Apple today took the wraps off of a new version of its Final Cut Pro X software, a powerful video editing app that is used by some of the biggest names in the business. It just got a boost for those who enjoy a new workflow or too, with Apple focusing on features that help those working remotely.
Apple says that with people working from different locations, proxy workflows are now something it’s focused on. And that includes working with libraries that include large, high resolution files.
Now, more than ever before, users are editing remotely across a wide range of locations. Today’s update to Final Cut Pro includes major improvements to proxy workflows that make libraries more portable and streamline remote work with large, high-resolution files. For the first time within Final Cut Pro, video editors can create proxies in either ProRes Proxy or H.264 in dimensions as small as 12.5 percent of the original. They can also consolidate proxy media, images, and audio to an external or network-connected drive. A Final Cut Pro Library can even be relinked to proxies already created for added flexibility.
One workflow that has received some attention is also one that we might not have expected – new support for portrait video that is designed to be shared on social media. Apple names Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat in particular but there’s no reason this content can’t also be used on something like TikTok as well.
Today’s update to Final Cut Pro makes the experience of delivering social media content easier than ever. Using machine learning, clips in a project can now be automatically analyzed for dominant motion and intelligently cropped with Smart Conform to convert them into square, vertical, or any other sized video — perfect for popular platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. Transform Overscan reveals media outside the crop boundary when adjusting scale, rotation, and position, which allows storytellers to easily reposition the crop. Video editors can also add a Custom Overlay to guide them when placing text and graphics within a non-landscape frame.
All of that, and more, is now available as part of the latest Final Cut Pro X update. Existing users can download this update for free from the App Store now, but everyone else will need to spend the $299.99 needed to get in on it.
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