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# 2024

# July

# 15th July 2024

Backups for Final Cut Pro v2.1.3 is out now.

It is now verified to run under macOS Sonoma and work with Final Cut Pro 10.8 Libraries.

You can download from the Mac App Store here.


XtoCC v1.2.45 is out now.

It includes the following fixes:

  • Critical bug fix to read and process "Final Cut Pro Document" binary files exported from Final Cut Pro
  • Bug fix to support for Crop/Ken Burns effect
  • Bug fix for Crop/Crop effect

You can download from the Mac App Store here.


Producer's Best Friend v1.4.71 is out now.

It includes:

  • Critical bug fix to read and process "Final Cut Pro Document" binary files exported from Final Cut Pro

You can download from the Mac App Store here.


Frame.io v2.6.2 it out now, including the Final Cut Pro Workflow Extension.

It includes:

  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

You can download from the Mac App Store here.

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# 11th July 2024

Vigneswaran Rajkumar releases his first ever macOS application, Marker Data!

A unique application meticulously crafted for Final Cut Pro users seeking seamless Marker extraction, conversion, and database creation capabilities.

Marker Data optimises the way professionals manage Marker’s metadata within Final Cut Pro projects. With its intuitive interface and robust feature set, Marker Data simplifies the extraction process while ensuring the utmost accuracy in representing Marker’s metadata.

Marker Data offers a multitude of use cases, including creation of Marker Notes Database, VFX Database, Shot Library, Stock footage Database, Music Cue Sheet Database and many more.

Core Features:

  • Precise Marker Extraction: Marker Data ensures precise extraction of markers, maintaining the integrity of metadata throughout the process.

  • Batch Extraction and Rendering: Streamline your workflow with functionality for batch extraction and rendering of stills or animated GIFs based on each Marker’s Timecode.

  • Batch Burning-in Labels: Marker Data offers versatile features for batch burning-in labels and embedding comprehensive metadata onto stills or animated GIFs, enhancing project organisation and communication.

  • Integration with Renowned Databases: Enjoy native integration with leading databases such as Notion and Airtable, streamlining data management tasks.

  • Native Integration with Final Cut Pro: With a native Share Destination & Workflow Extension, Marker Data seamlessly integrates with Final Cut Pro, enhancing workflow efficiency.

  • Cloud Database Synchronisation: Effortlessly synchronise Final Cut Pro’s Marker metadata with cloud databases in just one click, ensuring seamless collaboration and accessibility.

  • Customisable Configurations: Tailor Marker Data to your specific project requirements with the ability to create multiple configurations, ensuring flexibility and adaptability.

  • Various Export Profiles: Marker Data is capable of generating spreadsheet-compatible files, including CSV, TSV, and Excel formats, from the Marker metadata in Final Cut Pro including MIDI and YouTube Chapters.

  • Automatic Colour Swatch Analysis: Automatically analyses and embeds colour swatches from extracted images, providing valuable shot references for colour grading and Shot Library creation.

  • Swift and SwiftUI Integration: Built using Apple’s Swift language and SwiftUI framework, Marker Data offers a seamless user experience and unparalleled performance.

  • Free and Open-Source: Marker Data is available as a free and open-source application, empowering the creative community with accessible tools for enhancing Final Cut Pro User’s workflows.

You can download and learn more here.

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# 5th July 2024

Arctic v24.2.1 is out now!

It includes the following changes:

  • Arctic now ignores "stateless" Libraries, which are Libraries stored but not downloaded locally on cloud drives like iCloud, Amove, Box, and DropBox. This prevents Arctic from beachballing when attempting to process Libraries that don't actually exist locally.

You can learn more here.


Larry Jordan has a new blog post on his website titled, Create Customized Effects in Apple Final Cut Pro 10.8.

You can read it here.


BretFX has 33% off selected products until 7th July.

You can learn more here.


Intelligent Assistance have released a new application called ChatFCP.

Essentially it's a web-browser in a Workflow Extension that allows you fast and easy access to Large Language Model's, such as OpenAI's ChatGPT.

You can watch a video explaining on YouTube here.

You can buy the new application for US$14.99 (introductory price until 31st July).

This app is only available on the Intelligent Assistance, and not on the Mac App Store.

You can learn more and purchase here.


Color Finale v2.9.0 is out now!

It includes the following:

New Features:

  • Publish Mask: Make masks created for the chosen layer or group available outside of Color Finale. Use a combination of tracked shape masks, selective color masks, and person masks to overlay color-corrected elements over the background layer directly on the FCP timeline.

Use Case Highlight:

  • Background replacement
  • Object tracking with Color Finale's built-in object tracker
  • Person masking without chromakey
  • Placing titles behind masked objects or people
  • Many more creative effects

You can watch a video explaining the new functionality on YouTube:

You can learn more here.


Colourlab Ai v3.1 is out now!

You can get 20% off by using the offer code 4JUL20 on checkout.

It includes the following changes:

IMPROVEMENTS: – Ai references and showluts are now synced in the cloud – Auto exposure can be made to work using Gamma or Printer lights – Improved Adobe Premiere fetch and push – Improved Davinci Resolve fetch and push – Added support for XAVC MXF playback – Added support for Sony FX6 MP4 – Added support for MXF OP Atom playback – Added project name to Ai references metadata – Ai References view – add option to filter by current project – Project Name visible on top Window – Added in settings Premiere Sync Status – Project settings are now saved for each new project – Added support for previous and next shot preview in full screen preview – Added support for Send to Davinci when timeline is coming from premiere – Enable shortcut for 709/flat view in full screen mode

FIXES: – Fix issue when files with non standard characters would cause Colourlab to crash – Improved handling of unsupported files files fetching from Davinci or Premiere – Fixed issue when some Sony camera MP4 files where not playing – Fixed issue when some BMD camera originated H264 files would not play – Fixed Issue When selecting multiple shots (using ctrl/cmd) it would jump to the first selected shot – Fixed issue when selected area outlines stay visible after shot was region matched – Fix issue when reference viewer had gamma shift in comparison with source viewer – Fixed an issue that made in some cases Premiere fetch fail – Improved handling of variable frame rates in premiere – Make frame forward and frame back to switch to next/previous shot – Make Timeline settings default view in Settings – Fixed issue when double clicking Sync Button in ProjectSettings->library caused the application to crash – Fixed when Cancel on PUSH to Premiere was not working – Improved performance of match region & exposure tool – Improved performance of color wheels UI – Fixed issue of FCP Fetch not working mac intel – Fixed issue when Premiere Fetch was not working on intel – Fixed issue that some windows users were not able to fetch and push to DaVinci – Fixed issue that playback stops at the end of clip

You can learn more here.


mLowers Universal is out now on MotionVFX!

You can buy it for 18% off until 7th July.

You can learn more here.


Builder NLE v4.2.6 is out now!

It has a new feature:

  • A slider in Settings to control the maximum line length of captions and subtitles

You can download via the Mac App Store here.

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# June

# 30th June 2024

evrExpanse v4.4.0 is out now!

If you buy today, you can get 30% off with the discount code EVREANNIV24 on checkout.

It includes the following changes:

Metadata Export:

  • Support for Blackmagic Camera App: Added comprehensive metadata support for files generated from the Blackmagic Camera App for iOS and Android. This includes shooting, recording, camera settings, color settings (including any applied LUTs), and production (slate) settings. Metadata can be exported for importing into DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Assimilate SCRATCH, and other NLEs.
  • Enhanced Metadata View for Final Cut Pro: Improved metadata integration with Final Cut Pro to support new settings such as Camera LUT and Color Space Override, ensuring seamless workflow and accurate metadata representation.

