Apple has released the free upgrade Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4, which adds workflow extensions from third-party companies such as frame.io, Shutterstock and CatDV, as well as integrated noise reduction and some other new features.
Among the 5D movie team, I am one of the few people (with the notable exception of my colleague Ollie Kenchington) who is using Final Cut Pro X for many of his own projects (as opposed to Premiere Pro CC). Especially when you need to make a quick turnaround, I only find its performance and workflow superior to the workflow of Premiere Pro CC, but whenever you are involved, I need to use the Premiere Pro CC as it has become the industry standard.
Final Cut Pro X has become a very capable and powerful NLE in recent years and, despite the skepticism about Apple's long-term determination to meet the professional market, they definitely have fulfilled their promise of continuing to improve Final Cut Pro X continuously .
This time, Apple has launched a small update on the surface, but it includes some significant improvements that should further optimize workflow efficiency and accelerate what is already the fastest and most progressive NLE in the market.
First of all, they were opened to third-party workflow extensions to be integrated directly into Final Cut Pro X. This means that the typical tasks that you would have to go to another application or website can now be done directly from within the application, and they are Opening through the provision of an SDK for that purpose to other third-party developers (although they add that they should contact Apple directly to get started).
marco.io: With 10.4.4, they are providing support for the framework.io of the web service, which allows publishers to share work in progress with clients and collaborators, enabling them to add comments and observations about specific parts of a video. This is an especially useful service that I have been using for customer review work for years and I would not like to lose in my tool arsenal. It's much more efficient than sending out-of-the-box timekeeping lists and there is a lot less room for error in the review process. The integration of frame.io directly into Final Cut Pro X means that you can see comments and observations directly in your timeline, you need frames and this means you will not have to change from a loaded online version of your edition.
Shutterstock: When you work with stock material from companies like Shutterstock, it is often a pain to download watermarked proxies from your sites and drop them into your projects before you can prove your feasibility in an edition. It is a smart move on behalf of Shutterstock to integrate this process completely and, on the one hand, are much more likely to use more stock material with this ability. It will simply make it easier to try different clips according to their appearance and length and how they will work in their edition, before dropping the $ for you to buy. Here we expect other large recording companies to follow and can offer a similar service to the FCPX.
CatDVCatDV is a catalog for archiving, tagging and managing a library of contents, and its direct connection with FCPX will be very efficient and fast to find the right content in your CatDV file and place it directly in its edition.
In addition to the workflow extensions, Apple has presented a couple of other new features for the application.
Noise reduction It is now integrated, which is a good addition, taking into account that the video Neat is not cheap and intrigues DaVinci. Resolving is not always convenient. It remains to be seen if the noise reduction of FCPX can be up to those other noise reduction supplements.
Comparison viewer It allows you to show video clips directly together, even with reference clips or photos from anywhere, to facilitate color correction and classification.
There's a new one Batch sharing tool for several clips directly on Final Cut Pro X. Select a pair of clips and export them all at once, either as master files or in a compression you choose, without having to go through Compressor.
O over-used "Tiny Planet"The known effect of several 360-degree camera applications (they are also guilty of using it from time to time) is now integrated into FCPX, you can make any video on 360 in a" Tiny Planet. "
The upgrade to Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4 is free. It's $ 300 on the Mac App Store.
Updates for compressor and movement
There are also separate updates for Apple Compressor and Motion independent applications.
The autonomous coding compressor (which I prefer much more in the Adobe Media Encoder simply because it's much faster!) Now uses a 64-bit engine, which should make it even more efficient. Still, it will continue to work with 32-bit file formats. In addition to that, you can now record subtitles in videos and, finally, also admit SRT subtitle files (which is an industry standard).
The compressor update is free for existing users, and it's still $ 50 to buy the app.
Motion obtains a complete set of color grading tools, such as color curves, color wheels, custom LUTs, and tonal / saturation curves. They are the same matching color correction features that are already in Final Cut Pro X, which means that you can now apply the same changes to your graphics if necessary. You also get the same small planet filter from the FCPX, plus a cartoon effect that converts normal video or images into comic book illustrations.
The Motion update is also free for existing users, the application costs $ 50 in the Mac App store.
Are you working with Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor? The new updates make sense to you, what will be more useful? Tell us the comments below.