Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements

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Apple today updated Final Cut Pro X, Compressor, and Motion, its software designed for professional video editors. Today's updates, the first since October, add new features and multiple bug fixes.

Version 10.3.2 of Final Cut Pro X introduces the ability to add custom folders of audio files to the Sound Effects browser, and the following bug fixes:
- Ability to add custom folders of audio files to the Sound Effects browser
- Using ripple delete on audio-only clips no longer disables the selected range
- Audio meters retain custom width after relaunch
- Improves responsiveness when editing very long projects
- Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate
- Exporting ProRes 4444 files with transparency using Compressor creates a correct alpha channel
- Fixes an issue in which adjusting the line spacing of multi-line titles only applied to the first line
- Fixes an issue in which secondary storylines with mixed roles could overlap in the timeline
- Fixes an issue that could prevent burning Final Cut Pro projects to DVD via Apple USB SuperDrive
Motion version 5.3.1 introduces several bug fixes and improves stability. A full list of changes to the software is below:
- Improves stability when using multiple camera behaviors
- Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate
- Fixes a stability issue when using the Timecode text generator
- Fixes a stability issue when the cursor rolls over markers during playback
- Fixes a stability issue when using the nudge keyframe shortcut
Compressor version 4.3.1 also focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements, fixing problems with the Touch Bar, burning projects to DVD, and more.
- Fade In/Fade Out filter is applied correctly when using distributed encoding
- Disc name and titles are correctly displayed when using languages with double-byte characters
- Location paths are respected when using Compressor via Terminal
- Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate
- Exporting ProRes 4444 files with transparency using Compressor creates a correct alpha channel
- Fixes an issue that could prevent processing files using 32-bit codecs including Animation, PNG, Cinepak, and WMV
- Fixes an issue in which marker buttons on the Touch Bar may be displayed incorrectly
- Fixes an issue that could prevent burning Final Cut Pro projects to DVD via Apple USB SuperDrive
Final Cut Pro X can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $299.99. [Direct Link]

Compressor can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link]

Motion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link]

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73b

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My film teacher said he switched to Adobe because Apple abandoned Final Cut. Is it still a useable product but just isn't moving forward? Why is it still for sale?

EDIT: it was bad at first so professionals switched, got it

EDIT 2: please read the other comments first if you're going to quote this lol
 
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fox10078

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My film teacher said he switched to Adobe because Apple abandoned Final Cut. Is it still a useable product but just isn't moving forward? Why is it still for sale?
The first version of Final Cut X was not met with good reviews, but Apple has been putting out updates it's in a decent place. But having worked with Editors and film teachers I know they are stubborn so I doubt he has touched it since the first update and considers it abandoned.
 

73b

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I would find a new film teacher. That is ludicrous. Just because your teacher doesn't like the new platform doesn't mean Apple abandoned it.
I don't really know exactly what he said but it might have been that the professional industry abandoned it. Everything we do is with the most standard equipment so we get a feel for working in the industry.
 

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My film teacher said he switched to Adobe because Apple abandoned Final Cut. Is it still a useable product but just isn't moving forward? Why is it still for sale?
I don't think Apple abandoned FCP X. It's a good product that as you can see is still being updated and improved. But what his issue may be is that FCP X was a complete rewrite, and there was no upgrade path from FCP 7 to FCP X. What's worse is they stopped selling FCP 7 as soon as FCP X was released. So companies depending on FCP 7 were stranded if they needed to be able to buy additional licenses. It was a very bad move by Apple, and people rightfully lost confidence in them catering to pros, and many people switched to something else, such as Adobe Premiere. This is probably what he was talking about.

I'm not a pro, and just do hobby / home video stuff these days, but I was a FCP 7 user and switched to FCP X and I've been very happy with it. I spent $240 on it (20% off iTunes gift cards to get to that price), and so far all updates have been free -- I think that's quite a steal. If you're committed to macOS for the foreseeable future, I don't think this is bad way to go.
 

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I don't think Apple abandoned FCP X. It's a good product that as you can see is still being updated and improved. But what his issue may be is that FCP X was a complete rewrite, and there was no upgrade path from FCP 7 to FCP X. What's worse is they stopped selling FCP 7 as soon as FCP X. So companies depending on FCP 7 were stranded if they needed to be able to buy additional licenses. It was a very bad move by Apple, and people rightfully lost confidence in them catering to pros, and many people switched to something else, such as Adobe Premiere. This is probably what he was talking about.

I'm not a pro, and just do hobby / home video stuff these days, but I was a FCP 7 user and switched to FCP X and I've been very happy with it. I spent $240 on it (20% off iTunes gift cards to get to that price), and so far all updates have been free -- I think that's quite a steal. If you're committed to macOS for the foreseeable future, I don't think this is bad way to go.
That's probably it. Since we're a high school the licensing was probably an issue. FWIW, I really like premiere and the interface feels "Appley" but very powerful and professional.
 

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I don't really know exactly what he said but it might have been that the professional industry abandoned it. Everything we do is with the most standard equipment so we get a feel for working in the industry.
I know a few video pros, and all but one of them abandoned Final Cut Pro a few years ago when Apple decided to release a dumbed down version built on a newer code base. The general feeling seemed to be that Apple should've waited to release until they had feature parity, new versus old.

Apple has been re-adding "missing" features to the new version since then... but i haven't heard of anyone switching back. Given what we've seen from Apple during the Cook era, it's easy to assume Apple doesn't see the creative professional market as a priority.
 