Master Files Transcoding:

  • Support for Blackmagic Camera App: Added support to retain all metadata from the Blackmagic Camera App in transcoded files, ensuring that essential information is preserved throughout the workflow.

You can learn more here.


DAWBridge v1.0.6 is out now with updated compatibility for Final Cut Pro 10.8.

You can learn more here.

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# 28th June 2024

BRAW Toolbox v1.3.10 is out now!

It includes the following improvements:

  • Added support for Fujifilm GFX100S II Blackmagic RAW clips.
  • Added support for Panasonic GH7 Blackmagic RAW clips.
  • Updated from Blackmagic RAW SDK v4.0 to v4.1.

You can learn more here.

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# 27th June 2024

Gyroflow Toolbox v1.1.5 is out now on the Mac App Store.

It includes the following improvements:

  • We've updated to the latest Gyroflow Core Renderer. HUGE thank you to the amazing AdrianEddy for all his ongoing help, assistance, genius and support!
  • Updated from FxPlug v4.2.9 to v4.3.
  • 2491 lens profiles have been added from the hero Gyroflow project. Thanks to EVERYONE who has submitted lens profiles and another HUGE thank you to AdrianEddy for all the work that goes into managing them.

You can learn more here.


Ripple Training have released a new video called Color Matching in Final Cut Pro 10.8.

Mark Spencer demonstrates how to use Final Cut Pro's comparison viewer to match related shots in a project.

You can watch on YouTube here:

They have also released a new Color Grading in Final Cut Pro 10.8 Tutorial.

It's USD$99, however you can use the discount code START-COLOR to get 30% off.

You can learn more here.


MotionVFX has released lots of bug fixes and improvements to their various products.

For example:

  • mCallouts Simple v3.0.1: Fixed a rare crash preventing the plugin from start
  • mMessage v3.0.1: Fixed a rare crash preventing the plugin from start
  • mCallouts Simple 2 v3.0.1: Fixed a rare crash preventing the plugin from start
  • mPointer v3.0.1: Fixed a rare crash preventing the plugin from start
  • mTuber v1.1: Added X logo
  • mFlare 2 v3.1.3: Stability improvements
  • mStories v1.1: Added X logo
  • mFilmLook v2.1.3: Stability improvements
  • mTuber 2 v1.1: Added X logo
  • mPuppet v2.1.1: Fixed rendering issues in 3D space, Ul improvements, optimised render code for better performance with multiple instances
  • mFreezeFrame Movie v2.0.2: Stability update
  • mTracker 3D v2.1: Ul stability improvements
  • mMessage 2 v3.0.1: Fixed a rare crash preventing the plugin from start
  • mKBHD FCP v1.2: Added X logo
  • mKeynote FCP v1.1: Added X logo
  • mChannel Glitch v1.1: Added X logo
  • mHUD 2 v3.0.1: Fixed a rare crash that might prevent the plugin from launching
  • mHUD 3 v3.0.1: Fixed a rare crash preventing the plugin from start
  • mTracker 3D Social Media Icons Pack v1.1: Added X logo
  • mTracker 3D Area v1.1: Fixed a rare crash preventing the plugin from start
  • mTracker Surface v1.1.2: Stability improvements

You can use their mInstaller to update all your MotionVFX plugins.

You can learn more here.

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# 26th June 2024

Matthew O'Brien has been putting on his detective hat to look at some weird bugs in Final Cut Pro 10.8.

He writes in his first video:

In this video I'm breaking down TWO bugs I've heard about with Final Cut Pro 10.8. One bug has to do with audio skimming and playing back audio one frame at a time using the left and right arrow keys. Some users are reporting that you can no longer hear audio when using the arrow keys.

The second bug is one that I'm experiencing. Any time I try to interact with an element in the Viewer to transform it with scale or position or rotation, Final Cut Pro hangs. It doesn't quit, it doesn't crash, I don't get a spinning rainbow wheel... It just hangs. If I try to change my text with the title tool or use a mask effect it hangs. Any time I "touch" an element in the Viewer, Final Cut Pro hangs.

This is happening on my M1 Max Mac Studio, my M1 Pro 14" MacBook Pro, but it IS NOT happening with my M2 Pro Mac mini.

You can watch it here:

However, regarding the first bug he mentions in the video Richard Taylor writes on Twitter.

For those experiencing the FCP 10.8 audio frame by frame, skimming bug, place your mouse, cursor over any window, but the timeline!

Matthew followed up with another video, where he writes:

In my last video I broke down a major Final Cut Pro 10.8 bug where trying to adjust elements in the viewer window was causing Final Cut Pro to hang or freeze. Editing text with a title tool, using the Transform Tool to adjust scale or position - these adjustments were freezing Final Cut.

In this video I'm going over what seems to be causing this to happen while, unfortunately, not coming up with a root cause that allows us to resolve the issue. I think this is definitely going to need a software update to fix things since I've already tried every troubleshooting step that I can think of per Apple's support document linked here

You can watch it here:

After posting this video, he's then discovered a workaround/solution:

So it seems the issue is specific to the newer Magic Trackpad and the trackpad on Mac notebooks.

If you disable Tap to click in Settings > Trackpad you can interact with elements in the Viewer window without any issue.

If you disable Use trackpad for dragging in Settings > Accessibility > Pointer Control > Trackpad Options you can drag elements in the Viewer window.

So, yeah. I'm guessing enabling the ability to drag and drop effects from the Inspector onto the Viewer window may have caused this bug? Of course none of this affects FCP if you're using a Magic Mouse, Mighty Mouse or 3rd party mouse.

This also doesn't affect FCP if you're using the older AA battery-powered Magic Trackpad

Hopefully these are both fairly simple bugs that Apple can address in a point update within the next couple of weeks.

You can keep track of all of Final Cut Pro's bugs and issues on the FCP Cafe Bug Tracker.

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# 25th June 2024

News Import v1.0.1 is now available for purchase on the Mac App Store!

It's a Final Cut Pro Workflow Extension that allows you to import NewsML-G2 and VPMS metadata into Final Cut Pro.

If you have footage that contains a .newsml.xml and/or .vpms.xml sidecar file, this tools allows you to access this metadata from within a supplied Final Cut Pro Metadata View.

This is useful if you're working with news outlets that use the NewsML-G2 standard or a VPMS system, and you need to reference this metadata for deliverables.

News Import works well alongside other 3rd party applications such as Producers Best Friend.

This is a simple niche app, that saves high-end professional assistant editors using Final Cut Pro hours of time.

You can learn more here.


Dylan John has released a video on YouTube titled "WHAT'S HOT and WHAT'S NOT in the NEW Final Cut Pro 10.8 UPDATE".

You can watch here:

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# 24th June 2024

Capacitor v1.0.1 is out now!

It adds support for Final Cut Pro 10.8 and FCPXML v1.12.

You can learn more here.


evrExpanse v4.3.8 is out now!

It includes the following changes:

Metadata Export:

  • Added support for exporting Final Cut Pro FCPXML v1.12.

Master Files Transcoding:

  • Added reporting of duplicate file names in the log file.

Offload:

  • Fixed an issue with renaming duplicate files without an extension in the destination when their checksums differ from the source file.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented logging transfers sequentially in the report file.
  • Fixed an issue introduced in evrExpanse 4.3.0 where no proper alert was raised when selecting empty folders to transfer.

You can learn more here.

