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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today announced it has released Final Cut Pro X 10.4 and updated Logic Pro X, Motion, and Compressor alongside the launch of the iMac Pro.


As previewed earlier this year, Final Cut Pro X 10.4 includes 360º VR video editing, HDR support, and new color tools like a white balance picker. It also includes support for HEVC, the new video format introduced in macOS High Sierra and iOS 11, and direct import of iMovie for iOS timelines.


Logic Pro X also has been updated with optimized performance for the iMac Pro, including support for up to 36 cores with hyperthreading. Version 10.3.3 includes performance and stability improvements as well, including a fix for an issue which could cause user-created content to become unavailable on macOS High Sierra.

Motion has been updated with support for 360 VR motion graphics. Users can now import 360° video and design 360° titles, generators, and effects, and later output the 360° video to a connected VR headset. Version 5.4 also supports import, playback, and editing of HEVC video and HEIF photos from Apple devices.

Final Cut Pro X version 10.4 release notes:
360 VR editing
o Import and edit 360° equirectangular video in a wide range of formats and frame sizes
o Output 360° video to a connected VR headset*
o Open the 360° viewer to simultaneously monitor headset and equirectangular views while editing
o Option to track movement of a VR headset in the 360° viewer in Final Cut Pro
o Add 360° effects including blurs, glows, and more
o Share 360° video directly to YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo
o Use the 360° patch to instantly remove cameras and rigs from the scene
o Use the Horizon overlay to easily change the orientation of 360° video right in the viewer
o Edit 360° video into a non-360° project and animate the pan, tilt, and zoom
o Place any graphic, still, or video into a 360° project, then reposition and resize to fit perfectly into the 360° scene
o Support for monoscopic and stereoscopic 360° video

Advanced color grading
o Dedicated color tab in the inspector provides one location for all color controls
o Powerful new color wheels improve upon traditional wheels with integrated sliders to adjust hue, saturation, and brightness
o Color curves enable ultra-fine adjustments using multiple control points to change color and contrast
o Hue/saturation curves let you select a specific hue or brightness level to make adjustments while leaving other parts of the image unchanged
o Use the eye dropper in the color and hue/saturation curves to quickly sample parts of an image for adjustment
o Balance Color command includes an eye dropper for manual white balance
o Apply custom LUTs from popular color grading apps and sites
o Adjust color corrections over time with precise keyframe controls
o Speed through color correction using new keyboard shortcuts for color adjustments and role-based timeline navigation
o Color presets are now located in the effects browser for skimmable preview and fast search

High Dynamic Range
o Import, grade, and deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) video as Rec. 2020 HLG or Rec. 2020 PQ for HDR10
o Output video to third-party HDR monitors using third-party I/O devices
o Built-in waveform monitor indicates HDR brightness levels up to 10,000 nits
o HDR Tools effect lets you easily tone map HDR to Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) output as well as convert between PQ and HLG formats
o Option to view HDR as raw values when working without an HDR monitor

Additional features
o Send your iMovie for iOS project directly to Final Cut Pro for advanced editing, audio work, and finishing
o Import, playback, and editing of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265) video clips and High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) photos from Apple devices**
o Send to Compressor to export video projects in the HEVC format
o Adjust audio using effects plug-ins from Logic Pro X with redesigned, resizable interfaces
o Support for Canon Cinema RAW Light format with additional software from Canon
o Faster Optical Flow analysis using Metal 2
o Support for NFS-based libraries and media
o XML 1.7 with support for new color grading controls, 360 VR effects, and HDR
Apple's new versions of Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, and Motion, and Compressor are available from the Updates tab in the Mac App Store.

Article Link: Final Cut Pro X 10.4 Released With Support for 360º VR Video Editing, HDR and HEVC Video, and Much More
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macrumors G5
Jul 16, 2002
but better late than never, I suppose.

Yes! And, honestly, with Apple we are always on edge, not knowing if TC will randomly drop the wrecking ball on any given app, like he did with Aperture.

But I still can't complain given the price of this update or the one's before it. And unlike some other video apps, there is no subscription fee either, so there is that.


macrumors 68000
Jul 9, 2008
Very exciting. I hope this statement helps me:

  1. Final Cut Pro uses all the GPUs in your Mac for superior real-time playback performance and fast background rendering

I have an NVIDIA GPU in my MacBook Pro. FCP takes full advantage of it. In my iMac with the Radeon 395X, FCP barely touches it and everything gets dumped on the Core i7. I really hope this improves my transcoding times when working with all of the HEVC files I am getting now from GoPro & iPhone.
I was working on a project, and one of the videos was from an iPhone X. It took me far too long to realize that FCPX had no HEVC support.

Same with GoPro Hero 6. HEVC for 4K files. I was a bit amazed that an Apple product was creating media that an Apple software product couldn't work with. Photos did support it on launch day though and I could export from Photos for mac to "4K" and FCP would read the MPEG file. but if you exported "unmodified original" from photos, FCP had no idea what to do with it although QuickTime player could play back and trim no issue.
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