For new users, it costs $49.99.

Motion is a motion graphics tool for creating cinematic 2D and 3D titles, fluid transitions, and realistic effects in real time on the Mac. According to Apple’s release notes, Motion 5.7 includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Take advantage of the flexibility and dynamic range of log-encoded video shot on iPhone 15 Pro.
  • Improves performance when using the Align behavior
  • Fixes an issue where Motion could hang when playing back 3D titles at high quality.

Motion 5.7 is a free upgrade for registered users. For new users, it costs $49.99.

Apple has also updated Final Cut Pro for the iPad to version 13. According to Apple’s release notes, it includes the following enhancements and improvements: 

  • Record voiceover and live audio directly in the timeline using the built-in iPad microphones or external microphones.
  • Dial in the perfect look with stunning new color-grading presets. 
  • Choose from a selection of new titles and generators.
  • Increase editing efficiency by grouping connected clips into a connected storyline.
  • Control stabilization in the pro camera mode.

New keyboard shortcuts:

  • Group clips into a connected storyline: Command-G
  • Ungroup clips from a connected storyline: Shift-Command-G 
  • Show or hide the voiceover controls: Shift-V
  • Start or stop recording audio from the voiceover controls: Shift-Option-R 
  • Play full screen: Shift-Command-F
  • Enter or exit Picture in Picture: Command-3

Improvements and fixes:

  • Adds a skin tone indicator to the vectorscope.
  • Adds color gradients to controls in the Color Adjustments effect and color-grading presets. 
  • Adds the Sharpen effect to the content browser and inspector.
  • Increases the Volume Offset maximum to 20 dB.
  • Allows dragging anywhere at the top of the timeline to resize it.
  • Fixes an issue that caused resetting Format settings for a Live Drawing clip to remove its contents. 
  • Fixes an issue that caused Live Drawings in an HDR portrait project to show an unexpected border.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented nudging of the last animation keyframe for clips in a connected storyline.
  • Improves reliability when reimporting missing media files. 
  • Improves reliability when copying and pasting color conversion and rate conversion settings.
  • Improves reliability when undoing a copy and paste of Audio settings. 
  • Improves reliability when importing iMovie for iOS projects.
  • Includes stability and performance improvements.

The update is free for current users. For new users Final Cut Pro and is available on the App Store for US$4.99 per month or $49 per year with a one-month free trial. It’s compatible with M1 chip iPad models or later running iPadOS 16.4 or later. 

iMovie is Apple’s free consumer video editing app. The update — available at the Mac App Store — allows users to export HEVC and H.265 files faster by simultaneously processing video segments across available media engines. 

The upgrade also includes new options for creating stereoscopic packages for the iTunes Store, and support for JSON and XML when batch exporting submissions using the command line. It requires macOS Sonoma and a Mac with an Apple M1 Max, M1 Ultra, M2 Max, M2 Ultra, or M3 Max processor.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.