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# 22nd June 2024

Matthew O'Brien has released his thoughts on Final Cut Pro 10.8 on YouTube:


CommandPost v1.4.26 is out now with the following changes:

  • Added support for FCPXML v1.12 used by Final Cut Pro 10.8. Thanks for reporting Sam Pluemacher!
  • Updated from CSV2Notion v1.2.1 to v1.3.1.

You can learn more here.


LUT Robot v1.0.1 is out now!

It adds support for Final Cut Pro 10.8 and FCPXML v1.12.

You can learn more here.


BRAW Toolbox v1.3.8 is out now!

It updates from FxPlug v4.2.9 to FxPlug v4.3 to better support Final Cut Pro 10.8.

You can learn more here.

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# 21st June 2024

It's an exciting (and very busy) Friday here at FCP Cafe!

Final Cut Pro v10.8, Final Cut Pro for iPad v2.0, Final Cut Camera v1.0, Motion v5.8, Compressor v4.8 are all out now!

iMovie v10.4.1 is out with stability and performance improvements.

Pro Video Formats v2.3.1 is out now.

For developers, FxPlug v4.3 is also out now, along with FCPXML v1.12.

The new Color Adjustments feature in Final Cut Pro 10.8 is definitely our favourite new addition, although renaming Effects will be pretty handy too.

Final Cut Pro v10.8 and Final Cut Pro for iPad v2.0 have a new library database version (now 1110 compared to 1090 in 10.7.1), so you'll need to update older libraries.

We strongly recommend making a backup of all Final Cut Pro Libraries before updating them!

Transfer Toolbox v1.2.0 is also out today, allowing you to move Libraries from Final Cut Pro v10.8 to Final Cut Pro 2.0 (for iPad).

You can learn more and download for free here.

Arctic v24.2.0 is also out today with Final Cut Pro 10.8 support.

You can learn more here.

Sadly, unlike some Final Cut Pro YouTuber's and Trainers, we don't get early access to these Final Cut Pro updates, so we are currently carefully testing and reviewing all these changes, and how they affect our own apps and workflows.

We will post our test results over on our Should I Update? page as we learn new things.

So far we can confirm that CommandPost and BRAW Toolbox both seem to be working great! If you spot any issues, please reach out.

We will aim to add Color Adjustments support to CommandPost in the coming weeks, so that you can control all the parameters with your preferred control surface.

Capacitor will also be updated soon to support FCPXML v1.12.

Matthew O'Brien has already reported some weirdness in Final Cut Pro 10.8 on Twitter, however we haven't been able to reproduce.

As always, before updating, please make sure you make a backup of the Final Cut Pro application, and your existing Final Cut Pro Libraries.

Final Cut Pro 10.8 removes support for DVD & BluRay burning. However, you can always keep a copy of Final Cut Pro 10.7.1 handy or buy Toast 20 Pro at a discounted price for a limited time here.

You can read Iain Anderson's detailed analysis of Final Cut Pro 10.8 over at ProVideo Coalition.

He's also written about Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 on ProVideo Coalition here.

You can watch Steve & Mark at Ripple Training give an in-depth look at Final Cut Pro 10.8 over on YouTube:

You can watch Dylan Bates (a.k.a The Final Cut Bro) explain Final Cut Pro 10.8 over on YouTube:

You can watch Robin S. Kurz at POST-PROfessionals dig deep into Final Cut Pro 10.8 over a series of detailed videos on YouTube:

Final Cut Pro v10.8 includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Automatically improve the color, color balance, contrast, and brightness of video or still images using the new Enhance Light and Color effect, powered by machine learning.
  • Enable Smooth Slo-Mo to create amazing slow-motion visuals with an AI-enhanced algorithm on Mac models with Apple silicon.
  • Stay organized by renaming color corrections and video effects in the inspector.
  • Drag effects right from the inspector to other clips in the timeline or viewer.
  • Use new filters in the timeline index to quickly identify clips with audio effects, video effects, retiming changes, missing media, or missing effects.
  • Search in the timeline index by reel, scene, camera angle, camera name, custom metadata, or effect name.
  • Search in the timeline index for user-created roles.
  • Search for clips in the browser using new “Starts With” and “Ends With” search criteria.
  • Enable or disable timeline scrolling using a new toolbar button.
  • Improves timeline scrolling behavior during reverse playback.
  • Fixes an issue where captions would sometimes flicker when timeline scrolling is enabled.
  • Fixes an issue where browser items would be appear to be renamed when naming a folder.
  • Fixes an issue that caused disabling the audio roles of a clip to make the video roles appear disabled.
  • Accurately tone-maps HDR video content in 360° view for 360° projects.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause ProRes RAW clips to be displayed incorrectly in the viewer on Intel-based Mac models.
  • Fixes an issue that caused a freeze frame from a log-encoded clip to appear too bright in an HLG timeline.
  • Fixes an issue that caused a disabled Color Board effect to be incorrectly enabled after exporting and reimporting an FCPXML of the timeline.
  • Fixes an issue that caused the Space Designer audio effect to show presets as missing.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Final Cut Pro to stop responding when rendering with another app active.
  • Fixes an issue that caused switching between the angle viewer and the video scopes to change the angle viewer selection back to “Enable video and audio switching.”
  • Fixes an issue that caused Final Cut Pro to stop responding when both a folder and an enclosed item were selected in the browser.
  • Adds support for sharing 8K ProRes MXF files.
  • Improves support for Canon C2 AVC media.
  • Adds support for Canon XF-AVC 1920x1080 59.94i/50i H.264 25Mbps.
  • Removes support for disc burning.
  • Updates FCPXML to version 1.12.

Final Cut Pro for iPad v2.0 includes the following features, enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Connect to Final Cut Camera on iPhone or iPad to record up to four camera angles at once using Live Multicam.
  • Easily create and edit projects on a connected external storage device.
  • Dial in your exposure with shutter speed and ISO controls in pro camera mode.
  • Enable focus peaking to ensure your footage is sharp while recording.
  • Polish your videos with 12 new color grading presets, 6 dynamic glitch backgrounds, 20 soundtracks, 8 basic text titles, and more.
  • Clip duration in the inspector now appears as timecode.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented deleting gap clips in Position mode.
  • Fixes an issue that caused Zoom to Fit to stop working when the timeline position was changed.
  • Improves playback performance when editing with the Magic Keyboard.
  • Fixes an issue that caused the disabled skimmer to become active after a browser clip was dragged into the timeline with a trackpad or Apple Pencil.
  • Fixes an issue that caused filmstrip thumbnails to be drawn at incorrect intervals.
  • Fixes an issue that caused the volume offset value to remain at 0 when adjusting the volume of multiple clips.
  • Improves reliability when importing media into a project.
  • Improves reliability when a voiceover recording is interrupted by certain calls and timers.
  • Fixes an issue that caused disabling all multicam audio components to show a missing media state.
  • Fixes an issue that caused angle name changes made in the angle editor to not appear in the timeline or inspector.
  • Fixes an issue that caused the inspector to not update to the active multicam audio component.
  • Fixes an issue that caused audio configuration changes made in the angle editor to not appear accurately in the timeline.
  • Improves the reliability of Live Drawing in a portrait timeline.
  • Fixes an issue that caused adding a clip to the timeline using keyboard shortcuts to sometimes add objects from the content browser as well.
  • Fixes an issue that sometimes caused the viewer to dim when Final Cut Pro was reopened.
  • Fixes an issue that caused timeline clip thumbnails to not be updated immediately after media was reconnected or missing content was redownloaded.
  • Fixes an issue that caused retime video quality settings to be omitted when copying and pasting format settings.
  • Includes stability and performance improvements.

