Apple has announced that updates of Final Cut Pro X to 10.4.1, Motion to 5.4.1 and Compressor to 4.4.1 will be available as free upgrades on Monday April 9th 2018.
Two big new features for FCPX are Closed Captions and the ability to use the new ProRes RAW codecs.
Apple also announced that 2017 was FCPX's best year with over 500,000 new seats being sold, bringing the total tally of seats sold to over 2.5 million since launch.
Final Cut Pro X Version 10.4.1 will be the second major update in four months, ending the speculation why a bug fix wasn't on its way! This free update (The 26th since launch) adds two new features, Closed Caption Support and the ability to use the new ProRes RAW Codecs.
Working as a new Role, Closed Captions can now be added, edited and exported from within FCPX. Importing an existing caption file will automatically connect the captions to a timeline at the correct places or captions can be built from scratch.
The captions connect to the Primary Storyline or audio clips so that they will move if items on the timeline are reordered. The captions can be exported via the new enhanced sharing pane as industry-standard CEA-608 (US TV) and iTT formats (iTunes), with the option to embed captions in the video file or create a separate sidecar file.
The new Role tab in the sharing pane displays all the titles, video and audio Roles from a Project. Enabled and disabled states of the Project are reflected in the panel and changes can be made by toggling on/off the roles.
Captioned videos can be shared directly to YouTube and Vimeo.
The Compressor update fully supports Closed Captions including the ability to create captions, view, adjust and deliver them.
Apple has announced two new codecs, ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ. These are designed to allow the FCPX user to have all the benefits of working with untouched raw image data from the camera sensor, but without the overhead of large files sizes and long render times.
You can play up to 8 streams of ProRes RAW or 7 streams of ProRes RAW HQ on an iMac Pro. When editing in Final Cut Pro, ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ render faster and export more quickly than comparable versions of REDCODE RAW and Canon Cinema RAW Light.
Some other speed comparisons, ProRes RAW HQ will render nearly 6x faster than REDCODE RAW 3:1 and ProRes RAW HQ will encode to H.264 nearly 6x faster than REDCODE RAW 3:1. The bandwidth of the new codecs is between ProRes 4444 and 422.
Which all sounds ideal if you need to make proxies or dailies of the RAW footage.
The update to Motion allows the app to support both codecs. (Obviously no closed caption support!)
Apple has also announced two ProRes RAW partners, Atomos and DJI. Which now makes sense of why Atomos are attending the FCPX events planned for NAB next week.
Atomos will announce that their Sumo 19 and Shogun Inferno recorders will support ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ with a firmware update.
DJI will announce that their Zenmuse X7 camera and Inspire 2 drone will support ProRes RAW and ProRes HQ.
Don't forget, these updates will come available on the Mac App Store on Monday the 9th.