Final Cut Pro 10.4.4 update brings noise reduction plus 3rd party workflow extensions

FCPX Update

The Apple FCPX CREATIVE SUMMIT 2018 is in full swing and why not do an update too. Lots of new features including a new video noise reduction effect. This is very welcome since purchasing third-party plugins can be expensive and also long render times. It will be interesting to see how Apple version runs and looks.

The update is available now.

What’s New in Final Cut Pro 10.4.4

Workflow extensions

  • Extend the capabilities of Final Cut Pro with third-party extensions that open directly within the app interface
  • Drag and drop clips between the extension window, browser, and timeline
  • Connect to existing third-party accounts to access projects, download media, and purchase content
  • Deep integration allows extensions to control timeline playback, navigation, clip markers, and more
  • Workflow extensions include tools for collaboration (Frame.io), stock media (Shutterstock), and asset management (CatDV)

Batch share

  • Export and transcode multiple clips in the browser — with or without a camera lookup table (LUT) — for fast turnaround of dailies and other reviews
  • Select and export multiple projects
  • Combine batch sharing with bundles to encode multiple files to multiple formats in one step
  • Monitor export progress in the background tasks window

Video noise reduction

  • Apply the high-quality, drag-and-drop noise reduction effect to reduce grain and video noise
  • Use simple controls to quickly adjust the look and amount of noise reduction
  • Easily change processing order by dragging the noise reduction effect in the inspector
  • The viewer shows the noise reduction effect when paused and disables the effect when skimming for optimal performance
  • Apply 360° noise reduction to 360° video clips while preserving a flawless seam

Timecode window

  • View project and source timecode in one or more floating timecode windows
  • Resize the timecode window and drag any one to a second screen
  • Choose to display clip names and role names
  • Color coding in the timecode window matches the colors of roles in the timeline

Comparison Viewer

  • Open the Comparison Viewer to reference other frames for consistent color grading across your project
  • Quickly select the previous or next clip in the timeline as your reference frame
  • Save any image to the frame browser to reference it later in the Comparison Viewer

Tiny Planet

  • Select the Tiny Planet mapping option when adding 360º video to a non-360° project to create interesting spherical looks
  • Use the roll and tilt parameters to wrap your tiny planet effect into an infinite cylinder
  • Adjust the pan parameter to move your subject horizontally within the tiny planet
  • Animate the field of view to transition from a close up to a satellite view flying high above your footage
  • Give 360° titles and generators a powerfully warped look by applying the Tiny Planet mapping option

Other new features

  • View, edit, and deliver closed captions in the SRT format, which is used by a wide range of websites including Facebook
  • Choose to burn closed captions into your video to ensure they appear at all times during playback
  • When dragging in the timeline to select a secondary storyline, you can now select individual clips or the entire secondary storyline
  • Instantly turn any photo or video into a comic book illustration using Comic filter then refine the comic book look with simple controls to adjust ink edges, fill, and smoothness
  • New 360° transitions include Gaussian Blur, Bloom, and a collection of wipes to seamlessly transition from one 360º clip to another
  • Typing the first few letters of a font name jumps directly to the font in the list

Final Cut Pro 10.4.4 also includes the following

360° video

  • 360° clips added to equirectangular projects display correctly in auditions
  • Fixes an issue where clicking the delete keyframe button when adjusting orientation incorrectly added a keyframe
  • Fixes an issue where the keyframe navigation buttons disappear while adjusting orientation
  • Resetting the orientation when using a VR headset correctly resets the Y axis
  • Option dragging a connected 360º clip maintains orientation
  • Dragging the orientation tool vertically in the Viewer using the on screen controls works correctly
  • Adding equirectangular media to a connected storyline that contains 360° video media remains equirectangular

Audio

  • Volume control is adjustable for a selected, connected clip
  • Audio playback continues when resetting the peak indicators
  • Audio playback continues when changing pan mode on an audio component
  • Changing audio configuration of a clip properly clears any soloed audio components
  • Fixes an issue where disabling and reenabling audio channels when previewing an audio effect in the effects browser caused audio to be inaudible
  • Fixes an issue where audio meters of third-party audio plug-ins became unresponsive when changing the order of audio effects in the Audio inspector

Closed Captions

  • Fixes an issue where disabling an invalid caption would hide other captions in the Viewer
  • Embedded captions in shared files now display as expected in QuickTime Player 7
  • Extract Captions from detached audio clips with embedded captions functions as expected
  • Fixes an issue where the position of an ITT caption was not being saved when set as default
  • Fixes an issue where captions couldn’t be embedded when connected to secondary storylines
  • Fixes an issue where clicking on a CEA-608 caption near the end of a project caused Final Cut Pro to stop saving changes
  • Captions can be double-clicked in the caption index to open them in the Caption editor in the timeline
  • Caption timing is honored when copying and pasting captions between projects
  • Fixes an issue where Lane Headers unexpectedly move when selecting a caption and scrolling vertically

Color Correction

  • Fixes an issue where the display order of LUTs after import were appearing alphabetically based on the content of folders
  • Color Wheels accurately reflect the values set when using the color picker to choose a color
  • Fixes an issue where duplicate sets of built-in color presets were sometimes visible in the Effects browser
  • Reference level line in the waveform monitor remains locked in place until you click to move it or drag it out of the waveform monitor display to remove it
  • Color, Saturation, and Brightness controls under the color wheels can be reset individually within the Master, Shadows, Midtones, and Highlights controls
  • Fixes an issue where 10-bit HEVC rec.2020 HLG media in a Wide Gamut library would cause Final Cut Pro to quit unexpectedly
  • Fixes an issue when manually white-balancing a 50fps HDR clip in an HDR library and project would cause Final Cut Pro to quit unexpectedly

Effects

  • Option clicking an audio effects preset opens all controls for each individual effect in the preset

Multicam

  • Fixes an issue where color correcting an angle in the angle editor would cause the playhead to move unexpectedly to the beginning of the timeline

Roles

  • Select All no longer selects secondary storylines and toggles selection of components based on role of clip in selection

Timeline

  • Selected connected clips now properly follow the pointer and get placed where positioned in a non-zero starting project timeline
  • Fixes an issue where an audio only clip in a connected story line plays video frames from the source clip that the audio is attached to
  • Option-selecting connected clips now properly duplicates the expected clips in a non-zero starting project timeline
  • Fixes an issue where connecting clips to a primary storyline draws overlapping audio components in expanded lanes
  • Double clicking to add an effect adds it to the top clip at the playhead position
  • Join Clips and Join Captions combined into a single command in the Command Editor

Titles

  • Core Text engine ensures accurate display of Arabic letters, Indic vowel signs in Devanagari and Thai diacritics

XML

  • Shape and Effect Mask values properly transfer via XML

 

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