Motion v5.8 includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Automatically improve the color, color balance, contrast, and brightness of video or still images using the new Enhance Light and Color filter, powered by machine learning.
  • Improves stability when exporting a movie with an applied Analyze Motion behavior.
  • Improves stability when switching between the Filters and Properties Inspectors in a project with an applied Color Curves filter.
  • Improves stability when analyzing in reverse using Point mode tracking in the Analyze Motion behavior.
  • Fixes an issue in which Motion may become unresponsive when using a third-party FxPlug plug-in.
  • Fixes an issue in which a Keyer filter may render incorrectly when Color Processing is set to Automatic in the Project Properties Inspector.
  • Improves stability when creating a particle emitter or replicator from the Media list in a 360° project.

Compressor v4.8 includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Preview left or right eye angles of spatial video shot on Apple Vision Pro, iPhone 15 Pro, or iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • Create video or image sequences from the left or right eye of spatial video for stereoscopic workflows in other applications.
  • Fixes an issue where “This Computer” could not be deselected when setting up a group of shared computers to process Compressor batches.
  • Fixes an issue where modifying the audio of a video clip shot in portrait mode would cause the image to rotate 90 degrees.
  • Adds support for Canon XF-AVC 1920x1080 59.94i/50i H.264 25Mbps.

FxPlug v4.3 includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Improved overall stability.
  • Removal of custom view pointer parameter from FxSimpleColorCorrector example code.
  • Developers will no longer see console messages about the host trying to load 3rd party bundles.
  • When debugging plug-ins with a recent Xcode that use Metal rendering, turn off Metal API Validation. Otherwise, the debugger may stop your plug-in in the -renderDestination: method with a SIGABRT.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the host to crash when attempting to set a value to an incorrect parameter type.
  • Fixed an issue where unpublishing an FxPlug parameter with a custom UI causes the inspector to glitch.
  • Fixed an incorrect pixel transform so -getOutputWidth:Height:: returns the results in the correct space.
  • Fixed a hang that happens when attempting to get currentTime from FxCustomParameterActionAPI while querying it for the analysis range.

FCPXML v1.12 only have a few new additions:

  • Added <!ATTLIST filter-video nameOverride CDATA #IMPLIED>
  • Added <!ATTLIST filter-audio nameOverride CDATA #IMPLIED>
  • Updated <!ATTLIST conform-rate frameSampling (floor | nearest-neighbor | frame-blending | optical-flow-classic | optical-flow | optical-flow-frc) "floor">
  • Updated <!ATTLIST timeMap frameSampling (floor | nearest-neighbor | frame-blending | optical-flow-classic | optical-flow | optical-flow-frc) "floor">
  • Updated <!ATTLIST match-text rule (includes | doesNotInclude | is | isNot | startsWith | endsWith) "includes">
  • Updated <!ATTLIST match-property rule (includes | doesNotInclude | is | isNot | isSet | isNotSet | startsWith | endsWith) "includes">

Pro Video Formats v2.3.1 provides support for the following codecs that are used in professional video workflows:

  • Apple ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ
  • Apple Intermediate Codec
  • Avid DNxHD® / Avid DNxHR® decoder
  • AVC-Intra 50 / 100 / 200 / 4:4:4 / LT
  • AVC-LongG
  • XAVC
  • XF-AVC
  • XF-HEVC
  • DVCPRO HD
  • HDV
  • XDCAM EX / HD / HD422
  • MPEG IMX
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2

If you run into issues with Final Cut Pro, make sure you post in our bug tracker!

Happy cutting!

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# 20th June 2024

Rotomatic v1.0.0 is out now on FxFactory.

It features:

Automatic object detection and tracking Rotomatic simplifies the tedious task of manual rotoscoping by automating it, offering significant control to achieve desired results with convenience and speed. Developed using a contemporary machine learning framework, Rotomatic employs multiple neural networks to enhance object detection and tracking.

Intuitive on-screen configuration Intuitive, on-screen configuration for efficient and practical rotoscoping application. Our "Refine, not Redo" philosophy means that labor-intensive steps like object definition and tracking are seldom repeated. The built-in timeline facilitates management of keyframes and selected objects, especially for extensive clips requiring rotoscoping.

Incremental refinement Keyframes, objects, and their elements can be adjusted and reprocessed without impacting previously computed outcomes. Rotomatic offers a more efficient and user-friendly way to achieve professional rotoscoping results.

You can learn more on FxFactory.

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# 13th June 2024

Color Finale Transcoder v2.0 is out now!

You can watch the announcement video here:

Existing Color Finale Transcoder v1.0 users can upgrade at a discounted rate (check your emails).

There's also a fully featured 7-day free trial, so you can try before you buy.

This new version includes:

  • Nikon N-RAW support
  • Edit BRAW and N-RAW clips on the timeline without transcoding
  • Create movies out of raw images from stills cameras
  • Use without Final Cut Pro as a standalone app

You can read more about this update in more detail on their blog.

We've been testing out the initial v2.0.0 release, and there's a few things to keep in mind when using the new Use Original Media feature:

  • Whatever you set as your Resolution in the Workflow Extension is what is used as your clip's resolution. For example, if your BRAW clip is 6144 x 3456, if you have 1/2 (3072x1728) selected in the Workflow Extension's Inspector prior to importing, the clip that's imported into the Final Cut Pro will be 3072 x 1728. Whilst there is a Resolution dropdown in the BRAWReader effect on the clip, so you can adjust the decode quality - the source clip will always still be 3072 x 1728, which could be a quality issue if you want to access the full image data or want to send a FCPXML to DaVinci Resolve. For now, I'd recommend importing everything at Full Resolution.
  • We've found that whilst clips generally play back perfectly in the timeline, on some clips in the Browser it won't play back the images correctly. For example, on a 45min clip, in the Browser the first 30mins is stuck on the first frame - however it plays perfectly in the timeline. This same issue happened when adding these same clips to a Synchronised Clip. This is hopefully just a simple bug that can be fixed in a future update.
  • Applying speed effects to clips directly doesn't work. For example, if you a 25fps BRAW clip in a 25fps timeline, if you apply a Fast 2x effect, you just get a freeze frame. However you can workaround this by creating a Compound Clip, or putting the clip into a Synchronised Clip or Multicam first.
  • There's currently no way to re-link BRAW/N-RAW files - if the file path has changed, it will just show missing media. As a workaround, you could export a FCPXML and do a find and replace of the file path.

  • There was a few times during testing with speed effects that Final Cut Pro reported Cannot perform this operation. The application detected an error that prevents changes from being saved. To avoid losing your work, quit Final Cut Pro.. This is something we've never really come across, and we're not exactly sure what's triggering this, but will keep investigating.

  • There was a few times when working with N-RAW that frames would fail to render, and we would get an error like the below. N-RAW seems to require a lot more CPU/GPU strength than BRAW.

  • We tested moving projects from Final Cut Pro to DaVinci Resolve, and it works well, however you'll have to manually Replace Selected Clip... to force relink to the original BRAW file.
  • We tried working with several BRAW and N-RAW clips in a Multicam and it worked well.

Given that Color Finale Transcoder can already transcode ARRIRAW and CinemaDNG, it'll be interesting to see if we'll be able to Use Original Media for these formats too in a future update.

You can download and learn more here.

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# 12th June 2024

The Pro Editor Bundle v2 is out now for USD$150 (save USD$119.93).

This bundle on the Mac App Store gives you access to:

The Mac App Store also supports Complete My Bundle - which credits customers for apps they’ve already purchased within a bundle. You only pay the balance for the remaining apps.

