Apple patent: Metadata generation from nearby devices

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Today Apple was awarded a patent for a process where when data is created or saved on a device, the device detects nearby devices ('second devices') and offers possible metadata tag options that could be associated with the data:

Identifying the content can include identifying the content that has just been created (e.g., identifying a digital picture right after the picture is taken), or selecting from a list of content that was created when at least one of the second devices was in transmission range with the first device. In the latter case, each content file can be associated with a list of second devices that were present. The user of the first device can have the options of labeling the file with a particular second device or a group of second devices (e.g., multiple labels can be assigned to each file).

The content can have a variety of formats. For example, the content can be a text file (e.g., a text note), a data file (e.g., a spreadsheet), a multimedia file (e.g., a sound recording, a digital image, or a digital movie clip), or in any other format (e.g., a voice mail message, an entry in a data sheet, a record in the database, etc)

For OS X and iOS 8 users, the metadata would appear as tags associated with a file, calendar event, contact or note. For Pro Apps users the metadata would appear as keywords associated with stills, audio and video clips recorded on iOS, OS X and other devices.

Those controlling public devices such as iBeacons could also offer up useful metadata for those creating content in public spaces.

 

Apple's video conferencing patent

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Apple has been awarded a video conferencing patent for connecting multiple cameras in one location:

Multiple cameras are oriented to capture video content of different image areas and generate corresponding original video streams that provide video content of the image areas.

One part seems to overlap with the way Google Hangouts works:

An active one of the image areas may be identified at any time by analyzing the audio content originating from the different image areas and selecting the image area that is associated with the most dominant speech activity.

The illustrations are interesting - ranging from a TARDIS-like desk to a vertical video display (showing that the video feeds could be sent to devices people view in portrait mode).

Tardis

 

 

 

Apple Pro Apps Revenue: 2005-2014

Monday, 28 July 2014

For many years most users of Apple's 'Pro Apps' assumed that they were a loss leader for high-end Macintoshes. Very light copy protection meant that many students pirated the software, but that wasn't a problem for Apple. 99.9% of Final Cut Pro users needed a Mac to run the software.

These days Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X users may love their software, but many are worried that Apple might discontinue them at any moment. Pro Apps are such a small contributor to Apple's bottom line, and the transition from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X has left many people gun-shy. They don't want to bet their livelihood on an ecosystem that Apple may abandon at a whim.

Here's a look at how much revenue Apple probably gets from selling Pro Apps, some worries might be alleviated.  

Rumour: iMovie and Final Cut updates due with OS X Yosemite

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A report on Apple rumour site 9to5Mac that Apple will launch retina Macs and monitors with the next version of OS X:

Also in the cards for the Mac side, sources say, are at least a couple of next-generation Mac lines. Sources say that Apple is finishing up work on both a smaller MacBook with a high-resolution display and a new desktop computer, either an iMac or a standalone monitor, with a 4K resolution screen.

The post also mentions iMovie and Final Cut:

In addition to the new hardware with higher-resolution display panels, Apple is said to be preparing updates to both iMovie and Final Cut Pro to bolster support for editing, exporting, and importing video taken with 4K resolution-capable cameras.

I'm not sure what more could be done to make iMovie and Final Cut Pro X work better with 4K cameras. Current versions of both have features ready to handle 4K, 5K and more already.

In practice the new versions of the applications are more likely to demonstrate advantages of OS X Yosemite. If we're lucky, Apple might also launch iOS apps designed to work with Macs running iMovie or Final Cut Pro X, such as remote Inspector panel or a workflow assistant.

 

 

Final Cut Pro X Subclips tutorials

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

fcp.co have gathered together a series of subclip tutorials by T Payton. As well as forum posts, the YouTube videos…

should be watched in order. All six add up to about an hour, so grab yourself a coffee!

 

There‘s more to UHD than pixels: BBC R&D on HDR video

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Most people associate UHD with 4K - four times as many pixels. A more important aspect is a higher range of colour and brightness - High Dynamic Range Video. Recently BBC R&D took part in the European UHD standards workshop:

Currently in stills photography, due to limitations in print and screen technologies, it is usual to utlilse a "tone-mapping" algorithm to create a lower dynamic range representation of an HDR image suitable for printing or viewing on a PC screen. These tone-mapping algorithms can lead to severe distortion and poor representation of natural scenes. For HDR video, the intent is to utilise a high brightness, high contrast ratio screen to show the HDR content, reducing the need for tone-mapping.

Their belief is that further work is required amongst the various standards groups to:

identify a suitable peak brightness and suitable dynamic range to maximise the increase in subjective quality without causing physical discomfort or requiring long adaptation periods,

identify which proposal is best suited to television including live production with mixes, fades and Digital Video Effects (DVE) image shifts, and

write a final end-to-end specification for the delivery of HDR video

 

MacBreak Studio: Final Cut Pro X Used Media Ranges

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

This week's MacBreak Studio video shows how much more you can do in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 with media that is used in the current project and media not yet used in the current project.

While it's great to be able to quickly filter browser clips in this way, the real power of this feature comes into play in the Filter HUD.

This is the 102nd free Final Cut Pro X tutorial video from Mark Spencer and Steve Martin of Ripple Training.

My YouTube list of all 102.

 

Apple's metadata propagation patent

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Apple has been awarded a patent that says that metadata propagation rules can be included with video files. That means you could pass on a video file with metadata that would be available to an editor but not exported when the generate new content based on the files you sent them:

Some embodiments provide a method for processing metadata associated with digital video in a multi-state video computer readable medium. The method specifies a set of rules for propagating the metadata between different states in the video computer readable medium. It then propagates the metadata between the states based on the specified set of rules.

It also describes an example when the metadata in one set of video clips can be assigned to a related set of clips stored elsewhere. This would apply if an on-set assistant had added metadata to lo-res H.264 clips on an iPad and an editor wanted some of the metadata applied to the media from the professional cameras.

It also says that the metadata could also define which parts of the high-quality media should be captured later:

In some embodiments, the method recaptures digital video from a first storage, when at least a portion of the digital video is also stored in a second storage. The method retrieves the digital video from the first storage. It identifies a set of metadata that is stored for the digital video in the second storage, and then determines whether there is an associated set of rules for processing this set of metadata when the digital video is re-captured from the first storage. If so, the method then stores the set of metadata with the retrieved digital video in a third storage.

 

Xto7 update

Sunday, 20 July 2014

If you need to share Final Cut Pro X work with those using Final Cut Pro 7 or Adobe Premiere, convert Final Cut Pro X XML exports using Xto7 for Final Cut Pro. Today's update is a bug fix:

Bug Fix for subclips when importing XML into Premiere Pro

 

New Colour features in Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Oliver Peters: 'New NLE Color Features'

As someone who does color correction as often within an NLE as in a dedicated grading application, it’s nice to see that Apple and Adobe are not treating their color tools as an afterthought

You can see a good demo of Final Cut Pro X log processing if you click the second image. 

 

PluralEyes 3.3.7 update

Sunday, 20 July 2014

If you run an older version of Red Giant PluralEyes 3 today, you'll be prompted that there's a new version. Version 3.3.7...

You can now safely download FCPX 10.1.2 for use with PluralEyes 3.

 

Apple job vacancy

Friday, 18 July 2014

On November 18, 2008 Apple added this job description to their website:

Video Editor Product Designer, Pro Apps

Apple’s Pro Apps Design Group is seeking a passionate video editor who understands the complexity of software product design. This person must possess a relentless attention to detail, a gifted eye for aesthetics and the ability to quickly grasp and distill highly complex matters.

