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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X to 10.2

By contributing editor Chuck Fadely

Apple announced today a 10.2 update to FCPX with 3D titles and support for Red Raw footage.

You can create 3D animated titles in Motion: “Instantly open any title in Motion to take full control. Add multiple lights and cameras, then track your text across the frame. You can even create a scene in full 3D with multiple objects featuring custom shadows and reflections.”

New color grading tools along with masking tools are also in the new release. “Simultaneously view up to four scopes with preset layouts to maximize screen space on any display. The Color Board is now part of the Color Correction effect, which you can add to any clip with a quick keystroke or double-click. And you can even reorder color correction by simply dragging in the Inspector to change where it’s processed in the effects stack.”  For masking, “Every effect — even third-party plug-ins — now includes Shape and Color masks so you can precisely target which areas of the image are affected. And when masking videos or photos, use the new Draw mask to create a custom outline with options for linear, bezier, or B‑spline smoothing.”

Apple 10.2 version of FCPX
Apple 10.2 version of FCPX

 

More camera support has been added:  “Final Cut Pro includes support for the entire Panasonic AVC-Ultra family in addition to Sony XAVC S and JVC H.264 Long GOP. And now you can directly import Sony XAVC and XDCAM formats without the need for a separate plug-in.”  And Red Raw now can be edited using GPU-accelerated playback: “Fly through RED RAW footage with GPU-accelerated playback, rendering, and transcoding — including support for dual GPUs on Mac Pro. Final Cut Pro also automatically displays RED RAW anamorphic formats in the correct aspect ratio, so you can work effortlessly with widescreen footage.”

See all the new features at http://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/whats-new/

It’s on the App store now and needs OS X 10.10.2.

From Apple’s page:

What’s New in Version 10.2

Requires OS X 10.10.2 or later
Introducing 3D titles
• Beautifully animated and easily customizable 3D text
• Simple templates to get started quickly
• Cinematic templates with built-in backgrounds and animations
• Large collection of text styles to create stunning looks in one click
• Customize your titles with hundreds of combinations of materials, lighting, and edges
• Additional controls let you adjust environments, shadows, and more
• Instantly convert any 2D title to 3D
• Open any title in Motion to add multiple lights, cameras, and tracking

Advanced effects
• Display up to four video scopes simultaneously
• Apply super ellipse Shape mask to any clip
• Apply Draw mask to any clip, with options for linear, bezier, or B-spline smoothing
• New Shape and Color mask controls for every effect
• Instantly display the alpha channel for any effect mask
• Save custom effects as presets for quick access
• Color Board merged into the new Color Correction effect
• Rearrange the processing order of Color Correction effect
• Improved keyframing with better motion smoothing
• Improved optical flow for beautiful slow motion on a wider range of content
• Better performance of FxPlug plug-ins and built-in effects that use multiple frames like Visual Echo and Trails

Camera formats
• Panasonic AVC-Ultra codec family
• Sony XAVC-S
• Import Sony XAVC and XDCAM formats without separate plug-in
• JVC H.264 Long GOP
• GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing with support for dual GPUs
• Support for RED RAW anamorphic formats

Additional features
• Smart Collections can be used at the event and library level
• Import window consolidates all options into single sidebar
• GPU rendering when using Send to Compressor with support for dual GPUs

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