Final Cut Pro X update introduces new Metal engine for increased performance
New Version Includes Optimizations for Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR
Today, Apple updated Final Cut Pro X with a new Metal engine that delivers performance gains across a wide range of Mac systems and takes advantage of the tremendous power of the all-new Mac Pro and the high-resolution, high-dynamic-range viewing experience of Apple Pro Display XDR. Apple is also releasing updates to Motion and Compressor that feature the same modern Metal engine with performance optimizations for Mac Pro and support for Pro Display XDR.
Today’s update to Final Cut Pro delivers a new Metal-based engine that improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks including rendering, real-time effects and exporting on Metal-compatible Mac computers. Video editors with 15-inch MacBook Pro, the most popular system for Final Cut Pro users, will benefit from performance that’s up to 20 percent faster, while editors using iMac Pro will see gains up to 35 percent.1
Sidecar Support with Catalina
Final Cut Pro works with the innovative new Sidecar feature of macOS Catalina that enables users to extend their Mac workspace by using iPad as a second display to show the browser or viewer. Video editors can use Sidecar with a cable or they can connect wirelessly for even greater flexibility — whether they are working on the go with a Mac notebook or in the edit suite with a Mac desktop.
Unprecedented Power with Mac Pro
Final Cut Pro will leverage the enormous power of Mac Pro, offering support for multiple GPUs and up to 28 CPU cores. This means that rendering is up to 2.9 times faster and transcoding is up to 3.2 times faster than on the previous-generation 12-core Mac Pro. And Final Cut Pro utilizes the new Afterburner card for unparalleled performance when working with ProRes and ProRes RAW — the groundbreaking format from Apple that combines the image quality and flexibility of RAW video with the performance of ProRes. This allows editors to simultaneously play up to 16 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video or work in cutting-edge 8K resolution with support for up to three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video.
Dynamic Range to the Extreme with Pro Display XDR
With a massive 32-inch, Retina 6K display, P3 wide color and extreme dynamic range, Pro Display XDR provides an immersive and true-to-life viewing experience. Final Cut Pro users can view, edit, grade and deliver high dynamic range video with 1,000 nits of full screen sustained brightness, 1,600 nits peak brightness and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Pro Display XDR easily connects to the Mac through a single Thunderbolt cable, and pros using Final Cut Pro on Mac Pro can simultaneously use up to three Pro Display XDR units — two for the Final Cut Pro interface and one as a dedicated professional reference monitor.
Additional New Features in Final Cut Pro 10.4.7
- Grade high dynamic range video with enhanced color mask and range isolation tools.
- View high dynamic range video tone-mapped to compatible standard dynamic range displays when using Final Cut Pro, Motion or Compressor on macOS Catalina.
- Select which internal or external GPU is used to accelerate graphics processing.
Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor, also benefit from the new Metal-based render engine, resulting in improved playback and accelerated graphics. Both apps are designed to take advantage of multiple GPUs and up to 28 CPU cores in Mac Pro, tap into the power of Afterburner and support professional HDR workflows on Pro Display XDR.
Pricing and Availability
Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 is available today as a free update for existing users, and for $299.99 (US) for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.4.4 and Compressor 4.4.5 are also available today as free updates for existing users, and for $49.99 (US) each for new users on the Mac App Store. Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $199.99 (US). For more information, please visit: apple.com/final-cut-pro.
1 Testing conducted by Apple in September 2019 using shipping 2.3GHz 18-core Intel Xeon W-based 27-inch iMac Pro systems with 256GB of RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics with 16GB of HBM2, as well as shipping 2.4GHz 8-core Intel Core i9-based 15-inch MacBook Pro systems with 32GB of RAM and Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics with 4GB of HBM2. Prerelease Final Cut Pro X tested on prerelease macOS Catalina, using a complex 2-minute project with a variety of media up to 3840 x 2160 resolution. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of iMac Pro and MacBook Pro.
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