The candidate will work closely with all designers, producers, engineers, and other editors to design the future of Pro Apps; high-visibility applications that are used daily by creative professionals working in post-production (examples include Final Cut Pro, Motion and Soundtrack Pro).

The designer will be responsible for researching, designing and prototyping new user experiences and features, creating design mockups, producing visual assets and writing behavioral documentation (required for proper design implementation).

The candidate must be a natural collaborator who prefers being creative in a team environment, a passionate customer advocate and be capable of crafting and designing simple solutions to complex design problems.

Qualifications:
-Minimum 5 years of experience as a video editor, with sound design/production, motion graphics, photography, and videography skills.
-Experienced creating or designing innovative and visually stunning user experiences for software, games, DVDs, video, or the web.
-Degree in film production, interaction design, human factors and/or visual design (or equivalent).
-An outstanding body of work demonstrated as a reel (film, TV, web examples) or design portfolio demonstrating the successful delivery of innovative video, motion graphics, and/or design.
-Understanding of Apple’s human interface design language and the ability to translate it into future designs of Apple’s professional applications.
-Exceptional understanding of fundamental design disciplines (typography, composition, information architecture, color and animation) and principals (affordance, clustering, consistency, usability, etc.).
-The ideal candidate is not afraid of a blank white board or blank screen.

Software Skills:
-Expert-level knowledge of editing, motion graphics, and finishing suites like FCP, Avid, Smoke, Luster, etc.
-Highly versed in graphic design tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Omnigraffle, etc.
-Complete mastery of the Mac OS X platform.
-Advanced knowledge of interaction prototyping tools such as Flash, Director and/or AfterEffects is a big plus.

The position was unfilled six months later in June 2009.

On June 3, 2014, Apple added this job decription to their jobs website:

Video Applications Product Designer, Pro Apps

Apple’s Professional Apps Design group is seeking a Video Applications Product Designer who has deep knowledge of the video editing space and workflow with a variety of video tools.

The Video Applications Product Designer will play a key role in the future of video applications. From brainstorming through implementation, the Video Applications Product Designer will work with members of the Video Applications design team, engineering, marketing, and QA groups. We are looking for an imaginative, resourceful and enthusiastic designer to help us continue to make products that blend ease of use with powerful feature sets all with an unsurpassed attention to detail.

Qualifications:
-The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of non-linear video editing, workflow, audio and video finishing. The candidate should understand a wide breath of video editing workflows that range from consumers to professional editors. The candidate should be detailed oriented and able to visually express ideas and thoughts in a variety of ways. The candidate will be able to translate their years of post production experience into designs that create features and applications that exemplify Apple's commitment to it's users.
-Deep understanding of Apple’s human interface design language and of the Mac OSX, iPhone and iPad platforms
-Experience designing web, iOS or desktop application or features
-Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
-Knowledge of video editing, sound design or related disciplines
-Knowledge and experience use of competitive post production tools and applications 
-Experience creating multimedia projects or prototypes

Education / Experience:
-Four year degree or higher preferred 
-5 years experience post production or related fields 
-Experience with FCPX, iMovie, Compressor and Motion
-Knowledge of user-centered design principles
-Great written and verbal communication skills
-Excellent collaborative skills 
-Highly professional, with the ability to deliver solid work on tight schedules

Highlighting mine.

Applying for the job? Tell them Alex sent you!

 

Adobe Premiere and UK TV post-production

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Yesterday I went to an interesting evening hosted by ITV Studios and Adobe. ITV Studios wanted editors to understand why Adobe Premiere Pro is a now a peer to Avid Media Composer when it comes to editing TV programmes of many different kinds. It was presented as a tale of Premiere vs. Media Composer - Final Cut Pro 7 and X were hardly mentioned.

ITV Studios makes over 3,500 hours of TV every year ranging from soap operas like Coronation Street, dramas such as Poirot and game shows including Come Dine with Me and I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

ITV Studios Production Modernisation programme

Martyn Suker, ITV Studios Head of Production Innovation, introduced their Production Modernisation programme. ITV Studios is organised as a group of individual TV production companies. That means they didn't need to impose a single huge digital asset management system. There is no need for the 'Mr. Selfridge' drama production team to access the many hours of rushes recorded for 'Come Dine With Me.' However, as nearly all broadcasters will require file-based submission of broadcast shows by October 1st 2014, ITV Studios wanted to define a 'commission to broadcast' workflow standard. 

Instead of an all-encompassing digital asset management system, they decided to use MioEverywhere from Nativ. MioEverywhere is a 'media logistics platform' - a way for information to flow from initial proposal, to production planning, photography, post-production and submission.

One aspect of file-based production that ITV Studios want to get control over is shooting ratios. In previous years producers understood how much footage was being recorded by counting video tapes at the end of each day. If the number of tapes suddenly stacked up, producers knew that something needed to be investigated. Few people can understand how many minutes are stored on an individual camera card. ITV Studios gets producers to consider this problem at a very early stage. Once a programme, film or series is commissioned budgeting includes defining how much media storage will be available to the production. At any stage any member of the production is able to see a graph that shows how much of the storage budget has been used so far.

mio tab

Mio Tab in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

A Mio production workflow amongst other things establishes a media storage limit, standard metadata tags and names the people involved. It uses Adobe Prelude to ingest footage, giving on-set post people the correct set of tags and the chance to do simple sequence stringouts. The clips and sequences then can be accessed in Adobe Premiere Pro. As Premiere can host HTML5-based UI elements from external systems, editors can access a special Mio tab which shows production metadata and handles the approval process. Instead of individually making DVDs in Premiere, Mio handles encoding, file transfer to approvers and import of timecode-based notes from collaborators.

After signoff Mio then prepares the required files for submission to the broadcasters - the required metadata stored as XML as well as a quality-controlled file using the correct codec settings.

Why Adobe Premiere Pro?

The audience at the event was made up of in-house editors and freelance editors. I got the impression that one of the aims of the evening was for the experienced Avid-only in-house editors to take Premiere seriously. The presence of many freelancers unthreatened by Premiere was perhaps supposed to give a strong message to those who haven't needed to learn it yet.

From a technical perspective, the Adobe advantage is that it can most easily fit into non-Adobe workflows. Adobe sticks to providing software instead of attempting to sell production companies and broadcasters full systems from software to storage to networking.

There's currently no way for a third-party system to populate a custom part of the Avid Media Composer UI with information relevant to the current edit. Avid users can export AS-11 compliant video files for submission to broadcasters, but won't be involved in creating the complex XML package that is also needed.

Matthew Gyves, Senior Manager, Professional Video Team, Adobe then gave a great demo of Premiere itself. Here's the order of the features he thought relevant - as he only had 30 minutes:

  1. No rendering needed - no transcoding
  2. Flexible interchange using AAF and Final Cut Pro 7 XML
  3. Adobe Story - using a text transcription from a clip, speech to text means you can select a phrase in the transcription to set an in and out point for the clip
  4. Integration with Adobe After Effects - sending a clip, making changes in AE - instant update in Premiere
  5. Integration with Adobe SpeedGrade - same timeline in grading application, all changes implemented as non-destructive effects applied to clips
  6. Integration with Adobe Audition - fixing an audio problem in a single clip using Photoshop-like 'heal' tool to remove a syllable
  7. Features in After Effects now built into Premiere - Footage stabilisation
  8. Many effects have masks that can track features in footage
  9. Integration with After Effects - If you need to make text changes in a title, you don't have to visit AE. Text now editable in Premiere Pro.

