Final Cut Pro updates since October 2016

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

For details on stability improvements and issue 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

  • Improved performance and efficiency on Mac computers with Apple silicon
  • Accelerated machine learning analysis for Smart Conform
  • 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
22nd February 2021

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