As promised last Thursday, Apple released a major update to Final Cut Pro X this afternoon. Version 10.4.1 of Final Cut Pro X brings two new key features to the table in closed captioning and ProRes RAW support.
Those who already own Final Cut Pro X can download 10.4.1 free of charge from the Mac App Store. Everyone else can purchase the well-regarded NLE for $299 with no reoccurring subscription fees.
As we noted last week, the new closed captioning toolset provides a powerful new way to create, edit and deliver accessible content. New Index Viewer and Inspector tools provide familiar workflows that make it easy to create and maintain closed captions. Users can also import already existing caption files into a project, and Final Cut Pro X will do the heavy lifting.
ProRes RAW is the other tent pole feature to come with Final Cut Pro 10.4. ProRes RAW combines the nimble, easy-to-use file format that we know and love with the added untouched sensor data afforded by RAW.
Unlike uncompressed RAW, which leads to massive file sizes, ProRes RAW promises manageable file sizes, with flexibility benefits normally associated with RAW video. Final Cut Pro’s recently-updated color correction toolset + ProRes RAW ensures that users will have even greater control over molding footage to their liking in post.
As of now, there are a handful of midrange cameras that can use ProRes RAW — cameras like the Canon C300, and Panasonic EVA1 — and these will have to be combined with an Atomos Shogun Inferno or Atomos Sumo19 external ProRes RAW recorder. DJI is also upgrading its Zenmuse X7 camera with built-in ProRes RAW recording support, available on the Inspire 2 drone later this spring.
The update to Final Cut Pro X is accompanied by updates to companion apps Compressor and Motion.
We plan on taking the update for a test drive to try out the new closed captioning soon. Be sure to read our initial details about Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 for a deeper breakdown of all of the new features and enhancements.