Selling to Premiere to Avid editors

After these two technical presentations, we were treated to a pair of interesting case studies: quick turnaround music TV programme production from Jon Walton of My Little Eye productions and using multicam features to manage multiple takes in a short video, presented by William H. W. Read

For variety, Ben Foakes of We Are One Media gave a presentation about how much could change in post production in coming years. With wider availability of fast internet connections he predicts that production houses will become virtualized: the media and rendering power will be in the cloud - fast connections will mean that editors will use NLEs that transfer commands to the cloud. The cloud will then do whatever media access and rendering needed with the UI on the local computer being updated at 50 frames per second. Adobe Anywhere is a step in this direction.

The last speaker was Ollie Tait, Managing Director of Lambent Productions. He described the first full production that used the new Production Modernisation programme: The Pity of War - a documentary drama starring John Hurt. He explained that the Mio-managed file-based workflow saved them money.

  • Less ingest cost
  • Less storage cost
  • Editor can use low-end system to edit in production office - not locked away in expensive edit suite
  • No tape deck hire, no tapes
  • Biggest saving: no conform costs

An extra expense was the extra two weeks for the editor to get used to Premiere Pro - 6 weeks of editing for an hour-long drama instead of 4.

Ollie described the savings in post production as being enough for a low-budget drama documentary to be able to afford to hire John Hurt. 

Final Cut What?

Final Cut Pro doesn't seem relevant to ITV Studios productions at the moment. The resentment and mistrust of Apple seems to be present three years after Final Cut Pro 7 was suddenly discontinued. One of the main advantages of Premiere over Avid that was presented was the lack of any need to transcode footage - a feature available also in Final Cut Pro X, but irrelevant to those in the room who only took Final Cut Pro in its version 7 incarnation seriously. For many busy freelancers, the lack of layers is still a strong disincentive for them to set aside the hours to learn a completely new editing application.

Despite all the enthusiasm Final Cut Pro fans have, it looks like it will be a long time until their favorite application is a peer to Media Composer and Premiere Pro in UK TV post. In order for Apple to invest in regaining trust and opening up to third-party partnerships, they'll have to see the potential benefit to their bottom line. Will the fact that popular TV shows are edited using Final Cut encourage more people to spend $300 on an editing application? If an extra 20,000 copies are sold, then it will be worth Apple's investment.

In the coming months we'll see if Apple supports a range high-end TV and film productions. In practice that means collaborating with companies like L.A.-based FCPWorks in other parts of the world.

  

Avid, Adobe and Apple NLEs: June 2013-June 2014 feature updates

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

If you are faithful user of a single video editing application, it is a good idea to keep up with improvements that other NLEs have made. In an ideal world competition would prompt features on one system to appear on others, but influence of each company on the other is unlike normal competitive markets.

I'll use Final Cut Pro X terms in some cases (for example Premiere 'sequences' are Final Cut 'projects').

Avid Media Composer

Avid-Media-Composer-Updates

v7.0 - June 2013

  • Dynamic Media Folders - Finder folders that 'listen' for new media content, when added MC creates new events using preset import settings
  • Camera-based (AMA) media is managed - All readable media on a drive can be imported
  • Files in the Finder can be dragged directly into Media Composer
  • Background transcoding and consolidation
  • Choose whether to relink audio, video or metadata tracks - after you've finished editing with proxies
  • Transcode or consolidate camera-based media only
  • Label which timeline clips were camera-based (AMA media)
  • Apply external LUTs to clips
  • Audio mixer elements can be configured
  • Audio plugins can be applied to whole tracks
  • Audio mixer master fader
  • Aspect ratio masks
  • Adjust audio level of clips using timeline window control
  • Buttons to switch library view between list, icon and script view
  • Export to AS-11
  • Markers with duration
  • Move marker from one track to another
  • QuickTime with alpha clips supported
  • XAVC support for 1080p projects
  • iXML metadata support
  • Timeline can scroll vertically
  • Mouse scroll wheel support
  • Editing and sync projects, libraries and clips stored on Avid Interplay servers
  • Send and receive messages between Interplay users

v7.0.2 - September 2013

  • Option to always keep at least one backup - To prevent deletion based on setting of the number of backups of all libraries
  • XDCAM EX 35 Capture
  • Rule-based naming of Dynamic Media Folders

v7.0.3 - December 2013

  • Effects browser buttons to show video or audio effects
  • Add markers at start and finish of marker with duration
  • 24fps sound timecode support in non SD PAL projects
  • Option to warn when resolution of imported media is too low
  • Frame interpretation control when using retimed clips
  • Simplied AAF export - Option to create new clips with video and audio effects baked in and audio mixed down to less tracks
  • More proxy resolutions
  • RED Dragon 6K and Red Rocket card support

v7.0.4 - May 2014

  • New Sony LUT
  • New crash report log
  • New SMPTE HD colour bars

Media Composer | Software v8.0 - May 2014

New licensing options 

  • Option to add NewsCutter features
  • Coloured borders around clips in event viewer that denote the kind of clip they are
  • Clip labels can show whether media is local or mixed resolution
  • Audio mix mode can now have a keyboard shortcut assigned to it
  • Option to choose the response to lasooing a transition: Enter trim mode or segment mode
  • For single viewer mode, you can switch between viewers with a button
  • Alternate edit replaces a timeline clip with a clip with a similar name from a special event
  • Auto tape import - when deck has servo-lock, footage is captured until tape is stopped
  • Satellite mode - 'capture from multiple sources at the same time while recording to tape'
  • Voiceover record
  • Remove clips based on voiceover silence
  • Trim with J-K-L keys
  • Easier access to software licensing information

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe-Premiere-Pro-Updates-a

CC 7.0 - June 2013

  • Sync settings - Preferences, presets and settings stored in the Creative Cloud, so you can quickly set up a new machine with the same settings instantly
  • Adobe Anywhere integration - The ability to work with special PC servers that manage group collaboration and distributed rendering.
  • Retina display compatibility
  • Customizable track headers
  • Relinking offline media - Even if it has been renamed or transcoded
  • Duplicate frames - Show which frames have been used more than once in a timeline
  • Closed captioning - Import, edit retime and export subtitles that can be optionally displayed in video plaback devices and applications
  • Multicam auto-syncing - based on markers, timecode or audio
  • Track patching - Choose which tracks in event clips interact with which tracks in your timeline - with the option to store track patch combinations in presets which can be given keyboard shortcuts.
  • Edit unnested sequences into timelines
  • Join through edits
  • Razor tool and Playhead snapping option
  • Enhanced paste attributes - After copying attributes from a clip, choose which of its attributes are applied to the destination clip.
  • Namable nexted sequences
  • Trim-to-zero duration - Remove a timeline clip using trimming keyboard shortcuts
  • Playhead stays with edit point after a ripple delete
  • New clip audio mixer panel - for adjusting the audio of clips (in contrast with the track audio mixer panel)
  • Hierarchical audio plugin-assignment popup menu
  • Audio meter in track headers
  • Volume and pan controls in track headers
  • Assign audio tracks to multiple output tracks
  • Access to AU audio plugins
  • Access yo third-party VST plugins
  • Multichannel QuickTime export
  • External hardware mixer support
  • Improved colour - Apply LUTs (and Adobe Speedgrade .look files) using a colour browser
  • Adobe Story integration - Import screenplays into a panel. Jump to scenes, characters or locations. Select edit points in clips based on transcribed audio.
  • New keyboard shortcuts - Select previous/next clip in timeline, Select clip at playhead, Select all clips between in and out point, Move clip up/down one layer
  • CUDA processing - on systems with compatible GPU cards
  • New codecs within Premiere - MXF-wrapped DNxHD, ProRes, Sony XAVC, Panasonic AVCi200
  • Improved import and export within Avid and Final Cut Pro workflows using AAF and the new codecs
  • Export to tape - using third party SDI tape export devices
  • Switching between audio and video waveform display with one click