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I would find a new film teacher. That is ludicrous. Just because your teacher doesn't like the new platform doesn't mean Apple abandoned it.
A lot of people jumped ship. Not just because of software, but because of Apple's hardware the past number of years. It's probably smarter for students to learn Premiere over Final Cut at this point, if they plan on doing it professionally (and not freelance). Personally, I know very few people that use it anymore.
 

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I would find a new film teacher. That is ludicrous. Just because your teacher doesn't like the new platform doesn't mean Apple abandoned it.
Out of touch film teacher who teaches because they could not make it in the industry...find a new teacher.

Every time an update comes out, some of us desire to read though comments to get an idea what is new because before users or more informitive users would comment to give us who use the product more information. But now on this site....those users are gone and most of the comments now are complainers about something.

Updates are great for improvements and if you use Final Cut Pro X it is welcomed. 2014-2015 is over with the same old comments that continue to be posted to get people not to use FCPX.

Sickening..
 
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JesterJJZ

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My film teacher said he switched to Adobe because Apple abandoned Final Cut. Is it still a useable product but just isn't moving forward? Why is it still for sale?

EDIT: it was bad at first so professionals switched, got it

EDIT 2: please read the other comments first if you're going to quote this lol
He's correct. Apple did abandon Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro X was based on a clip logging program that Randy Ubellos was working on. Final Cut Pro was completely scrapped and replaced with X. I personally can't stand it and have slowly transitioned into Premiere.
 

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I don't think Apple abandoned FCP X. It's a good product that as you can see is still being updated and improved. But what his issue may be is that FCP X was a complete rewrite, and there was no upgrade path from FCP 7 to FCP X. What's worse is they stopped selling FCP 7 as soon as FCP X was released. So companies depending on FCP 7 were stranded if they needed to be able to buy additional licenses. It was a very bad move by Apple, and people rightfully lost confidence in them catering to pros, and many people switched to something else, such as Adobe Premiere. This is probably what he was talking about.

I'm not a pro, and just do hobby / home video stuff these days, but I was a FCP 7 user and switched to FCP X and I've been very happy with it. I spent $240 on it (20% off iTunes gift cards to get to that price), and so far all updates have been free -- I think that's quite a steal. If you're committed to macOS for the foreseeable future, I don't think this is bad way to go.
The above is exactly correct. Pros these days aren't so thrilled w/ Media Composer, and many went from FCP7 to Premiere Pro (although some are on FCP7!) But pros these days also aren't super-thrilled with Apple's hardware choices, which absolutely do not cater to them. And the fact that they actually did "abandon" the Mac Pro platform, but actually have the gall to still sell it. I see more video teams going PPro on Win10 over the next few years.
 

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Fcpx as of a year or two ago makes avid and premier look very second rate.

It is so sophisticated and slick. I've completed network broadcast TV shows on it and some don't believe me when I say it was done in fcpx on a MacBook Pro till I bring in my laptop.

Everything is so much quicker. Yet more powerful than any other editing software I've used. Multicam is superb. People were put off as there was a massive learning curve from fcp7. I was one of them but I persevered over four days to come up to speed and relearn the new way. So glad I did.

I love that people still think it's sub par because it means that other editors won't use it meaning that my work ends up shining more ;).
 

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My film teacher said he switched to Adobe because Apple abandoned Final Cut. Is it still a useable product but just isn't moving forward? Why is it still for sale?

EDIT: it was bad at first so professionals switched, got it

EDIT 2: please read the other comments first if you're going to quote this lol
All three of the major editing platforms are really good, and all three can be used for professional work, all the way up to feature films, prime time TV and live sports. Use whichever one you are comfortable with and focus on the film you are making as opposed to the editing software.

That said, and given the fact that you are in high school (near
the beginning of your career), you should keep in mind that you may well have to learn all of them over the first few years of your career in order to get hired for different jobs. If your boss uses Avid, you have to learn Avid whether or not you agree with the company's software update schedule. Same with FCP and Premiere.
 

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I used to use Final Cut Studio 7 and recently got Final Cut Pro X and think its awesome.

Think Apple's revaluation of prices in the UK is wrong... Compressor and Motion are $49.99, in the UK £48.99. GBPUSD rate 1.23 hmmm something wrong in the math me think!!!
 

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Probably 98% of all the TV series and movies and news that we all watch, -however it was initially cut, is eventually run through some flavor of Media Composer before or during the time it lands in post, where the audio goes into Pro Tools. So no matter one's personal feelings, if you want to work in the industry, you'd better learn Avid MC, Premiere, and FCPX. And don't hold back about looking into color correction; DaVinci Resolve has got a lot of great tools and a lot of great gear for DIT ingest, etc.

The good news is that the basic purpose is the same: Import, Sync, Cut, Fade, Save. Learn it all and you'll be fine.
Know your frame rate. The kids have it easy these days because of embedded metadata. ;)
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Fcpx as of a year or two ago makes avid and premier look very second rate.

It is so sophisticated and slick. I've completed network broadcast TV shows on it and some don't believe me when I say it was done in fcpx on a MacBook Pro till I bring in my laptop.

Everything is so much quicker. Yet more powerful than any other editing software I've used. Multicam is superb. People were put off as there was a massive learning curve from fcp7. I was one of them but I persevered over four days to come up to speed and relearn the new way. So glad I did.

I love that people still think it's sub par because it means that other editors won't use it meaning that my work ends up shining more ;).

One question though: Have they managed to tame that huge render-file bloat in those fcpx cache files?
 
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I used to use Final Cut Studio 7 and recently got Final Cut Pro X and think its awesome.

Think Apple's revaluation of prices in the UK is wrong... Compressor and Motion are $49.99, in the UK £48.99. GBPUSD rate 1.23 hmmm something wrong in the math me think!!!
You have heard of VAT?
 
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