Apple has announced a major update to its professional video editing app, Final Cut Pro X and released iMac Pro, a new line of workstation computers.
Final Cut Pro X now supports 360-degree VR video editing. (Source: Apple.)
New features incorporated into Final Cut Pro X include 360-degree VR video editing, advanced colour grading tools and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. The latest version of the software also enables users to edit full-resolution 8K video for the first time on a Mac. The new version also makes it easier to import iMovie projects from iPhone and iPad devices into Final Cut Pro for advanced editing, audio work, motion graphics and colour grading. With support for the most popular HDR formats, Final Cut Pro gains access to an expanded range of brightness levels to deliver incredibly realistic images. Editors can output video to HDR monitors using I/O devices from AJA and Blackmagic with brightness levels up to 10,000 nits. The new colour grading tools support both HDR and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video, and with tone mapping, users can easily change HDR to SDR output for broadcast. Final Cut Pro 10.4 is available as a free update today for existing users, and for AU$499.99 for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.4 and Compressor 4.4 are also available as a free update today for existing users, and for AU$79.99 each for new users on the Mac App Store. Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for AU$299.99 inc. GST. For more information, visit: apple.com/au/final-cut-pro.
Apple’s new iMac Pro represents an entirely new product line designed for pro users. Featuring Xeon processors with up to 18 cores, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics performance, and a 27-inch Retina 5K display, they are the fastest, most powerful Macs ever made. The new iMac Pros deliver sufficient power for real-time 3D rendering, immersive VR, intensive developer workflows, high megapixel photography, complex simulations, massive audio projects and real-time 4K and 8K video editing. They also support up to 4TB of SSD and up to 128GB of ECC memory, and with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, can connect up to two high-performance RAID arrays and two 5K displays at the same time. For the first time ever on a Mac, iMac Pro features 10Gb Ethernet for up to 10 times faster networking. iMac Pro is available from 14 December 2017, starting at RRP AU$7299. More details can be found at apple.com/au/imac-pro.