Final cut pro x update FCPX

After a lot of anticipation, Final Cut Pro X 10.1 has been released. New libraries, new FXPlug support, custom project frame sizes and many more improvements and performance tweaks.

It’s finally here, FCPX 10.1 and the first great news is that it’s a free upgrade. Apple have continued their policy of not charging for FCPX updates, even though we would call it a major one.  

First impressions, one is immediately drawn to the new Libraries. These act as a ‘container’ for Events and Projects and can be loaded when required. This stops all the media on a drive being viewable in FCPX. It also probably means the death of Event Manager!

Philip Hodgetts has provided instructions on how to update FCPX with Libraries using Event Manager. Worth a read to find out what you have to do before importing the old Events. If you don't use that method, new projects go to a specified Event, but old projects get put into an ‘Updated Projects’ Event with keywords instead of the older project folder structure. 

FCPX new libraries

Clicking on a new Event now brings up the projects. Gone are the long thin strips at the bottom, the new icons are a poster image inside a clapperboard that won’t skim, but will load when clicked.

FCPX new projects

Cosmetically, the whole GUI looks slightly ‘sharper’ one addition is the the little circle indicator on the timeline cursor that appears when you have the timeline selected. A great idea as we always got confused if we were looking at the timeline or not. It also rides up stacked clips, which is clever.

FCPX new indicator

We also like the new ‘Used Media range’ indicator on clips. We don’t know if there is a way to toggle the view to show only used, or not used clips.

FCPX new used indicator

Under the hood, FCPX has been optimised for the dual GPU’s in the new Mac Pro with video monitoring up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2.

Great news for plugin developers, FxPlug 3 is now supported in FCPX and Motion5, so expect more cool plugins with custom GUIs and a big speed hike. Developers don’ have to wrap their plugins in Motion effects any more.

Here is the list of new features: 

• Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
• Video monitoring up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers
• 4K content including titles, transitions, and generators
• Libraries allow you to gather multiple events and projects within a single bundle
• Easily open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need
• Option to import media to locations inside or outside a library
• Automatically back up libraries to a user-specified drive or network location
• Project Snapshots let you quickly capture the project state for fast versioning
• Audio fade handles on individual audio channels in the timeline
• Add precise retime speeds by entering them numerically in the timeline
• Non-rippling retime option
• One-step Replace and Retime
• Custom project frame sizes
• Through edits displayed on all clip types
• Join Through Edit command removes bladed cuts to clips in the timeline
• Detach audio from Multicam Clips in the timeline to manipulate audio and video 
• Make video or audio-only edits into the timeline with Multicam Clips as sources
• Blade and move audio in J- and L-cuts
• Roll audio with J- and L-cut splits open
• Option to hide the Browser to gain more screen space for viewing
• Native support for .MTS and .MT2S files from AVCHD cameras
• Used media indicators on source clips
• Improved performance with large projects
• Improved performance when modifying or adding keywords to many clips at once
• Easily move, copy, and paste multiple keyframes
• Option for linear animation with Ken Burns effect
• Improved image stabilization with InertiaCam and Tripod mode
• Import photos from iOS devices
• Proxy and playback quality controls accessible in Viewer menu
• Support for portrait/landscape metadata in still images
• Effects parameters, fonts and text size included in XML metadata
• Improved support for growing media and edit whilst ingesting 
• FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
• API for custom Share operations using third-party software
• Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
• Share directly to Chinese video sites, Youku and Tudou
• Spanish language localization
• Ability to interact with the share target application to customize the export operation.


We won’t forget a few small updates to Motion either:

• Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
• FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support • Faster project loading, especially for complex projects
• Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
• Share directly to Chinese video sites Youku and Tudou
• Spanish language localization


So all round, great news. maybe not the update some expected, but solid new features building on the previous upgrades.