CC 7.0.1 - July 2013

  • Duplicate timeline title by option-dragging
  • Lift or extract clips enhancement - works if only an in point or outpoint is selected
  • Cut/Copy/Clear works on in and out points
  • Enable or disable clips using a context menu 
  • Match frame uses selected clip - superceding track trageting
  • Only relink media used in selected project
  • Enhanced EDL export - choose which video and audio layers are included in the EDL amognst other new options
  • Match frame in source monitor to event clip
  • Linked selection toggle - select associated audio and video clips with a single click, or select a clip without selecting its associated clips
  • Reveal source file in Finder
  • Set default project start timecode value
  • Preview source files from the Finder in the source window
  • Match frame enhancements - In source window match frame first goes to the multicam or compound clip, then to the source clip in the event.
  • Offline clips shown in unexpanded tracks
  • Tone generator - Generates bars and tones using different options
  • Open closed caption clip using caption panel
  • Access event clip settings using timeline shortcut
  • Smarter auto-save - Only saves when there arch changes, doesn't skip saves when busy
  • Improved still image timelapse support - choose duration in frames for imported stills
  • Preference to prevent playing a clip again by pressing the space bar if playhead is on last frame
  • Preference to set window focus to timeline after editing clips from events to the timeline
  • Jump between edit points on clips in the event viewer window
  • Clear in and/or out points in multiple clips selected in an event
  • Toggle keyboard focus between event viewer and viewer using keyboard shortcut

CC 7.1 - October 2013

  • Round-tripping between Premiere and SpeedGrade - for colour correction
  • Render multiple projects - select multiple projects in an event and use a command to render them one after another
  • Ripple project markers option
  • Draggable project markers - showing selected frame in the viewer as you drag
  • Back button in library browser
  • Projects appear as thumbnail icon - which are skimmable
  • End of media indicator in viewers
  • Add edit command applies to selected clips - overriding track tragetting
  • J,K,L keyboard shortcuts in Edit to tape dialog
  • J,L shortcuts can playback at faster speeds
  • Using - in the speed dialog reverses the playback of the selected clip - No need to click the reverse speed check box
  • QuickTime exporting supports 5.1 and 8 channel export
  • New metadata columns in event browser list view - Sound timecode and sound roll
  • Clip name options - Each clip can be set to display its project name, event name or source file name
  • Timecode generator automatically uses project timebase
  • Paste a transition to multiple edit points
  • Reset parameter buttons for each parameter in the inspector
  • Metadata display for viewers - source timecode, edit points, media limits, marker comments, clip metadata, sequence timecode
  • Load embedded closed captions on import
  • Support of closed captions in MXF, DFXP and CEA-708 files and QuickTime movies using any codec
  • Display multicam camera angles as track names or clip names
  • Organize and select camera angles to view in multicam viewer
  • Multicam results play in viewer
  • Full multicam clip information from Final Cut Pro timelines
  • New import formats - ProRes 64-bit, Blackmagic Cinema DNG, Native MJPEGs (Canon 1DC), RED DRAGON with ROCKET-X, Panasonic AVC Ultra Long GOP, Phantom Cine, Sony RAW (F65, F55, F5, FS700), Sony XAVC Long GOP
  • New export formats - Panasonic AVCI-100 (50p, 60p), Panasonic AVCI-200, Sony XAVC Intra
  • Export QuickTime formats in 64-bit process
  • Preference to let current editing tool define which kind of edit will be applied to an edit - even if when last selected a different kind of edit was applied (such is ripple or roll)
  • New keyboard shortcut for preferences dialog

CC 7.2 - December 2013

  • Descriptive text in empty Project panel or Timeline panel - such as "Drop Media Here To Create Sequence"
  • Auto-save now saves even if you have recently manually saved 
  • Create sequence by dragging clip to Timeline
  • Export markers as a list
  • Duplicate frame marking improvments - now detects if frames from two different clips using the same media on disk, or have the same tape name and metadata
  • Use Ripple-Delete command for In/Out range
  • Warning to prevent project overwriting - if another editor has opened the project after you and you then attempt to save your work over theirs
  • Multiple library browsers
  • Create new library from project - Using only clips used in the project timeline
  • When showing a multicam clip with one angle in the angle viewer, show it full size
  • In the timeline multicam clip names append the name of the video source angle clip
  • Record voiceovers directly into a project timeline
  • Mosaic effect is now GPU optimized
  • Support for GeForce GT 750M
  • MXF Importer for importing P2 and Canon XF files
  • Natively import AVCI-100 .mov files and smart render the files to MXF-wrapped AVCI-100 files
  • When using third-party transmit tools for SDI display, audio and video remain in sync

CC (2014 release) - June 2014

  • Video effect masks
  • Masks can track objects and features within clips
  • Edit text within titles created in After Effects
  • Apply and modify event clip effects - which change every instance of the clip in any timelines they are used in
  • Access to thousands of Typekit fonts
  • Autosave projects to online cloud
  • Settings from previous version synced to new version
  • Match from from event clip to frame on timeline where clip is used
  • Open timeline clip in event viewer showing frame where playhead is on timeline
  • Change sync of timeline clip, drag back to event to create new clip with new sync
  • Assign multiple keyboard shortcuts to a command
  • Option to use native pixels for stills
  • Viewer option checkerboard background to show transparency
  • Project context menu option to export event clip
  • Option to not display FX icons on clips in timeline with effects applied
  • Preference to set how many frames are moved when using shift-left arrow and shift-right arrow keyboard shortcuts
  • New tool to select clips on all tracks back from clip clicked to start of timeline
  • Named markers
  • Option when importing to create a new folder for new clips
  • Option to prevent importing duplicate media
  • Import Finder folder hierarchy as folders in library
  • Context menu option to make sequences offline
  • Browse After Effects projects and within projects using the media browser
  • Add media folders to list of favourites
  • Maintain audio pitch when scrubbing option
  • Voice-over recording enhancements - Specify pre-roll countdown and sound cues
  • Cross-platform consistency between OS X and Windows versions - video effects and transitions available on only one platform now cannot be applied in CC (2014) projects
  • Faster RED debayering using OpenCL and CUDA GPUs
  • Support for Intel Iris GPUs
  • ARRI AMIRA workflow
  • Blackmagic CinemaDNG metadata support
  • Export to AS-11 for broadcast, Quvis Wraptor DCP, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus
  • Progress bar for dock icon
  • Go Pro lens presets for Lens Distortion video effect
  • Preserve multicam source clip effects when flattening
  • Cross Dissolve transition can now be saved as a preset
  • Change duration on multiple transitions at once
  • Closed captions can be exported as .scc, .mcc, .xml or .stl sidecar files
  • Improved Red Giant Pluraleyes workflows
  • Ability to use Sound Roll and Sound Timecode in EDL export
  • Mosaic effect is now GPU optimized
  • 12 more commands can have keyboard shortcuts assigned

