Along with the release of macOS 11 “Big Sur”, Apple released an update for its Pro editing software Final Cut Pro and abolished the X. The new version is now simply called Final Cut Pro 10.5.
Apple is in the process of migrating its Mac computers to Apple Silicon. Last Tuesday, the company released three Mac models that run on its self-developed, integrated ARM-based "M1" chips instead of discrete Intel CPUs. Because of this tectonic shift, apps need to be rewritten and tweaked to run efficiently on these new and future computers.
Final Cut Pro 10.5 can run on Apple Silicon M1 Macs
Final Cut Pro 10.5 Release Notes
Aside from a new MacOS Big Sur-style "Squircle" icon, there isn't much new under the sun:
- Improved performance and efficiency on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
- Accelerated machine learning analysis for Smart Conform with the Apple Neural Engine on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
- Option to make a copy of your library and automatically transcode media to ProRes Proxy or H.264 at various resolutions.
There is also a list of bug fixes and improvements. I would like to mention one of them at this point. "Fixes an issue where LUTs were not available in optimized clips or proxy clips". This has been bothering me for weeks and it's good to see that it's fixed.
The pro video formats 2.3 have also been updated. Final Cut Pro users can download it from the Software Update feature in System Preferences. One point struck me:
"Includes built-in support for decoding and playback of Avid DNxHR® and Avid DNxHD®."
This is a big deal for people who need to work with this codec.
Apple Compressor 4.5 update
Compressor & Movement
Both Companion apps for Final Cut Pro have also received an Apple silicon makeover and a new icon: Motion was found at version 5.5 and Compressor at 4.5.
Apple Motion 5.5 update
I was expecting more and exciting features, but rebuilding a huge, performance-hungry app like Final Cut Pro for a whole new architecture is no mean feat. It's probably been keeping the Pro Apps team busy for the past few months.
It will be interesting to see how Final Cut Pro works on M1-equipped machines, and even more exciting when more powerful machines with Apple's new architecture come out next year.
When it was released in June 2011, I remember Apple having in mind a 10-year roadmap for Final Cut Pro that, in theory, would end in 2021. After this update I am confident that this road does not end at all. Maybe we'll see a huge Final Cut Pro 11 (?) Update in June 2021? Ten years after the (re) launch of Final Cut Pro (X).
Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, and Apple Compressor are available from the App Store.
Are you using Final Cut Pro? What do you think of the update in combination with "Apple Silicon"? Take a look at Final Cut Pro if you're not currently using it? (A free trial is available.)