You can find the Pro Editor Bundle v2 on the Mac App Store here.

Alternatively, if you don't need LUT Robot or Capacitor, you can buy the original Pro Editor Bundle on the Mac App Store here.


Rafael Ludwig has recently released a fun and interesting video on his YouTube channel titled, How Apple Could Dominate the Creative Market with Final Cut Pro.

You can watch here:


Dylan Bates (aka The Final Cut Bro), also just released a super fun video sponsored by MotionVFX.

It seems that MotionVFX paid for a bunch of Final Cut Pro gurus to fly to Poland to hang out - which is super cool!

You can watch here:

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# 11th June 2024

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off at Apple Park today.

This is the biggest day in the calendar for Apple Developers, because Apple showcase the next versions of all their operating systems, and new frameworks and APIs that developers can take advantage of.

  • You can watch the quick three minute 18 things from WWDC24 summary video here.
  • You can watch a five minute summary video about Apple Intelligence here.
  • You can watch a five minute summary video about Apple Intelligence Privacy here.
  • You can watch the full Keynote here.
  • You can watch the Platforms State of the Union here.

As usual, the Keynote was insanely slick, with some stunning transitions and lots of fun and seamless visual effects.

The top line items from the event were:

Introducing Apple Intelligence, AI for the rest of us. And exciting updates coming with iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS Sequoia, watchOS 11, and visionOS 2.

You can read all about the highlights over on the Apple Newsroom here.

You can read a detailed technical blog post about their new Private Cloud Compute here.

Following Apple's new trend, both the Keynote & Platforms State of the Union were also shot on iPhone and edited on Mac.

It's currently unknown if it was cut in Final Cut Pro, although we do know that their previous Scary Fast event was cut in Adobe Premiere.

However, we also know that all of the WWDC developer session videos last year were cut in Final Cut Pro, and we understand that this is still the case this year.

First up, a great new feature for Vision Pro owners is you'll be able to view your Mac screen in new Wide and Ultrawide windows - giving you more screen real-estate for cutting in Final Cut Pro:

Panoramic productivity with Mac Virtual Display
Using Mac Virtual Display is like having an expandable, ultrawide screen that wraps around you. It’s the equivalent of having two 4K displays sitting side by side — everything looks astoundingly sharp and incredibly detailed.

They also announced:

Now you can connect your Magic Mouse or third‑party Bluetooth mouse to navigate while using Apple Vision Pro.

Another very useful feature for Final Cut Pro editors is Continuity in macOS Sequoia:

Use your iPhone from your Mac
With iPhone Mirroring, you can view what’s on your iPhone and control it too, without having to reach for it.

This will make getting files from your iPhone to your Mac a lot easier, than dealing with AirDrop.

In terms of Final Cut Pro news, it was confirmed in the Keynote that:

Spatial Videos can then be edited in Final Cut Pro for Mac, and shared and viewed in the new Vimeo app for VisionOS. This new professional workflow will be available this fall.

Apple pre-announced that spatial video was coming back in November 2023 - so this wasn't exactly new news.

For those outside of the USA, fall begins on September 22nd and ends on December 21st - so we'll most likely see a preview of this at the Final Cut Pro Creative Summit.

Apple writes in their Vision Pro Press Release:

Capturing spatial videos on Apple Vision Pro and iPhone 15 Pro allows users to bring special moments to life and relive them as though they are back in the moment. Later this year, Canon will offer a brand-new spatial lens for its popular EOS R7 digital camera to capture gorgeous spatial video, even in challenging lighting conditions. An update to Final Cut Pro will enable creators to edit spatial videos on their Mac and add immersive titles and effects to their projects, and with the Vimeo app designed for Vision Pro, users will be able to upload and share spatial videos for others to discover and enjoy.

More interestingly however is that Apple has teamed up with Blackmagic Design to tackle Immersive Video - with no mention or hint as to whether or not Immersive Video will come to Final Cut Pro later down the line.

Here's what Blackmagic announced after the Keynote:

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ANNOUNCES THE WORLD’S FIRST COMMERCIAL CAMERA SYSTEM AND EDITING SOFTWARE FOR APPLE IMMERSIVE VIDEO ON APPLE VISION PRO

Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive and DaVinci Resolve support 8K stereoscopic 3D capture and editing, empowering filmmakers to create Apple Immersive Video for Apple Vision Pro

Cupertino, CA, USA, June 10th, 2024 - Blackmagic Design today announced an end to end workflow for producing cinematic Apple Immersive Video for Apple Vision Pro. Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive is the world’s first commercial camera system designed to capture Apple Immersive Video. Apple Immersive Video is a brand-new storytelling format that leverages 8K, 3D video with a 180-degree field of view, and Spatial Audio to transport viewers to the center of the action. Blackmagic Design also announced updates to DaVinci Resolve, the industry-leading post-production software, that will give professional filmmakers the ability to edit Apple Immersive Video for the first time. Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive and a new version of DaVinci Resolve that supports Apple Immersive Video for Apple Vision Pro will be released later this year.

“We are thrilled to announce the first-ever commercial camera system and post-production software that supports Apple Immersive Video, giving professional filmmakers the tools to create remarkable stories with this powerful new format pioneered by Apple,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Built on the new URSA Cine platform, URSA Cine Immersive features a fixed, custom, stereoscopic 3D lens system with dual 8K image sensors that can capture 16 stops of dynamic range. With this innovative system, filmmakers can record remarkable moments like action-packed scenes, unique perspectives, stunning landscapes, intimate performances, and more, all with incredible fidelity, offering viewers an unparalleled sense of realism and immersion.”

THE WORLD’S FIRST COMMERCIAL CAMERA SYSTEM FOR APPLE IMMERSIVE VIDEO:
Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive features a fixed, custom lens system pre-installed on the body, which is designed specifically for Apple Immersive Video. The sensor delivers 8160 x 7200 resolution per eye with pixel level synchronization and an incredible 16 stops of dynamic range, so cinematographers can shoot 90fps stereoscopic 3D immersive cinema content to a single file. The custom lens system is designed specifically for URSA Cine’s large format image sensor with extremely accurate positional data that’s read and stored at time of manufacturing. This immersive lens data — which is mapped, calibrated and stored per eye — then travels through post production in the Blackmagic RAW file itself.

THE WORLD’S FIRST EDITING SOFTWARE FOR APPLE IMMERSIVE VIDEO:
An updated version of DaVinci Resolve will introduce powerful new features to create a comprehensive workflow for immersive video on Apple Vision Pro. Blackmagic customers will be able to edit Apple Immersive Video shot on the URSA Cine Immersive camera. A new immersive video viewer will let editors pan, tilt and roll clips for viewing on 2D monitors or on Apple Vision Pro for an even more immersive editing experience. Transitions rendered by Apple Vision Pro will also be able to be bypassed using FCP XML metadata, giving editors clean master files. Export presets will enable quick output into a package which can be viewed directly on Apple Vision Pro.

URSA CINE IMMERSIVE IS DESIGNED TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF ANY HIGH END PRODUCTION:

The evenly weighted camera body is built with a robust magnesium alloy chassis and lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite skin to help filmmakers move quickly on set. Customers also get 12G‑SDI out, 10G Ethernet, USB-C, XLR audio, and more. The fold out monitor has a large 5″ HDR touchscreen on one side and an external color status LCD on the other. The right side of the camera features a dedicated assist station with a second 5″ HDR touchscreen that allows crew to work around the camera without needing external monitors.

