Apple has released updates to Final Cut Pro X to version 10.2, Motion to version 5.2 and Compressor to version 4.2. A lot of new eye-candy, some much needed new features and some large speed gains. Their 15th update to FCPX is still free and available for download now.
Apple update Final Cut Pro X to 10.2, Motion to 5.2 and Compressor to 4.2
Apple have surprised us again by releasing updates to the three professional video applications on the first day of NAB 2015. All the updates are free, which is a huge feature increase from when FCPX was first released.
Yes, the icons have had a makeover, looking a bit flatter than before!
We will look at the applications one by one, picking out the new main features, starting with FCPX. Don't forget to backup before you install!
(Please not all images are Digimarked)
Final Cut Pro X 10.2
Other Improvements, Features 7 Bug Fixes
- Enhanced Optical Flow with new algorithms and more format compatibility.
- Instantly display the alpha channel for any effect mask
- Improved keyframing with better motion smoothing
- CABAC entropy mode for multi-pass encoding
- Transform controls work correctly with photos in a secondary storyline
- Resizable Filter window for searching
- Slo-mo video clips from iPhone appear in the Browser with a badge
- Full-screen playback does not automatically superimpose transport controls
- Improved performance when skimming Long GOP video including AVCHD
- Exporting a Master File using i-Frame codecs like ProRes can play in QuickTime Player before the export completes
- Support for XAVC S video recorded at 120 fps and 240 fps
- MXF-wrapped AVC-Intra and Uncompressed files export faster
Final Cut Pro X is $299.99 on the Mac App Store and requires Yosemite 10.10.2. Free update for current users.
You can also take advantage of powerful surface-shading options in Motion, including texture maps, diffuse and specular reflection, and bump mapping. Cast shadows from any 3D title onto itself and other objects in a 3D scene, or add multiple lights, cameras, and tracking shots to create epic designs.
Only text can be in 3D, shapes are not supported. This does offer quite a bit of flexibility, the Jurassic World logo is an example.
Other Improvements, Features & Bug Fixes
- Improved keyframing, including copy and paste in the Timeline
- Improved mask and shape creation plus conversion to bezier shape for more control
- Background Share monitoring from within Motion
- Improved performance on Intel-based GPUs
- Better performance of FxPlug plug-ins and built-in effects that use multiple frames like Echo and Trails
- Improved stability when loading projects with missing filters or fonts
- Choosing a smooth option on an already smooth point no longer changes the curve
- Checkbox parameters display in the curve editor
- Double-clicking to add a new keyframe in the Curve Editor no longer changes interpolation of subsequent keyframes
- The Keyframe Editor vertical scroll bar displays the entire graph
- Keyframe Editor time scale is consistent
Motion 5.2 is $49.99 on the Mac App Store and requires Yosemite 10.10.2. Free update for current users.
iTunes Store Package
Once you’ve created your package, send it to an Apple-certified iTunes delivery partner for fast delivery to the iTunes Store.
The Charles Lloyd documentary is the first film on the iTunes Store to have been delivered using the Compressor 4.2. It's the fastest way to get your film on the store. Don't get excited however, this is not a one click publish to iTunes and make money scenario, you still have to go through an approved delivery partner such as ZOO Digital.
Other New features
- Zoom in the Preview window to watch content with true pixel accuracy
- Automatic bit-rate calculation for MPEG-4 and H.264 QuickTime movie settings
- Channels can be assigned to QuickTime audio tracks prior to processing
- Optional matrix stereo down-mix when processing surround sound for QuickTime output
- CABAC entropy mode for multipass encoding
- Jobs submitted via Droplet now appear in the Active and Completed tabs
- Improved stability when using Apple AES3 Audio format with ProRes 422 HQ
Compressor 4.2 is $49.99 on the Mac App Store and requires Yosemite 10.10.2. Free update for current users.