Apple Updates Final Cut, Compressor and Motion

Yesterday, Apple released minor updates for Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor; as well as their Pro Video formats. The new features primarily provide support for more video codecs, along with lots of minor bug fixes.

Bug fixes are always nice, I’m especially pleased with the work done to improve the stability of 3D text. The new versions require OS X 10.10.4 or later.

Here’s the complete list.

FINAL CUT PRO X (v. 10.2.2)

MOTION 5 (v. 5.2.2)

COMPRESSOR (v. 4.2.1)


This update includes support for the following video codecs:

This update also adds the following MXF support:

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16 Responses to Apple Updates Final Cut, Compressor and Motion

  1. Paul Hiscock says:

    Larry, They fixed the FCPX two-line text window so that it expands. It’s great.

  2. Leolin Oosthuisen says:

    Thank you Larry. Been with you for years since Linda days.. You are just getting better all the time.
    Good luck with all your new ventures,


  3. Karen says:

    How does the 4:4:4 work? Do you recommend using it? And FINALLY! They fixed it so my Sony 4K camera can convert natively instead of using sony’s converter!

    • Larry says:


      If your camera SHOOTS 4:4:4 video, then convert it to ProRes 4444. However, most of the time, you don’t need to and the files are huge. Most non-digital-cinema cameras will look fine converting to ProRes 422, or ProRes 422 HQ, depending upon the quality of your lenses.


  4. JimiJeans says:

    Something weird happened in my recent FCPX update. My MacBook Pro is fully updated and i am running 10.10.5. I just updated to the latest Final Cut X 10.2.2 but my Final Cut still says 10.2.1. I found myself walking around today wondering to myself what is going on here?

  5. chris says:

    Thanks for this Larry, maybe I’m missing something but i thought the codecs were added the previous update?

    This update includes support for the following video codecs:

    Apple Intermediate Codec
    Apple ProRes
    XDCAM EX / HD / HD422
    Uncompressed 4:2:2

  6. Jeffrey Lonigro says:

    I thought we had MXF support from a few previous versions. Has something changed?

    • Larry says:


      yes and no. MXF was supported in an earlier version. However, with this update, Apple also updated these codecs. What they did specifically, though, I don’t know.


  7. Ron Robinson says:

    Hi Larry, because I am posting an extended series that involves a lot of text, when the text window was reduced to two lines, I sent feedback requesting an expanded text window. To my delight, as FCPX 10.2.2 was released, I got a note from Apple indicating that my request had been addressed.

    Apple DOES read the feedback! Life is much better with the expanded text window!

    Thanks for your continued excellent instructional material. You and your team rock!

  8. Wanted to thank you for so much great info. Have been able to launch into huge projects knowing I’ll find the answers to all my FCPX, motion and compressor on these pages. FCPX is the best editing software I have ever used, and I’ve been editing since the late 60’s. Best thing since montage!
    One thing I’m have a bit of a problem with is, I can’t find the OP1a export setting in compressor. In Avid it’s in the export settings which I see is XDcam, does that mean the XDcam preset in compressor is in fact Op1a?

  9. John C. Cole says:

    Hi Larry,
    My fcpx isn’t showing my mxf files from my panasonic varicamLT. It says it supports avcI 444, I shot avcI 422. the only files that show up on import are .mov files shot in prores. I can see my files in Resolve…
    Any thoughts on how to get them into fcpx without having to transcode everything?

    • Larry says:


      My first thought is that you are shooting an incompatible codec. However, this is a format I don’t shoot, so I don’t have any solid suggestions. I recommend contact Apple Support and see what they recommend.


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