Apple Final Cut Pro X

Final-Cut-Pro-X-Updates

10.1 - December 2013

  • Support of multiple GPUs in 2013 Mac Pro
  • HDMI and Thunderbolt output at frame sizes up to 4K
  • Selected titles, effects, and other media content scaled for 4K projects
  • Libraries, a new way to organize multiple events and multiple projects in a single container
  • Project snapshots - backup projects with frozen disconnected compound clips
  • Media file storage on disk locations external to libraries
  • Direct importation of MTS/M2TS files
  • Used clip range indicators
  • Direct import of photos from iOS devices
  • Support for portrait/landscape metadata in still images
  • More retiming options
  • New clip stabilization method
  • Custom project resolutions
  • Viewer control to choose better playback quality or better playback performance
  • Viewer control to choose source or proxy media
  • Through edits
  • Trim to playhead
  • Trim to clip range selection
  • Video or audio only edits from multicam clips
  • Access to multicam audio for editing
  • Blade audio tracks in J and L cuts to get independent audio clips
  • Roll audio edits in open split edits
  • Share 4K finished videos directly to YouTube
  • New API for customizing Share operations
  • Send Apple Events to Asset Management applications during export
  • FXPlug 3 update to include custom inspector controls
  • Effect parameters, fonts, and text size information preserved in XML files
  • Hide browser option for more workspace
  • New title
  • Cut / Copy / Paste / Delete animation keyframes
  • Custom speeds
  • Option not to ripple the timeline when making clip speed changes
  • Show unused media only

10.1.2 - June 2014

  • More control over optimised media, proxy media and render files in libraries
  • Apply LUTs to HDR and wide-gamut media from high-end cameras
  • A new ProRes flavour: 4444 XQ
  • Faster export of cuts only XDCAM media
  • Fine-grained control over XML export - from individual clips, multiple clips, projects, events or whole libraries
  • Library metadata view
  • Automatically apply keywords based on tags assigned in the Finder 
  • The ability to search for or create smart collections of used or unused media in the current project, compound clip, synchronized clip or multicam clip.
  • A 'Share to Vimeo at 4K' destination
  • Unused range indicators for compound clips, multicam clips and synced clips
  • Tools to support voiceover Audition clips
  • Adjust relaive as well as absolute audio volume of a clip or range within a clip
  • Option to sort events by date or name within libraries list
  • The ability to import a clip by dragging directly to the browser
  • New 'Basic Surround' audio preset
  • Break apart Auditions to see the individual clips on the timeline
  • Using the , and . keys to nudge clips in the timeline now acts as a slide edit
  • Updated version of Final Cut Pro X XML - so a wider variety of information can be exported to or imported from other workflow applications
  • More control of how synchronised clips are generated
  • Much better relinking of missing files
  • When importing from consumer devices choose whether to show photos or videos
  • New text format presets
  • 37 new effects, transitions, titles and generators
  • Paste a copied transition to multiple clips

 

Final Cut Pro X transitions when you don't have enough media

Monday, 14 July 2014

In some situations you'll get this message when you attempt create a transition between two clips in Final Cut Pro X: 

not-enough-media

There are new extra frames after the end of the outgoing clip and frames before the start of the incoming clip for the transition to work with. This applies to compound clips and other kinds of media as well as video clips. 

There are many cases when you won't want Final Cut to ripple trim the clips and reduce the duration of the storyline you're editing.

An alternative is to use an Adjustment Layer to apply an effect to the end of the outgoing clip (or clips) and the start of the incoming clip, and to animate the effect's parameters so the effect is strongest at the first frame of the incoming clip:

Download my free adjustment layer plugin from my old plugins site.

Footage from EditStock.com.

 

 

UK HD TV: Interlace not dead yet

Wednesday, 09 July 2014

From October 1 2014, nearly all UK broadcasters will only accept TV programmes as files - tapes will not be allowed. To help independent TV production companies prepare for 'File Delivery Day,' the UK Digital Production Partnership have agreed on standards for everyone to follow.

The Digital Production Partnership is "funded and led by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 with representation from Sky, Channel 5, S4/C, UKTV and BT Sport to help producers and broadcasters maximise the potential of digital production."

As well as a guide for producers, there is a full technical specification for post production workflow as well as a minimum metadata set.

An important aspect of the technical standard is for those who like to use animated graphics, transitions, titles and credits scrollers: they must be rendered as interlaced. Even if all the video in a programme is 25 frames per second progressive…

moving graphics and effects […] must be generated and added as interlaced to prevent unacceptable judder.

rules

 

To see YouTube attempt to show the interlaced fields, use the settings control (the cog) to choose 1080p (HD) and then click the full screen button in the bottom-right corner of the player.

In Final Cut Pro X, make sure your projects are 1080i25 and to check that graphics and transitions are properly interlaced, use the 'Show Both Fields' option in the Viewer's pop-up menu.

Project-properties

Show-both-fields-blog

The UK TV file format specification:

Each high definition programme must be delivered as a single MXF OP1a file which conforms to the AMWA specification AS-11 v1.1. The AS-11 file must use the ‘UK DPP shim specifications’ that describe exactly how the file must be constructed to meet DPP requirements

Final Cut Pro X users will have to turn to third parties to handle the video encoding and required metadata. Currently the only product that is available is Hamburg Media's AS-11 Suite

The rest of the specifications (including the standard allocation of 16 audio tracks), read the Digital Production Partnership Technical Delievery Standards document.

 

The demo video features footage from EditStock, a website that hosts rushes from short films you can use to practice the craft of editing, and my free Leaves title plugin for Final Cut Pro X.

 

 

What next for Final Cut Pro X?

Monday, 07 July 2014

I was the guest on today's episode of the FCPX Grill podcast, part of my conversation with Chris Fenwick was about what the 10.1.2 update tells us about the future of Final Cut Pro X.

It seems ungrateful to immediately start thinking about future versions of Final Cut. Even grateful users can't help but think about features and bugs they hoped Apple had paid attention to in the most recent update. It is worth considering now because Apple very rarely hints as to the future of their hardware and software - one of the few times they communicate anything is in the features of the products and services they do release.

As the 10.1.2 update seemed to concentrate on improving the lot of those new to editing and those working on high-end productions, I think the next major update will look at serving the middle of Final Cut's markets.

The following graphs show how Apple's Final Cut updates have served its markets. They show which markets the major new features of each version were aimed at. The left-hand end of the horizontal axis are features that support people who use Final Cut on personal projects, free videos or videos to support their professional lives in other fields (such as photographers, architects and doctors - people who wouldn't describe themselves as film makers first). The right-hand end of the horizontal axis is for features relevant to high-end big budget feature films, TV shows and complex news gathering organisations. The middle of the horizontal axis is 'the rest of us' people who are visual storytellers ranging from videographers to indie film and documentary production companies.

features-for-segments-1

In 2002 Final Cut Pro 3 reached critical mass when pioneering TV shows and feature films took a chance on what most people saw was a prosumer editor at best.