An 8-pin Lemo power connector at the back of the camera works with 24V and 12V power supplies, making it easy to use the camera with existing power supplies, batteries, and accessories. Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive comes with a massive 250W power supply and B mount battery plate, so customers can use a wide range of high voltage batteries from manufacturers such as IDX, Blueshape, Core SWX, BEBOB, and more. Customers will also receive a top handle, antennas for high speed Wi-Fi, baseplate, 24V power supply and high voltage B mount battery plate for quick set up.

Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive comes with 8TB of high performance network storage built in, which records directly to the included Blackmagic Media Module, and can be synced to Blackmagic Cloud and DaVinci Resolve media bins in real time. This means customers can capture over 2 hours of Blackmagic RAW in 8K stereoscopic 3D immersive, and editors can work on shots from remote locations worldwide as the shoot is happening.

The new Blackmagic RAW Immersive file format is designed to make it simple and easy to work with immersive video within the whole post production workflow, and includes support for Blackmagic global media sync. Blackmagic RAW files store camera metadata, lens data, white balance, digital slate information and custom LUTs to ensure consistency of image on set and through post production.

Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive is the first commercial, digital film camera with ultra fast high capability Cloud Store technology built in. The high speed storage lets customers record at the highest resolutions and frame rates for hours and access their files directly over high speed 10G Ethernet. The camera also supports creating a small H.264 proxy file, in addition to the camera original media when recording. This means the small proxy file can be uploaded to Blackmagic Cloud in seconds, so media is available back at the studio in real time.

Blackmagic Media Dock accelerates post production workflow by making it faster and simpler to start editing and performing color correction. Customers can mount up to three Blackmagic Media Modules for high speed access to media from multiple URSA Cine Immersive cameras all at the same time. The four high speed 10G Ethernet ports allow up to four separate edit workstations to connect directly and is extremely fast, even when a lot of users are connected at the same time.

BLACKMAGIC URSA CINE IMMERSIVE FEATURES:

  • Dual custom lens system for shooting Apple Immersive Video for Apple Vision Pro.
  • 8K stereoscopic 3D immersive image capture.
  • 8160 x 7200 resolution per eye with pixel level synchronization.
  • Massive 16 stops of dynamic range.
  • Lightweight, robust camera body with industry standard connections.
  • Generation 5 Color Science with new film curve.
  • Dual 90 fps capture to a single Blackmagic RAW file.
  • Includes high performance Blackmagic Media Module 8TB for recording.
  • High speed Wi-Fi, 10G Ethernet or mobile data for network connections.
  • Optional Blackmagic URSA Cine EVF.
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.

DAVINCI RESOLVE IMMERSIVE FEATURES:

  • Support for monitoring on Apple Vision Pro from the DaVinci Resolve timeline.
  • Ability to edit Blackmagic RAW Immersive video shot on Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive.
  • Immersive video viewer for pan, tilt and roll.
  • Automatic recognition of Apple Immersive Video (left and right eye) for dual file stereo immersive content.
  • Option to bypass transitions rendered by Apple Vision Pro.
  • Export and deliver native files for viewing on Apple Vision Pro.

AVAILABILITY AND PRICE: Blackmagic URSA Cine Immersive and the update to DaVinci Resolve will be available later this year from selected Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

This is super interesting for Final Cut Pro professionals, as it shows that Blackmagic is really full steam ahead with Blackmagic RAW, with their new Blackmagic RAW Immersive format.

Interestingly, in Apple's Keynote they did mention that Apple's Compressor will be part of the workflow, although Blackmagic's press release makes it sound like Compressor is not needed (i.e. "Export and deliver native files for viewing on Apple Vision Pro").

Last year Apple announced a new framework called MediaExtension, that provides a means for developers to create format readers and video decoders for media that the system doesn’t natively support - such as Blackmagic RAW and Nikon NRAW.

This was supposed to come in macOS Sonoma, but they silently killed it - but it looks like it's coming back for macOS Sequoia.

This is super interestingly as it means that a third party can finally add codec support for third party codecs that will work system wide (if the host app allows third party codec support) - i.e. Final Cut Pro could potentially finally have native Blackmagic RAW support without the need for BRAW Toolbox!

Once a user installs and runs the host app, embedded format reader extensions become available to any app on the user’s system that opts in to using them by calling MTRegisterProfessionalVideoWorkflowFormatReaders.

MediaExtension will require macOS Sequoia, and is labelled as "beta" - so it's unclear if this will actually come in the public release later this year or not.

Currently the documentation just says:

Building MediaExtension format readers using ExtensionKit requires an entitlement. Updates include information about the entitlement and a link to the entitlement request form.

...so we'll have to see if Apple eventually adds the entitlement request form (as they never did last year).

Currently a lot of the documentation also still says macOS 14.0+, so it's unclear how much attention Apple's put towards this Framework - and it might just be intended for camera manufacturers to use (i.e. for Blackmagic to build their own BRAW support, as opposed to ANY third party developer).

In the Platforms State of the Union video, Final Cut Pro for iPad did get a little nod in the SwiftUI section:

In terms of macOS news, macOS Sonoma has always had issues with various H.264 decoding, but it looks like there's some fixes coming to macOS Sequoia, such as:

Fixed: On Apple Silicon, AVC (H.264) content at level 5.2 or lower can be handled by the hardware decoder. Content that otherwise conforms to level 5.2 but is high frame rate (e.g. 4k at 100 or 120 fps) and labelled level 6, 6.1 or 6.2 is also handled by hardware. However, if width or height is greater than 4096 columns or rows and content uses 4:2:0 chroma subsampling and 8 bit depth, the hardware decoder driver will reject it and a software decoder will be automatically selected to ensure artifact-free decoding. Now, if content is 10 bit, 4:2:2 or 4:4:4, the hardware decoder will be used. (127003443)

For developers, there's a HEAP of exciting new technologies and frameworks - especially in terms of on-device machine learning, such as transcription.

Hopefully we eventually see some of these technologies and frameworks used on a future version of Final Cut Pro, but for now, we wait for Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 - Apple previously announced:

Pricing and Availability

  • Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 will be available later this spring as a free update for existing users, and available on the App Store for $4.99 (U.S.) per month or $49 (U.S.) per year, with a one-month free trial for new users.
  • Final Cut Camera will be available for free later this spring as a standalone app.
  • Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 will be available as a free update for existing users and for $299.99 (U.S.) for new users on the Mac App Store. All new users can download a free 90-day trial of Final Cut Pro.

So there's a good chance we'll see Final Cut Pro updated later this week or next.

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# 7th June 2024

PostLab 2.0 Early Access is out now for all PostLab Classic teams!

Meet the future: collaborate on any creative app, no more subscription, and bring your own storage - whether it's a NAS or a cloud drive!

The successor to PostLab Classic is finally here, after Hedge's massive announcement at the Final Cut Pro Creative Summit last year (you can read my reaction from the Summit here).

You can read all about this groundbreaking software here.


LUT Robot is now available on the Mac App Store.

It allows you to automatically apply Camera LUTs with matching filenames.

When working on big long-form projects, such as feature films and television shows, DITs on-set create unique Camera LUTs for each shot.

For example, the production might be shooting on an ARRI Alexa and when they hand over the rushes, they also hand over LUTs for each camera file.

LUT Robot automatically applies Camera LUTs with matching filenames, saving hours of work for Assistant Editors, who until now, had to manually set the Camera LUT for each clip.

You can select a specific sub-folder within your Camera LUTs folder to scan.

This is a simple niche app, that saves high-end professional assistant editors using Final Cut Pro hours of time.

