Final Cut Pro X introduces third-party workflow extensions
Updates brings extensions from Frame.io, Shutterstock, and CatDV, plus other features including batch sharing, noise reduction, and comparison viewer
Final Cut Pro X final update available in the Mac App Store, introduces workflow extensions that allow professional video editors to use third-party applications and services directly in the editing interface.
Workflow extensions fit the Final Cut Pro look and closely integrate into the app, allowing editors to drag media to Final Cut Pro libraries, synchronize playback between extensions and timeline, add rock markers, and more. These extensions make it easy to use popular tools that enhance post-production, including review and approval with Frame.io, archive filing and Shutterstock purchase and media asset management with CatDV. Workflow extensions can be downloaded for free from the Mac App Store as of today. Additional third-party extensions for Final Cut Pro will be available continuously.
The new version of Final Cut Pro also features a number of features that are highly sought after by video editors. Batch Sharing allows a user to export multiple rocks or projects in one step and is especially useful when transcoding dailies on the set for quick interrupt or deliver multiple versions of a project. A new Comparison View window lets editors display reference images while color classification to ensure a consistent look over the project.
A new floating time code window makes it easy for video editors and others in the edit room to display color-coded clip names, roles, project time code and source code in a customizable resizable screen. High quality video noise reduction minimizes objects in low light or archive. Editors can now create and deliver closed captions in SRT format or choose to burn them into their video for compatibility with a wide range of video filters. And enhanced selection options make it quick to choose individual clips or entire secondary history that saves valuable time for common editing operations.
Motion, the powerful motion graphics company for Final Cut Pro, is also getting an update today that adds a comprehensive set of color rating tools, including color wheels, color curves, hue / saturation curves and custom LUT. These tools match the professional color correction features found in Final Cut Pro, and can now be used in Motion to fine tune the appearance of titles and motion graphics. New Motion Filters include a customizable cartoon effect that instantly creates an image or video for a color or monochrome cartoon illustration. And the new little planet filter allows motion graphics artists to transform 360 degree video into beautiful spherical animations that can be keyframed to change over time.
Compressor, the Advanced Coding Companion for Final Cut Pro, moves to a new 64-bit engine that utilizes all the memory of a user's Mac for better performance when encoding high-resolution video with high frame rate. Compressor maintains support for 32-bit codecs, so editors can continue to work with important older formats. And the app now supports SRT closed captions, which is an important format for delivering captioned video to the Internet and international markets.
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