Final Cut Pro for Mac feature updates since October 2016

Here is a rundown of the new features added to Final Cut Pro for Mac since 2016.

For details on stability and speed improvements and bug fixes, visit Apple’s Final Cut Pro release notes.

October 27, 2016:

Final Cut Pro 10.3

  • New interface
  • Save window layouts
  • Fill a second display with the Timeline or hide the Timeline completely
  • Magnetic Timeline 2 – roles, color coding, audio lanes
  • Automatic asignment of iXML data
  • Wide color for working with log footage
  • MXF support
  • Flow transition
  • Remove effects/attributes
  • SMB-based libraries
  • Consolidate custom Motion projects into individual Final Cut Pro libraries
  • Option for continuous playback of clips in the Browser
  • Search custom metadata in the Browser and Timeline
  • Search Timeline Index for Auditions, compound clips, multicam clips, and synchronized clips
  • Ability to roll trim on adjacent connected clips
  • Ability to drag and drop clips, projects, and events as XML with supported applications
  • Ability to export a library an XML file from Final Cut Pro via drag and drop
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts for adding audio fades
  • Align Audio to Video function quickly resets J or L cuts in the Timeline to straight cuts
  • New Broadcast Safe Effect allows you to limit video levels to a specific color space including Rec. 601 PAL and NTSC, Rec. 709, and Rec. 2020
  • Users can now create and save a custom default Generator, Title, and Lower Third Title which can then be added to a Timeline with keyboard shortcuts

December 14, 2017:

Final Cut Pro 10.4

  • 360° VR editing, effects, transitions, overlays, preview in VR headset
  • Advanced color – color wheels, color curves, balance color, custom LUTs, keyframeable corrections
  • High Dynamic Range
  • iMovie for iOS import
  • Canon RAW Light support
  • HEVC and HEIF support
  • NFS-based libraries and media support

April 15, 2018:

Final Cut Pro 10.4.1

  • Closed captions
  • ProRes RAW
  • Video Roles share options

November 15, 2018:

Final Cut Pro 10.4.4

  • Workflow extensions
  • Batch share
  • Video noise reduction
  • Timecode window
  • Comparison Viewer
  • Tiny Planet effect to show 360° footage in a non-360° project
  • SRT captions
  • Burn in captions
  • Comic effect
  • New 360° transitions

March 21, 2019:

Final Cut Pro 10.4.6

  • Detects media files that may be incompatible with future versions of macOS after Mojave and converts them to a compatible format

October 7, 2019:

Final Cut Pro 10.4.7

  • New Metal-based processing engine
  • Multiple GPU support
  • Afterburner support
  • HDR on Pro Display XDR
  • Enhanced color mask and range isolation tools
  • View HDR video tone-mapped to compatible SDR displays
  • Select which internal or external GPU is used

August 25, 2020:

Final Cut Pro 10.4.9

  • Improved proxy workflow – Different resolutions, formats, proxy libraries
  • Social media tools – Smart conform to change aspect ratio, custom overlays
  • Adjust ProRes RAW camera settings
  • Crossfade audio on adjacent clips in one step
  • Sort clips and projects by last modified date in list view
  • Preview 360-degree stereoscopic 3D video in simultaneous left and right eye views
  • 360-degree video stabilization

November 12, 2020:

Final Cut Pro 10.5

  • Option to create a copy of your library and automatically transcode media to ProRes Proxy or H.264 at various resolutions

March 4, 2021:

Final Cut Pro 10.5.2

  • Universal RED plug-in support enabling native RED RAW decoding and playback

June 17, 2021:

Final Cut Pro 10.5.3

  • Create and edit custom column views with the new column editor.
  • Search for media in the browser using expanded criteria including clip names, markers and notes.
  • Sort clips in the browser according to type, including proxy, optimised and missing media.

October 18, 2021:

Final Cut Pro 10.6

  • Object Tracker
  • Cinematic Mode
  • Neon effect

April 12, 2022:

Final Cut Pro 10.6.2

  • Duplicate Ranges
  • Voice Isolation
  • Import of Magic Movie and Storyboard projects created with iMovie for iOS version 3.0
  • Object Tracker improvements

May 23, 2023:

Final Cut Pro 10.6.6

  • Import Final Cut Pro for iPad projects
  • Automatic colour management for HDR/SDR media in same project
  • Cut people out from their background with Scene Removal Mask effect
  • Color Adjustments effect
  • New titles, effects, transitions, and generators

September 19, 2023:

Final Cut Pro 10.6.9

  • Work with log-encoded video shot on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • Work with new Cinematic video format recorded by iPhones running iOS 17
  • Third-party log profiles

November 30, 2023:

Final Cut Pro 10.7

  • Auto horizontal scrolling of projects
  • Combine selected connected clips into connected storyline
  • View both video and audio role colours
  • Improved Object Tracker
  • Improved Reveal in Browser command

Spring 2023:

Final Cut Pro 10.8

  • Enhance Light and Color effect
  • Smooth Slo-Mo
  • Custom names for color corrections and video effects
  • Effects can be dragged from the inspector to other clips in the timeline or viewer
  • Timeline Index search for clips with missing media or effects
  • Timeline Index search now includes additional information like reel, scene, camera angle and other metadata field values
  • Scrolling timeline button
  • New title templates
22nd February 2021

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1st December 2021

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