The LUT Robot icon was designed by the amazing Matthew Skiles.

The FCPXML Processing Engine used under-the-hood was created by David Peterson.

You can learn more here.

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# 5th June 2024

For those interested in Frame.io and their latest V4 update, Alex Lindsay had an awesome chat with Emery Wells on the Office Hours Global live stream.

You can watch on YouTube here.


Jace Sparks also had a great conversation with Alex Gollner (aka Alex4D) on his ELAV8 Podcast.

The conversation delves into the challenges and opportunities surrounding the promotion and development of Final Cut Pro, as well as the broader strategic direction of Apple. It explores the issues of trust, marketing, and collaboration within the industry, and the potential impact of AI on editing workflows. The discussion also touches on the concept of a Worldwide Creator Conference and the role of Apple in shaping the future of media creation. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, including 3D animation, AI, technology, corporate ethics, and the impact of AI on human behavior. It delves into the role of AI in individual and corporate settings, as well as the ethical implications of AI usage. The discussion also explores the concept of pleasure and the influence of technology on human behavior and society.

You can watch on YouTube here.

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# 3rd June 2024

CSV2Notion Neo v1.3.0 is out now with the following improvements:

  • Automatically analyse and generate captions for images using Hugging Face's open-source AI/ML models
  • Added --hugging-face-token: Hugging Face token to use image captioning model online
  • Added --hf-model: Provide the model used for generating caption <vit-gpt2 | blip-image | git-large> (defaults: vit-gpt2)
  • Added --caption-column: Provide both image column and column where caption would be written

CSV2Notion is an advance method to upload & merge *.csv or *.json files with images to Notion database.

It's used under-the-hood to power the Shot Data Toolbox in CommandPost, and MarkersExtractor.

You can learn more here.

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# 1st June 2024

Pinch and a punch for the first day of the month!

There's a great new article to read over at The Film Stage titled Jia Zhangke’s Editor Matthieu Laclau on Shaping Decades of Footage and His Trio of Cannes 2024 Premieres.

You can read it here.

Not mentioned in the article is that Matthieu uses Final Cut Pro. He writes:

Our studio is called CUTTING EDGE FILMS and we collaborate on most of our films. Technically, we setup a very sophisticated collaboration workflow using Hedge Postlab and Apple Final Cut Pro. I know that most feature film editor are cutting with Avid or Premiere, and I used both of them in the past, but we’re not going back... Thanks to FCP, we are really more efficient, faster and even better editors, because we spend more time on the creative part instead of the technical aspect of the job.

Congratulations Matthieu on all your success at Cannes 2024!


Thomas Grove Carter is now a partner at Trim Editing! Woohoo!

Thomas cuts incredible television commercials and music videos in Final Cut Pro.

You can read more about Thomas on our Periodsomnia Case Study here.


If you're on the hunt for a Final Cut Pro Workflow Guru, we can't recommend these two highly enough...

Both Felipe and Isaac are very well known within the Final Cut Pro Community, and have both previously presented at the Final Cut Pro Creative Summit.

Felipe Baez is currently free and available for new projects.

He offers:

  • Consulting for Video Posproduction for Film and TV, workflow architecture, assistant editing, editing services and photography.
  • High performance, high speed cloud storage for those who need to transfer a lot of heavy files. No data limits, no extra charges for traffic.
  • IT Services for SMBs: Proactive system monitoring, network management, hardware-software troubleshooting, cybersecurity, data backup. No IT team? We've got you covered 24/7

You can learn more about Felipe on his website here.

You can follow Felipe on LinkedIn here.

Isaac T. has also just finished up his contract with Hedge, and is open to work as a:

  • Workflow Architect / Strategist
  • Solutions Consultant
  • Technical Writer

You can learn more about Isaac on his website here.

You can follow Isaac on LinkedIn here.


Arctic v24.1.3 is out now with the following fixes:

  • Adds cleanup of stabilization data, grouped with the Optical Flow under the new Data header
  • Simplified accessing the list of missing files
  • Improved behaviour of the updates-available ribbon
  • The External Media popover behaves more nicely now

You can learn more and download Arctic here.


Color Finale Transcoder v2.0 has been announced on the developers blog.

This new update will support Nikon N-RAW and RAW still images.

To quote the website, here’s a closer look at the full feature set:

  • Browse and Select Raw Media: easily navigate your disks to select raw media.
  • Keep Full Metadata: carry over camera metadata for use within the Final Cut Pro.
  • Essential Adjustments: adjust exposure, white balance, and other critical settings for raw media.
  • Waveform Monitoring: verify your adjustments against waveforms for accuracy.
  • Integration with FCP Libraries: add transcoded media directly into FCP libraries—metadata fully preserved.
  • Job Queue Management: efficiently handle multiple transcoding jobs.
  • Preview LUTs: use display LUTs for non-destructive preview of raw footage.
  • Handle Anamorphic Footage: preview anamorphic footage the way it’s meant to be seen.
  • Timeline Playback Without Transcoding: cut BRAW and N-RAW footage directly on the FCP timeline without the need for transcoding.
  • Process Raw Images from Stills: gather sequences of raw frames and export them as videos.
  • Flexible Export: save transcoded files anywhere on local and network disks.
  • Explode Raw Video Files: break raw video files down into individual frames and save them as stills sequences
  • Standalone or Workflow Extension: use Color Finale Transcoder 2.0 independently as a standalone app or as a workflow extension within Final Cut Pro.
  • N-RAW and BRAW Plugins: Transcoder 2.0 comes with two Final Cut Pro plugins that enable N-RAW and BRAW editing without the need for prior transcoding.

There's currently no release date, however if you're an existing user, you can apply to become an early adopter here.

You can read more on the blog post here.


AudioSwift v2.3.8 is currently out in beta!

You can read more about the beta here.

You can read more about how to use AudioSwift with Final Cut Pro here.


Producer's Best Friend v1.4.70 is out now with the following bug fix:

  • Bug fix for calculating marker positions in cases where the clip's frame rate differs from the timeline's frame rate

You can download via the Mac App Store here.


XtoCC v1.2.44 is out now with the following bug fixes:

  • Critical bug fix to alert for .fcpxmld bundles exported incorrectly as a "Final Cut Pro Document" instead of "Final Cut Pro XML Bundle"
  • Bug fix for chapter markers on a transition
  • Bug fix for calculating marker positions in cases where the clip's frame rate differs from the timeline's frame rate

You can download via the Mac App Store here.

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# 16th May 2024

BretFX has released iMovie Maps for Final Cut Pro.

The same animated maps from iMovie, right in Final Cut Pro! With iMovie Maps for Final Cut Pro. This sorely missed iMovie feature is now directly accessible in the titles browser in Final Cut Pro. Display a route across the country, across a continent or around the globe.

You can watch a video explaining here:

You can download and learn more here.


Audio Design Desk v2.0.1 is out now with the following bug fixes:

  • Login error is now handled where you have no name entered into your account. This was blocking the sign in previously. If that was the case for you, please enter your name in the account portal too. Most ADD 1.0 users were missing their name in the account migration to 2.0.
  • Can now check for updates from the login window
  • Adding stems with element markers to triggers from the right click menu can now offer to split into elements. This previously only worked by dragging in files into the triggers table.
  • Trigger clips made from stems with multiple elements could have incorrect sync point when triggered
  • Stems in triggers will now use their first sync marker as a trigger sync point rather than the start of the file

You can download and learn more here.


iZotope RX 11 is out now.

