Apple Announces Final Cut Pro X Version 10.4.4

Apple Announces Final Cut Pro X Version 10.4.4

Today, Apple has released the latest version of their video editing software, Final Cut Pro X, with some intriguing new features and improvements.

Today's updates brings several new features for video editing professionals.

Workflow Extensions

Workflow extensions allow users to use third-party apps and services all within the FCP X interface. In addition to extending the capabilities of the application, extensions will match the look of the native application and offer strong integration, including features like playback synchronization and more. Extensions will be available to download for free from the Mac App Store starting today, with more added in the future. 

The Shutterstock workflow extension.

One such extension is Frame.io, which enables enhanced collaborative features directly in FCP X, including drag and drop sharing of media, timestamped comments that sync with the app's timeline, "Presence" (which allows one to see when and where someone is watching video), and more. Shutterstock has also introduced their own workflow extension, which provides a full stock media experience inside the program. As part of a release promotion, new users of the extension will get hundreds of free assets for their usage.

Additional Features

  • Batch sharing: Users can now export multiple clips and/or projects in a single step. 
  • Comparison Viewer: This allows users to references images or clips while color grading to help ensure consistent style.
  • Floating timecode window: This customizable, resizable display can shows color-coded clip names, roles, project and source timecodes, and more, making it easier for those watching to follow along.
  • Video noise reduction: FCP X now includes adjustable drag and drop video noise reduction. 
  • SRT Captioning: Users can create closed captioning in SRT format or burn them onto the video if needed.

Motion 5.4.2

Apple has also updated Motion, the accompanying motion graphics app. The update adds a set of color grading functions, including color wheels, color curves, hue/saturation curves, and custom LUTs, matching the color correction features in FCP X. The app also gains new filters, including a Comic effect for turning images and videos into comic book-esque illustrations and a tiny planet filter that can transform 360-degree video into the popular stereographic projections. This feature will allow keyframing as well. 

Compressor 4.4.2

The big news for Compressor, the accompanying encoding app, is that it's now using a 64-bit engine, enabling it to use all the memory in a user's Mac for better performance. Nonetheless, it retains 32-bit codec capabilities for legacy formats. It also gains SRT closed captioning support. 

Availability

The new versions of Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor are available on the Mac App Store as free updates for existing users. New users can purchase Final Cut Pro X for $299.99 and Motion and Compressor for $49.99 each. Education users can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for $199.99, which includes all three apps as well as Logic Pro X and MainStage. 

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6 Comments

Craig Beckta's picture

Thanks for the heads up Alex, I am updating it right now.

Tested out Batch Export and Frame.io integration, worked flawlessly. One concern that came up tho, that looks to be more a future macOS scare than just FCPX, is this "Legacy Media" post:

https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT209000

I'm reading now this may be Apple continuing their move to 64bit everything so older 32bit codecs may not work on future macOS updates.

Jon Wolding's picture

Did FCPX fix the project browser's column layout bug that keeps forcing the default column layout no matter how many times you've saved your custom workspace?

If yes, then I have half a mind to update today before I'm done with my current edit...

I have not updated yet but you are the first person I have seen mention this! I HATE this bug. It’s the most annoying thing when sorting media in FCPX. More people should be talking about this!

Mike Bartoszek's picture

So few and far between, I'm glad to finally see something FCPX related on here...again.