In 2003 Final Cut Pro added LiveType to give more casual users easy access to motion graphics effects without having to invest in learning After Effects. The pros got Soundtrack - an application for sound designers and sound editors and for picture editors who had to their jobs. 'The rest of us' got RT Extreme, which made editing on PowerBooks possible - you could digitise all your DV tapes at a lower resolution and then recapture at full resolution as your online.

features-for-segments-2

In the next two versions there wasn't much for the low end - new editors had the option of Final Cut Express, whose main feature was easier access - a lower price. The middle was built up with features best suited to individual pros. Instead of adding more and more features for the high end, Apple bundled high end applications and improved links between them and Final Cut with round-tripping.

features-for-segments-3

The end of the Final Cut Pro classic range came with Final Cut Pro 7 - which was sold as part of Final Cut Studio 3. The high end was taken care of by popularisation of colour correction with Color 1.5 and 4K RED workflows, and there were a few improvements at the low end with easier online sharing and iChat Theatre for collaboration.

features-for-segments-4

As Apple gave themselves the task to start from scratch (probably in 2007), they had to choose where to focus their efforts - it wouldn't be possible to get to the range of features available in Final Cut Studio 3 in four years. They started with the low end and moved up from there.

features-for-segments-5

Like OS X, Final Cut Pro X was developed in public - many would say the fourth major version of both was the first that could be safely recommended to a wide range of traditional users.

features-for-segments-6

The 10.1.2 update has now got Final Cut Pro X pretty close to where Final Cut Pro 7 was features-wise, although the features in almost every case are implemented in a much more effective way than before. It is much more powerful at the low end, and at the high end Apple is currently leaving high-end colour and sound to other companies.

This is a roundabout way of saying that I think Apple will next fill in the middle of the graph, features for videographers, freelance editors and smaller production companies. They are also likely to use new Final Cut features to demonstrate features of OS X Yosemite - iOS 8 continuity features.

The good news is that although Final Cut Pro X is now being used for a wider range of projects by a much larger constituency of people, there is a great deal of headroom in Final Cut's future.

 

 

Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 update - all you need to know

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Today Apple updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.1.2. Nearly all the new features and refinements Apple announced seem to be about supporting high-end workflows:

  • More control over optimised media, proxy media and render files
  • Apply LUTs to HDR and wide-gamut media from high-end cameras - Apple calls this 'Log Processing'
  • A new ProRes flavour: 4444 XQ
  • Faster export of cuts only XDCAM media (good for TV news and DaVinci Resolve workflows)
  • Fine-grained control over XML export - from individual clips, multiple clips, projects, events or whole libraries
  • Library metadata view
  • Automatically apply keywords based on tags assigned in the Finder - the advantage over folders is that the same media can have multiple tags - such as camera name, location and scene number
  • The ability to search for or create smart collections of used or unused media in the current project, compound clip, synchronized clip or multicam clip.
  • A 'Share to Vimeo at 4K' destination

As well as these features for TV, movies and live events, there are new features useful for a larger range of Final Cut users:

  • Unused range indicators for compound clips, multicam clips and synced clips
  • Tools to support voiceover Audition clips
  • Adjust relaive as well as absolute audio volume of a clip or range within a clip
  • Option to sort events by date or name within libraries list
  • The ability to import a clip by dragging directly to the browser (before you could import by dragging a clip to a specific event in the libraries list)

Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 information not promoted by Apple

  • The format for Final Cut libraries has changed, if you update them with version 10.1.2, any 10.1.1 or 10.1.0 systems will not be able to read them any more.
  • New 'Basic Surround' audio preset makes panning surround sound easier
  • Break apart Auditions to see the individual clips on the timeline (using Clip > Break Apart Clip Items or Shift-Command-G)
  • 10.1.1 could run on OS X 10.9.0, Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 requires at least OS X 10.9.2. This also applies to Motion and Compressor.
  • Using the , and . keys to nudge clips in the timeline now acts as a slide edit
  • Updated version of Final Cut Pro X XML - so a wider variety of information can be exported to or imported from other workflow applications
  • You can close all libraries - one does not have to remain open
  • More control of how synchronised clips are generated
  • Much better relinking of missing files. Select the parent volume or folder and Final Cut will now search all sub-folders until it finds the correct files
  • New text format presets
  • There are many new effects, transitions, titles and generators 

Library properties

The inspector can show information about the selected library (also available using the new Control-Command-J shortcut)

library-properties

When you are modify Storage Locations settings, tooltips pop up to show where media, cache and backups are currently stored:

library-storage-locations

When preparing to backup or transfer a library, you now have more control over whether optimised or proxy media is included: 

library-consolidation

Delete 'Generated Files'

In addition to being able to delete render files, you can now delete proxy and cache files associated with projects, events and libraries:

Delete-Generated-Project-Files

Delete-Generated-Library-Files

XML Export

XML export can now include one or more clips only and one or more projects. Final Cut lists the elements to be included in the export at the bottom of the export dialogue box:

export-xml-selection

Volume control

Using a pair of new commands, you can set new volume values without using the audio tab of the inspector:

Adjust-Volume-commands 

Then, with one or more clips selected, you can change audio volume amounts by typing a number into the timeline:

relative-volume

If you use Modify > Adjust Volume > Absolute, the audio level of the clips you selected is set to the new value. If any clips had audio level keyframes assigned, these will be deleted.

Sort events by…

sort-events-by

sort-by

Record Voiceover

The former 'Record Audio' command has more features:

record-voiceover

You can name the resultant clip, hear countdown beeps to aid timing, combine different takes into an audition and choose into which event the audio clips are stored.

If you want to use the keyboard to start voiceover recording, press Option-Shift-A. To stop recording, press the space bar or press Option-Shift-A again.

ProRes 4444 XQ

4444 XQ is a new flavour or ProRes has data rates approximately 50% higher than 4444. Apple have updated their ProRes white paper with more information. ProRes 4444 XQ works on MacOS X 10.8 and newer. To use XQ, you may need to download the ProApps Codecs v1.0.5 installer. This should appear in the Mac App Store when you check for updates after installing Final Cut 10.1.2. If not, you can download the installer direct from Apple.

Apple will promote it as being as good as uncompressed at much lower data rates and good enough for storing camera original media:

xq-better-than-uncompressed

ARRI have announced that the next software upgrade for their cameras will support ProRes 4444 XQ recording.

Surround Sound

A new audio panning mode: 'Basic Surround'

basic-surround-menu

Basic Surround positions the signal in its default channels, with a stereo signal in the right and left channels, and a mono signal in the center channel. The Pan Amount slider setting distributes portions of the signal to other channels and can be adjusted from –100 (left channels) to 100 (right channels).

Import preferences

As imported media can be copied to a location defined by each library (within the library or elsewhere), the file location option is to follow the library setting or to leave the source clips in place.

Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 defaults to adding keywords to clips based on the tags assigned to their source media files in the Finder (and perhaps using other metadata manipulation applications one day). If you use REDCODE RAW media, the keywords assigned to the clips are based on the tags assigned to the parent folder of the media.

import-prefs

Those options are also available when importing specific clips. In this case the new clips will be imported to the storage location for the "Window Cleaner" library, which is currently set to 'relink test':

media-import-options

Final Cut Pro X XML version 1.4

Once again Apple has updated their data interchange format so more information can be exported from and imported into Final Cut.