RX 11 takes audio repair and background noise removal to the next level. With cutting-edge machine learning algorithms, new Streaming Preview and Loudness Optimize tools, a completely revamped Dialogue Isolate and Music Rebalance, and an improved Repair Assistant as well as additional ARA support, cleaning up your audio with precision has never been easier.

Unfortunately RX 11 isn't officially supported in Final Cut Pro (although the Audio Units will appear in Final Cut Pro) - however you can use their standalone RX Audio Editor application.

RX 11 does however work in Logic Pro 10.7, Pro Tools 2024, Ableton Live 11-12, Cubase 13, Nuendo 13, Studio One 6, Reaper 7, FL Studio 21, Adobe Audition 2024, Adobe Premiere Pro 2024 and DaVinci Resolve 19.

You can learn more about what's new in this YouTube video:

You can learn more here.

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# 15th May 2024

Builder NLE v4.2.5 is out now with the following bug fix:

  • Critical bug fix for cases where certain media file paths can create FCPXML that cannot be imported into Final Cut Pro

You can download via the Mac App Store here.


Logic Pro 11.0 is out now with a HUGE amount of bug fixes and new features.

You can read the full release notes here.

You can read Apple's Press Release here.

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# 9th May 2024

Color Finale v2.8.1 is out now with the following bug fix:

  • FIXED: Issue causing person mask crashes on older Intel-based Macs with multiple GPUs.

For those that haven't yet updated to v2.8, the big new feature is a Person Masking Tool:

We have introduced a new machine learning-based Person Masking functionality. This advanced tool automatically identifies and isolates human figures within your footage, enabling precise adjustments and effects to be applied directly to people within your scenes without manual roto-scoping. This feature enhances workflow efficiency and precision in post-production editing tasks.

You can learn more here.

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# 8th May 2024

Apple has announced Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 and Final Cut Pro for iPad 2!

There's also a new Final Cut Camera app coming to iPhone & iPad.

  • You can read the official press release here.
  • You can watch the Apple Event on YouTube here.
  • You can read Iain Anderson's thoughts on ProVideo Coalition here.
  • You can watch Matthew O'Brien's reaction on YouTube here.
  • You can watch Richard Taylor's Final Cut TV & Coffee Live Stream here.

The big ticket items for Mac are...

A new Enhance Light and Color effect for the Color Inspector, offering the ability to improve color, color balance, contrast, and brightness in one simple step, and is optimized for SDR, HDR, RAW, and Log-encoded media.

Whilst Final Cut Pro has had a Balance Color tool for a long time, and did a pretty good job at balancing things - it doesn't give you any controls (aside from a White Balance picker), so it's really just a one-click solution where it either works or it doesn't.

It also never really worked well with Log-encoded media.

For me personally, I'm NOT a colourist, I don't enjoy colour grading, and I generally do everything in the Color Board - so this new tool will be HUGELY helpful, and something I've been wanting for many years.

I do a lot of fast-turnaround corporate/advertising edits where there's no time to send to a professional colourist - so this will be a very handy tool to have in the toolbox!

It'll be very interesting to compare to Colourlab AI 3.

Smooth Slo-Mo adds Machine Learning speed effects, which will be very interesting to try out, and see how it compares with Topaz Video AI.

You can now Rename Effects in the Video & Color Inspector! This has something that the Final Cut Pro community have wanted for years - so it's awesome that it's finally coming!

You can also now drag & drop effects from the Inspector to clips on the timeline and the browser! Hopefully this means you'll also be able to drag them into Recall Toolbox or save them using CommandPost's Pasteboard Buffer!

The Timeline Index also got some love and attention, with added columns for Metadata Fields such as Reel, Scene, Camera Angle, etc.

This could be incredibly handy when combined with CommandPost's Timeline Index CSV Export feature!

It also looks like they've finally added a button to toggle the Scrolling Timeline on and off!

Personally, I think this is a really solid update, with some great professional features that I'll be using every day. I'm excited to give it a test run!

The big ticket items for iPad are...

Things are faster on M4:

With M4 on the new iPad Pro, final rendering is up to 2x faster, and editors can take advantage of support for up to 4x more streams of ProRes RAW than with M1.

Live Multicam on Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 allows users to direct and control up to four cameras, providing a director’s view of each live video feed in real time.

Final Cut Pro for iPad now officially supports External Storage - so you can save your Projects & Media on external drives.

There's no information on whether or not you can go from Mac to iPad yet though, so Transfer Toolbox may still be necessary.

There's lots more content:

Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 brings more options to customize projects. Users can dial in their edits with 12 new color-grading presets, choose from eight basic text titles, score with 20 new soundtracks, and add additional dynamic backgrounds to create effect overlays and title sequences.

Interestingly, despite 3rd Party Content being listed as "coming soon" when Final Cut Pro for iPad first launched, there was still no mention of 3rd Party Content coming in this release.

It'll also be interesting to see if any "quality of life" improvements are made in this new version - such as the ability to copy and paste things between Projects.

We're excited to check it out, when it ships later this year:

Pricing and Availability

  • Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 will be available later this spring as a free update for existing users, and available on the App Store for $4.99 (U.S.) per month or $49 (U.S.) per year, with a one-month free trial for new users.
  • Final Cut Camera will be available for free later this spring as a standalone app.
  • Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 will be available as a free update for existing users and for $299.99 (U.S.) for new users on the Mac App Store. All new users can download a free 90-day trial of Final Cut Pro.

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# 7th May 2024

Marker Toolbox v1.3.2 is out now with Frame.io V4 support!

For those Final Cut Pro users using the awesome Frame.io V4 beta, you have most likely noticed that the Frame.io Final Cut Pro Workflow Extension currently doesn't work properly with the beta, and if you try and export a FIOJSON file from the website, it doesn't always work correctly when imported into Final Cut Pro.

For example, if you import a FIOJSON from the website and import it into Final Cut Pro via the Frame.io v2.6.1 Mac App, sometimes Titles will be missing, and there's other inconsistencies between what you see within the Frame.io website, and what gets imported into Final Cut Pro.

Emery Wells writes on ProVideo Coalition:

As a beta, some of the existing Frame.io features may not be initially available, but you can be certain that those features—along with NLE integrations and companion apps—are an element of our forward- looking roadmap.

In the meantime however, Marker Toolbox fills that gap for Final Cut Pro users - as you can export a FIOJSON from the website and import it into Marker Toolbox.

You can learn more about Marker Toolbox here.


Arctic v24.1.2 is out now with the following fixes:

  • Opening settings now remembers the last panel selected
  • Improved handling of offline usage
  • Improved activating directly from the license email

You can learn more and download Arctic here.

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# 6th May 2024

Pictures This... v1.0.6 is out now with the following changes:

  • Improved generation speed by using a new batch scheduler

You can download via the Mac App Store here.


Builder NLE v4.2.4 is out now with the following bug fixes:

  • Critical bug fix for cases where mixed DTD version numbers can create FCPXML that cannot be imported into Final Cut Pro
  • Bug fix to support uppercased XML file extensions

You can download via the Mac App Store here.


Markers Extractor v0.3.6 is out now with the following changes:

New Features:

  • Added Clip Keywords manifest field
  • Added Reel, Scene, Take, Clip In, Clip Out manifest fields
  • Added --use-chapter-marker-thumbnails CLI flag to enable chapter marker thumbnail pins

Bug Fixes:

  • Added better filename sanitation which can avoid failure to generate image files
  • Fixed issue where log file may not be created on disk if its target parent path does not exist

You can download here.

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# 4th May 2024

Apple has released a fun new commercial - cut by Tom Lindsay at Trim Editing in Final Cut Pro.

Enjoy!

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