April 13, 2015
NAB 2015

Apple Updates FCPX with New Motion Graphics Features, Faster Performance

In a press release, Apple today announced that they had rolled out a major update for FCPX, as well as updates for Motion and Compressor.

The broad strokes of the FCPX update have to do with incorporating better motion graphics and color grading tools directly into the NLE, while also improving performance and support for native editing of certain types of media.

Here's an excerpt from the press release that details the improvements in Apple's flagship NLE:

Final Cut Pro 10.2 lets video editors create gorgeous 3D titles with drag-and-drop ease and ships with simple templates to get started quickly, as well as cinematic templates with built-in backgrounds and animations. Users can choose from a set of text styles to customize the look of their titles with hundreds of combinations of materials, lighting and edges, and instantly convert 2D titles to 3D and see changes in real time.

NAB 2015 FCPX Update

Final Cut Pro 10.2 also lets editors view up to four video scopes simultaneously, for more precision when color grading, and includes improved Shape masks on any effect that can be saved as presets for quick access later. In addition, Final Cut Pro 10.2 natively supports even more video formats, including Panasonic AVC-Ultra and Sony XAVC-S, and makes working with RED RAW files faster than ever with GPU-accelerated transcoding, playback and rendering—including support for dual GPUs on Mac Pro.

You can get the full scoop by heading over to Apple's site to read the full press release. All of the updates are available today from the App Store.     

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Rather limited coverage and/or understanding of this release. There is a lot more. This doesn't do it justice. Here's a more complete article: http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/news/1642-apple-update-final-cut-pro-x-to-10-2-motion-to-5-2-and-compressor-to-4-2

April 13, 2015 at 1:27PM

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Braden Storrs
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That's No Film School for you, anything related to FCPX gets brushed under the rug, anything related to Adobe gets 3 or 4 posts about it. I like that NFS didn't even cover that FCPX was used on a 100 million dollar Will Smith movie (FOCUS) and yet they covered Gone Girl with a huge detailed story. There seems to be a bit of a bias at NFS.

April 13, 2015 at 2:07PM

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Brad Jones
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I agree FCPX is perfect for me. Show some love people.. I edit with it all day long and like way more than adobe p or avid. Def more user friendly.. It fits my style and work flow better

April 13, 2015 at 2:24PM

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Kyle Lamar
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It's not like there was anything else going on today. We had all the time in the world to write up detailed coverage!

April 13, 2015 at 4:47PM

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Rob Hardy
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I would except that if it wasn't for the overlooked story on the Will Smith movie. That was X's Cold Mountain moment and it was completely unreported on this site.

April 13, 2015 at 5:54PM

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Brad Jones
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Cut to the Coen brothers splicing film in their bathroom.

April 13, 2015 at 4:52PM

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John Fitzpatrick
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Exactly Brad. There's plenty to cover with NAB for sure but everything else got more coverage then this. Like you said it's Adobe all the way at No Film School. There's a ton happening in the FCP X sphere and it seems like they just try to ignore it so nobody finds out.

April 14, 2015 at 5:04AM

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Braden Storrs
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I'm very disappointed about how the new AMD D700 cards in the Mac Pro are giving Premiere problems. I'm getting random horizontal lines on export and sometimes during editing. Any idea if this will be resolved?

April 13, 2015 at 2:04PM, Edited April 13, 2:04PM

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That's something Adobe needs to fix and work with Apple to fix it. Old CS6 works fine on those cards but the latest CC has issues, FCPX works fine with those cards so to me that points to software engineers not hardware engineers. Adobe didn't write the code to work with those cards correctly hence the problem.

April 13, 2015 at 2:35PM

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Brad Jones
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That is good to know and hope Adobe is working on it. I read that other GPU heavy applications such as Resolve had issues as well and for that reason I figured it was a specific hardware issue that AMD might have to address.

April 13, 2015 at 2:52PM

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I've installed it and I'm not happy about it, the so called better tools for colorgrading is noting new and a few things less. Now, color grading is an effect so you have to ad it to each shot you want to grade, and each time you want to ad a "node" you have to ad the effect again, that's a pain in the ass. The few cheap 3D text effect the have ad isn't helping. I'm disappointed.

April 13, 2015 at 2:41PM

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AvdS
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You don't have to add it to each clip manually. There is a keyboard shortcut and once you enter the color window the "effect" is automatically added to whatever clip you are over and working with, or select.

April 14, 2015 at 5:06AM

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Braden Storrs
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more than anything, fcpx needs to add some kind of .omf option. It was such a nightmare with our narrative short to hand off to a mixer. Do they expect that a real film would be sound mixed in the application? so frustrating they didn't add this

April 13, 2015 at 2:44PM

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Alex Mallis
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Why would they add OMF? It's ancient and limited as formats go. If anything add AAF but there are already three options for getting an AAF from FCP X to pro Tools off the top of my head.

April 13, 2015 at 3:05PM

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Braden Storrs
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not familiar. So if i'm passing off a project to a sound mixer working in protools - i can give them an aaf and that has all the tracks intact?