  • Libraries and events can be encoded in XML files - but XMLs can no-longer refer to objects in other libraries
<!-- LIBRARY ELEMENT -->
<!ELEMENT library (event*)>
<!ATTLIST library location CDATA #IMPLIED>
<!-- EVENT ELEMENT -->
<!ELEMENT event (clip | audition | mc-clip | ref-clip | %collection_item; | project)*>
<!ATTLIST event name CDATA #IMPLIED>
<!ATTLIST event uid CDATA #IMPLIED>
  • A clearer way of encoding animated values
<!-- A 'keyframeAnimation' element describes an animation curve using the contained 'keyframe' elements -->
<!ELEMENT keyframeAnimation (keyframe*)>
<!-- A 'keyframe' element describes an point along an animation curve -->
<!ELEMENT keyframe EMPTY>
<!ATTLIST keyframe time %time; #REQUIRED>
<!ATTLIST keyframe value CDATA #REQUIRED>
<!ATTLIST keyframe interp (linear | ease | easeIn | easeOut) "linear"> <!-- interpolation type for point. -->
  • What was encoded in version 1.3 of FCPX XML as a 'shot marker' is now an 'analysis marker'
<!ENTITY % marker_item "(marker | chapter-marker | rating | keyword | analysis-marker)">
  • Analysis markers can encode what kind of shot is in a clip (or range of a clip) and also encode how shaky the shot is
<!ELEMENT analysis-marker (shot-type | stabilization-type)+>
<!ELEMENT stabilization-type EMPTY>
<!ATTLIST stabilization-type value (excessiveShake) #REQUIRED>
  •  Sequences (projects and compound clips) can now be assigned audio layouts and sample rates
<!-- A 'sequence' is a container for a spine of story elements in a sequence project. -->
<!ELEMENT sequence (note?, spine, %audio_comp_items;, metadata?)>
<!ATTLIST sequence %media_attrs;>
<!ATTLIST sequence audioLayout (mono | stereo | surround) #IMPLIED>
<!ATTLIST sequence audioRate %audioHz; #IMPLIED>
  • Individual multicam clip angles must include basic transform settings (intrinsic-params-video) and not applied to the whole clip
<!ELEMENT mc-source (%audio_comp_items;, %intrinsic-params-video;, filter-video*)>
  • Text in a title can now be set to 'justified'
<!ATTLIST text-style alignment (left | center | right | justified)

'Break Apart' Auditions

If you have created an audition in an event or by dragging multiple clips to a timeline, you can now exchange the audition elements with the individual clips.

Previewing first audition pick:

break-audition-1

Previewing third audition pick:

break-audition-2

After choosing 'Break Apart Clip Items' from the Clip menu:

break-audition-3

The current (third) audtion pick is now in the main storyline and the other picks are attached to it in order.

Search for used or unused media in current item

A hidden feature of Final Cut Pro X 10.1 was when looking for media in the browser you can choose to find clips based on whether they are used in the current project, compound clip, synchronized clip or multicam clip - you could get this view using the Control-U keyboard shortcut. In 10.1.2 you can carry out more complex searches or create smart collections based on whether media is used or not. 

For example you could find all the synchronized clips not used in the current timeline - be it a project, synchronized clip or a multicam clip being edited in the angle viewer.

search-whether-used-or-not

Nudging clips in the timeline defaults to slide edits

If you change the position of a clip in the timeline by entering relative timecode (e.g. typing '+15') or use the ',' and '.' keys to move a clip forwards or back along the timeline, Final Cut now does a slide edit - the neighbouring clips are trimmed to allow for the change.

Before:

slip-1

Pressing Shift-. a few times slides the audition further along the timeline:

slip-2

The '06c-14:5' clip duration is increased and the start of the '04-13:1 1' clip is trimmed off to allow for the change.

Note that as this slide movement depends on the unused parts of the neighbouring clips, if there is no more media to reveal in the earlier clip ('06c-14:5' in this case), the selected clip will not move forward in the timeline.

To get the clip nudge result in previous versions of Final Cut, use the Position tool (press the 'P' key) to either drag the clip, or if the position tool is the current tool, nudging will insert a gap clip before the clip you are nudging:

slip-4-pointer 

More control over synchronized clip generation

In 10.1.2 when you synchronize selected clips in an event, you get a dialogue box that gives you multicam-like controls over how the new synchronized clip is generated:

make-sync-clip

Editing clips between libraries warning

For editors who regularly use clips from one library in another, there is now the option not to show this warning every time:

clips-tween-libaries-warning

Interesting that Apple have spent time on the kind of change that a few editors must have asked for - that hopefully was a task that a single programmer spent a few hours on.

New Plugins

It is interesting that Apple didn't mention the many new effects, transitions, titles and generators included in the 10.1.2 update - it is almost as if they don't want this version associated with any consumer-friendly improvements.

New Effects

Focus

Found in the Blur effects category

effect focus

Graduated Mask

Found in the Keying effects category:

effect-graduated-mask

Streaks

Found in the Light effects category:

effect-streak

Newsprint

Found in the new Nostalgia effects category:

effect-newsprint

Security

Also found in the new Nostalgia effects category:

effect-security

Raindrops

Found in the Stylize effects category - the checkerboard background shows where the effect made the clip transparent - when rendered, these areas export as black:

effect-raindrops

Textures

Found in the Stylize effects category. If defaults to using a wood texture, but you can apply your own using the drop zone:

effect-textures

Decal

Found in the new Text Effects effects category - designed to be applied to connected Titles with underlying video being used in the drop zone:

effect-decal

Stencil

Found in the Text Effects effects category also:

effect-stencil

Visual Echo

Found in the Tiling effects category:

effect-visual-echo

New Transitions

Divide

Found in the Dissolves transition category:

transition-divide

Clothesline

Found in the Movements transition category. Each clip swings as if it is hanging on a clothes line:

transition-clothesline

Color Planes

Found in the Movements transition category:

transition-color-panes

Fall

The outgoing clip falls forwards. Found in the Movements transition category:

transition-fall

Push

Although already as an option in the Slide transition, it is now also to be found in the Movements transition category:

transition-push

Scale

Scales the incoming clip or the outgoing clip up or down. Found in the Movements transition category:

transition-scale

Switch

In the Movements transition category:

transition-switch

Arrows

From the Movements transition category. Choose from Arrow, Round, Square, None and Bevel end caps:

transition-arrows

3D Rectangle

From the Replicator/Clones transition category:

transition-3D-Rectangle

Combo Spin

From the Replicator/Clones transition category:

transition-Combo-Spin

Concentric

From the Replicator/Clones transition category:

transition-Concentric

Vertigo

From the Replicator/Clones transition category. Choose from Arrow, Round, Square, None and Bevel end caps:

transition-Vertigo

Color Panels

From the Stylized transition category:

transition-color-panels

New Titles

Activate

From the Bumper/Opener title category:

title-Activate

Bold Fin

From the Bumper/Opener title category:

title-Bold-Fin

Point

From the Bumper/Opener title category:

title-Point

Stacked

From the Bumper/Opener title category:

title-Stacked

Slate

From the Credits title category:

title-Slate

Thumbnails

From the Lower Thirds title category:

title-Thumnails

New Generators

Beam

From the Backgrounds generator category:

generator-1-beam

Clouds

From the Backgrounds generator category - animates automatically:

generator-2-clouds

Drifting

From the Backgrounds generator category - animates automatically with a choice of dust, spark, puffball, moth and spark particles:

generator-3-drifting

Glimmer

From the Backgrounds generator category - animates automatically:

generator-4-glimmer

Lines

From the Backgrounds generator category - animates automatically:

generator-5-lines

Nova

From the Backgrounds generator category - animates automatically:

generator-6-nova

Rays

From the Backgrounds generator category - animates automatically:

generator-7-rays

Here are the new transitions, titles and generators in action:

In the Divide, Arrows, Color Panels transitions there is a small fault in the built-in Motion template which means the incoming clip is moved to the left by one pixel (when the resolution of the project is 1920 by 1080 pixels) during the transition (In Motion terms: Transition B's anchor point is set to 1,0). Perhaps we'll see version 10.1.2.1 soon!

