Final Cut Pro 10.6 update adds new features and performance boosts with M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro

FCPX Update

With the new MacBook Pro M1 Pro and M1 Max release, Apple also updated Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro with new features for creative professionals and optimizations that take full advantage of the power and performance of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Below are all the updates and fixes. The list is the longest I’ve seen. Apple sure has been busy with updates unleashing all this new power, and it’s only the beginning for the new silicon as iMac’s and Mac Pros and maybe a Mini with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max could/will be coming.

Object Tracker

  • Drag effects, titles, or generators into the viewer to automatically detect, track, and match the movement of faces or objects using machine learning.
  • Manually add a tracker from the inspector, adjust its mask shape, and choose between different tracking analysis types.
  • Use the Tracking Editor in the timeline to quickly delete or re-analyze segments of an existing track.
  • Attach additional titles or generators to existing tracks using the tracker source drop-down in the viewer.
  • Object tracking uses the Apple Neural Engine to accelerate video analysis on Mac computers with Apple silicon. Cinematic Mode

Cinematic Mode

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  • Edit videos recorded on iPhone 13 in Cinematic mode (requires macOS Monterey).
  • Use Cinematic controls in the inspector to modify the intensity of the depth effect, and add keyframes to change the effect over time.
  • Choose to focus on faces or other objects by selecting them with the Cinematic tool in the viewer.
  • Use the Cinematic Editor in the timeline to view or delete focus points.

Additional fixes and enhancements

  • New Neon effect adds a glow to text and graphics.
  • Improves stability when duplicating a project.
  • Improves stability when selecting a library in the sidebar on Macs with Apple silicon.
  • Improves stability when performing a trim during double-speed playback.
  • Improves stability when removing a through edit within a compound clip.
  • Improves performance when using Avid DNxHD and DNxHR media with the Avid Universal decoder on Apple silicon Macs.
  • Improves stability when using the RED RAW Settings tool with multiple RED RAW clips and images selected.
  • Improves stability when drawing a shape mask in the viewer.
  • Improves reliability when choosing between multiple GPUs in Final Cut Pro Preferences on Mac Pro (2019).
  • Fixes an issue where a custom camera LUT could be ignored during a render or export.
  • Fixes an issue where a ProRes 4444 file lost its alpha channel after export.
  • Fixes an issue where scroll bars were not persistent when choosing to always show scroll bars in System Preferences.
  • Fixes an issue where thumbnails were not generated for some clips in the browser or timeline.
  • Fixes an issue where custom role colors would not change after choosing Undo.
  • Improves appearance of animation paths when using the transform tool.
  • Audio skimming (Shift-F) now toggles on and off when using the keyboard arrow keys to step through frames.
  • Fixes an issue where pops could occur during MP3 playback.
  • Improves reliability of MXF audio during playback.
  • Improves reliability of HE-AAC v2 audio during playback.
  • Adds support for playback of Opus audio files.
  • Fixes an issue where audio waveforms would not redraw after an audio level change.
  • Updates FCPXML to version 1.10 with new bundle format.
  • Improves reliability when importing an XML that includes closed captioning.
  • Improves reliability when importing XML that contains rolling shutter or SmoothCam metadata.
  • Adds support for hiding FCPXML extension during export.

I’m still on Catalina and not getting the update option. I’m pretty sure my OS and iMac are not compatible with this new version. While I need a new laptop I would really love an M1 Max iMac so I can laugh out loud editing the ridiculous compressed 4K codecs we have these days. 😀

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