April 13, 2015 at 5:17PM

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Alex Mallis
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Yes, OMF is very late 1990's, AAF is a far more robust file and easier to round trip with. Basically, Avid doesn't have XML they have AAF files which server as their proprietary version of XML (oversimplified explanation but you get the idea).

April 13, 2015 at 5:58PM

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Brad Jones
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Correct, and what Brad said.

April 14, 2015 at 5:08AM, Edited April 14, 5:08AM

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Braden Storrs
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Nice update - looks like they are moving towards eventually combining Motion and FCPX into one app maybe? You can make effects directly in FCPX without jumping to Motion in this update https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=680&v=mWwZPRIyeWc

April 13, 2015 at 3:52PM

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Jonny Lewis
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More than anything, I'd like a solution to the slow-down that seems to happen over time when working on a project. A simple restart springs things back to life, but an i7 machine with 24GB of RAM and ProRes over USB3 shouldn't need these workarounds. Fingers crossed for the 'performance improvements'.

April 13, 2015 at 4:52PM

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So far all the posts I've seen are positive in that regard. Time will tell.

April 14, 2015 at 5:09AM

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Braden Storrs
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To me its still Final Cut Workaround... When I listen to podcasts about FCPX they mostly just talk about the workarounds to do what FCP7 did, or plugins that add functionality that FCPX used to have.

Or they bag Premiere without actually knowing the software and that it can do what they claim it can't.

Theres no denying that Apple did the numbers and found they could cash in on the massive iMovie user base that wanted more but didn't want to or were afraid to learn or didn't want to pay for FCP7.

April 13, 2015 at 8:45PM

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April 14, 2015 at 6:08AM

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Jonny Lewis
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Yes thats one...

April 14, 2015 at 7:32AM

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And it took a full day for one person to reply to my post which I think says a lot about peoples thoughts on FCPX these days. There was a time when that post I wrote would have started a small war and now... crickets.

April 14, 2015 at 7:35AM

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People probably didn't waste their breath on you because you are speaking about ancient history. I'm not sure what it takes to convince people who have made up their minds about a piece software that it is now a professional piece of software that is being used in "Pro" environments. I mean it was on a 100 million dollar movie, does it need to be on a 200 million dollar movie? They use it at NBC and the BBC, does it have to be used by every major network in the world before people like you stop calling it IMovie Pro. Your comment is over 3 years old, that's probably why you didn't start your flame war.

April 14, 2015 at 1:13PM, Edited April 14, 1:13PM

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Brad Jones
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Exactly^^ People are tired of addressing pointless arguments that don't reflect the reality of using FCP X as a professional tool.

April 14, 2015 at 10:23PM

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Braden Storrs
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Keep telling yourself that. Just because you want something to be so doesn't make it so.

3 years and only up to 10.2 Typical Apple. Long history of drip reading features before eventual software death. Aperture despite its sizeable following was treated the same.

While it still needs a string of workarounds and plugins to get close to pro its still iMovie Pro. A 100m movie doesn't magically give it features. FCP7 was used to cut many many movies and three years later Apple have one...

April 15, 2015 at 2:19AM

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And another thing.

They killed Color, why? They stopped developing Color and the other apps long before they killed FCP7.

They killed FCP Server. Why?

Because Apple know the market they want wouldn't ever touch pro apps like those.

Color and Server were independent of FCP7, they didn't need to kill them and If they intended FCPX to be pro then wouldn't you keep those around and integrate them in the pipeline?

April 15, 2015 at 2:25AM

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As you sure, most people tend to complain about the lack of Color and Server.

But the thing is why would you need those programs in a "pro" editing environment?

Your color artist should have already done all of the clips, and there would be no reason to send footage around because at the editing stage you should be editing the master files on site.

Again I totally understand that you might have a work-flow where people have to be in different locations... But in a "Pro" environment you would never have to deal with that.

Naturally I understand that the community is outraged that there is less in the package, and color artists and proxy editing is not as easy as other versions.

But those are really two different jobs that the editor should never have to do, in a "pro" environment.

April 15, 2015 at 7:49PM

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Kyle Dockum
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10.2 is the 15th update made to FCPX. At least know what your talking about before you start typing. Wow!
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201237

Also, it took about the same amount of time for the original Final Cut to have high profile feature films cut on that NLE as well. Cold Mountain, for instance, didn't come out until 2003, Final Cut came out in 1999.

April 15, 2015 at 3:07PM

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Brad Jones
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We know about all the micro updates. Mostly bug fixes. Few notable updates. 10.1 helped turn things around.

Your missing my point. A cut is a cut. But Apple are not interested in the Pro community and they have proved it in killing Color and Server.

Apple are promoting the connection with Focus because they know it impresses the market they are after. It worked well in promoting FCP classic.

April 15, 2015 at 7:02PM

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About time!

I was looking to do more 3D animation and I have put off buying Motion due to the fact that it simply lacked a lot of the 3D options I wanted.

But for $50 I guess I will have to put my money where my mouth is.

April 14, 2015 at 2:30PM

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Kyle Dockum
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