Commands and keyboard shortcuts

New keyboard shortcuts for the new and modified commands:

  • Open Library - Command-O
  • Library Properties - Control-Command-J
  • Adjust Volume Absolute - Control-Option-L
  • Adjust Volume Relative - Control-L
  • Record Voiceover - Option-Command-8
  • Start/Stop Voiceover Recording - Option-Shift-A (when Record Voiceover window is open)

The new 'Sort Event in Library list' commands can have keyboard shortcuts added using Final Cut Pro > Commands > Customize 

available-for-keyboard-shortcuts

These commands are described as 'Sort selected items...' - perhaps in future other items than events will be able to be sorted using these commands.

New text format presets

Most of the text presets that were included with previous versions of Final Cut have been replaced by more flexible options:

text-presets

Appply these using the pop-up menu above the text box in the Text panel of the Title inspector.

Big improvement in relinking files

Since the reintroduction of the ability to relink missing files to Final Cut Pro X, the search aspect of feature has been limited. In 10.1.2 when relinking you don't have to directly find one of the missing files. You can now select the volume or  folder within which you think the missing files are now stored. Final Cut will search all its subfolders until it finds the missing files.

To test this I copied 8 files stored outside a library to a different drive and deleted the originals. When I restarted Final Cut, the media was marked as missing. I chose File > Relink Files and selected the parent folder of the parent folder where I'd copied the missing files. Final Cut searched through 44,621 files and found the correct 8 copies I made earlier.

Last library can now be closed

Final Cut no longer needs to have at least library open:

Untitled-2

Consumer camera option

If you have video and stills on the camera you are importing from, you can now choose whether Final Cut displays one, the other or both:

videos-or-photos

Better camera colour processing

Higher-end cameras now record colour information using Logarithmic number ranges. This makes it possible to record a much larger range of colour brightness values in the same number of bytes in the media file - a higher dynamic range. Most camera manufacturers use their own way of storing this 'log' information - but some don't encode the metadata in the clips they record to indentify which method they use. In 10.1.2 there is a new menu to tell Final Cut which log encoding to use for a clip.

If clips recorded on high-end cameras aren't displayed using a logarithmic transfer curve, they can look very 'flat' - a milky low-contrast look. All the information for full colour and a full range of brightness from inky black to brighter than the sun is stored in the clip and available for grading. Log Processing is useful to reassure directors, producers and clients that the colour and brightness levels were all captured on location.

Select a clip or clips in an event or on the timeline. Go to the Info tab of the clip inspector. Make sure the metadata view popup (in the bottom-left corner of the inspector) is set to 'Settings' - choose the correct value from the 'Log Processing' parameter menu:

log-processing

Changing the setting of a clip or clips on a timeline changes the value of the source clips in the event and vice versa.

Pasting transitions 

I read in Tom Wolsky's 10.1.2 rundown that transitions that you have copied can now be pasted to the ends of one or more individually connected clips.

You can also paste a copied transition to multiple clips:

paste-transitions

Note that the transition wasn't pasted between the first and second clip of the secondary storyline - that's beacause there wasn't enough media in the clips for the transition to work.

Bug reports

Sadly no software updates are bug-free. Some problems happen on specific setups, others are more widespread:

The good news is that various versions of Final Cut Pro X can work on the same machine with few problems. Whenever the library (or project and event) file format changes, before using Software Update to get the new version, zip the 'Final Cut Pro.app' on your computer (Control-click it in the Finder and choose 'Compress "Final Cut Pro"' from the context menu). If you move that .zip archive to an external drive, you can expand the archive and run the older version of Final Cut when you want to access older projects.

Compatibility with 3rd party products

Final-Cut-Library-Manager

Final Cut Library Manager from Arctic Whiteness has been updated to work with the new library format, as long as users don't store render, optimised media or cache files outside their libraries. Arctic Whiteness are reviewing how to update the utility to take into the account the new library flexibility in Final Cut 10.1.2.

FCP-Backups

Backups for Final Cut Pro by NP Associates works with 10.1.2. They plan to release a small update that doesn't back up sync files.

X2Pro

X2Pro Audio Convert and X2ProLE Audio Convert from Marquis Broadcast have been updated to support Final Cut Pro X XML version 1.4 - these applications converts XMLs into Avid Pro Tools audio sessions.

pro-maintenance-tools

Pro Maintenance Tools from Digital Rebellion has been updated to support 10.1.2.

Red Giant have reported that most of their Final Cut products work with 10.1.2, now including Magic Bullet Looks and PluralEyes 

7toX iconXto7iconChange-List-XiconSyncnlinkXiconProducers-best-Friend-icon

Philip Hodgetts of Assisted Editing reports that 7toX and Xto7Change List X and Sync-N-Link X have been all updated for 10.1.2, Producer’s Best Friend has been updated but there's more to do.

lumberjack

The Lumberjack on-location real-time logging system has added a new mode enabled by the new version of Final Cut XML that 10.1.2 uses

Resolve-11

In the case of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, version 10.1.5 cannot read XML 1.4 exported from Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2. A workflow that worked for me was to import the XML into DaVinci Resolve 11 Beta 1. 11b1 exports as FCPX XML 1.3 - which can be read by Resolve 10.1.5 (and Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and 10.1.1). 11b2 is supposed to be more compatible with XML 1.4.

shotnotes X

Shot Notes X - the application that combines logged on-set information with Final Cut Pro X XML - has been updated to support FCP X XML 1.4. 

10.1.2 feature demos and tutorials

Here are some videos that demonstrate some of the new features:

FinalCutProX.net (9:45)

Novedades de Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 (14:34) - finalcutpro.es

What's New Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 (12:48) - VideoEditOz

FOCUS: FCPX 10 1 2: Le Tour complet des nouveautés ! (54:27)- YakYakYak.fr

FCPX-Update10.1.2 (6:54) - Und wieder gab es ein Update von FCPX und Motion5 ein kurzen Einblick in die Neuerungen seht Ihr hier

FCPX 10.1.2 First Look and Impressions - Karl Reith

Tutorials:

Media management - Guidelines & Operations (16:45), Library Model Overview (8:38) and Choosing a Storage Location for Your Media (17:33) -  free excerpts from Ripple Training's two hour Media Management in Final Cut Pro X tutorial.

Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 Media Management Changes (11:21) - MacBreak Weekly

File Management in FCP X 10.1.2 (9:42) - MacBreak Weekly on how file renaming and relinking have improved

10.1.2 Interesting reports

John Davidson of Magic Feather is very happy with the new 10.1.2 library media management - very useful for workgroups sharing media elements.

Ryan Velin reports in a post at FCP.co that while editing a 1 hour show for Danish TV, he found that 10.1.2 was noticably faster and that XML 'really works'

Larry Jordan on how keyframe editing has changed in 10.1.2.

Alex Snelling (@slackalicefilms) has updated his comprehensive Final Cut Pro X in a Share Environment workflows primer for 10.1.2.

Updated Apple documents

Online help

PDF version of 10.1.2 User Guide

Final Cut Pro X: Version 10.1.2 release notes 

Apple Media Management White Paper - June 2014

Final Cut Pro X 10.1 and later: Back up libraries and archive projects

Hiding Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2 has a delay on external display

Final Cut Pro X 10.1.2: Updating and working with libraries FAQ

About Apple ProRes

ProRes white paper

PDF of Motion 5.1.1 User Guide - very few changes, mainly repagination

PDF of Compressor 4.1.2 User Guide

Apple developer documentation for those wanting add tools to Apple application ecosystems - including Final Cut Pro X