Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Motion & Compressor
Last week, Apple released updates for Final Cut Pro, Motion and Compressor. Both Final Cut and Compressor added new features, while all three applications saw significant bug fixes.
Here’s the full list of what’s new for each application.
FINAL CUT PRO
- 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, optimized, and missing media.
- Fixes an issue where adjusting audio keyframes on one side of a blade edit shifts keyframes unexpectedly on the other side.
- Restores support for copying clips from the Finder and pasting into the timeline.
- Improves stability when copying events in the browser to a library stored on an external hard drive.
- Fixes an issue in which the timeline index was not displaying active angle information for multicam clips.
- Fixes an issue where Canon Cinema RAW Light and RED RAW media could not be imported if a camera card was mounted when launching Final Cut Pro.
- Improves reliability when importing an FCPXML file with missing media.
- Fixes an issue with the Color Mask in which dragging to select a range with the eyedropper did not display the selection circle.
- Improves reliability when using the Select Next Clip command.
- Improves reliability when app switching to Final Cut Pro with an external hard drive connected.
- Improves reliability when quitting Final Cut Pro during a background render.
- Improves stability and performance when working with multicam clips that contain corrupt media.
- Fixes an issue in which audio waveforms would sometimes not update when using the Trim tool to perform a slip edit.
NOTE: Here’s a link to Apple’s Release Notes for Final Cut Pro.
- Fixes an issue in which a 3D object would render with incorrect brightness on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
- Fixes an issue in which Motion could quit unexpectedly when closing a project after export.
- Fixes an issue in which emoji would render incorrectly in an HDR project.
- Fixes an issue in which Motion could quit unexpectedly when closing the application with the HUD open.
- Fixes an issue in which Motion could quit unexpectedly when adjusting the opacity of a gradient using the onscreen control.
- Fixes an issue in which Motion would quit unexpectedly when dragging media or an object into a USDZ media well.
NOTE: Here’s a link to Apple’s Release Notes for Motion.
- Adds the ability to modify the start timecode of a source clip or audio file.
- Adds the ability to choose the color palette and dithering algorithm to minimize the file size of PNGs and GiFs.
- Adds the ability to resize vertical video to other vertical frame sizes and square video to other square frame sizes with new Up To presets in the inspector.
- Adds the ability to resize video to vertical and square aspect ratios using new presets for Cropping and Padding in the inspector.
- Allows a user to disable passthrough of source metadata to output audio files and MOV, MP4, M4V, and MXF video formats.
- Adds an alert when a group of shared computers contains a Mac with an incompatible Compressor version.
- Adds support for MXF language tags.
- Adds the ability to write an AVCHD disk image to the file system.
- Adds keyboard shortcuts to create new batches for iTunes Store or IMF Packages types.
- Fixes an issue where DPX or Cineon image sequences were imported with an incorrect frame rate.
NOTE: Here’s the link to Apple’s Release Notes for Compressor.
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8 Responses to Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, Motion & Compressor
Also fxfactory Hawaiki now works on M1, so other plugins may also be compatible
This page has useful links to the documentation for the new Final Cut Pro features. https://support.apple.com/guide/final-cut-pro/whats-new-in-final-cut-pro-1053-ver0dfc0996c/mac
Has anyone experienced missing compound clips after upgrading? I have, and would love to know a solution. Thank you.
I had a problem that all my cross-dissolves were no longer supported after the upgrade. To fix this – and, I suspect to fix the problems you report:
* Quit FCP
* Press Option while restarting FCP from the dock
* Delete preferences
Once I did that, everything came back.
Thanks Larry, but that did not work. Also, holding down Command Option while opening FCP allowed me to delete preferences (not just option).
My fault, I SHOULD have written Cmd + Option. My brain was not connected.
Time for you to contact Apple Support. Sorry, I don’t have an easy solution for you.
Hi Larry, I have FCP 10.5.3 running on an iMac with Big Sur. When I finished my project and want to save it in Apple Pro res 422, I get a message ” ..(project name) has background tasks that are not yet completed. If you continue these effects may be missing or have reduced quality: Retiming – Optical Flow”. But all rendering has finished ! I have pressed CONTINUE and the result seems fine. Any ideas or suggestions? And thanks for all the info you share..it is very helpful ! Merci.
Optical flow is only triggered when you are creating extreme slow motion – and it takes a LONG time to render.
So, as you look at your exported project, look closest at those sections where you added really slow motion. If those look OK to you, then your project should be fine. If not, you’ll need to allow more time for Optical Flow to finish, or remove it from those clips.
This is a user-controlled setting so removing it won’t “hurt,” but it may make your slowmo look a bit choppy.