Apple Final Cut Pro 10.5 Update Released

Apple Final Cut Pro 10.5 Update Released

Together with the release of macOS 11 “Big Sur” Apple released an update to its pro editing software Final Cut Pro and does away with the X, so 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 in-house designed, integrated ARM-based “M1” chips rather than discrete Intel CPUs. Because of this tectonic shift apps need to be rewritten and optimized to run efficiently on these new computers and the ones to follow.

Final Cut Pro 10.5 Update
Final Cut Pro 10.5 is fit for running on Apple Silicon M1 Macs

Final Cut Pro 10.5 Release Notes

Aside from a new macOS Big Sur-style “squircle” icon, there is not much new under the sun:

  • Improved performance and efficiency on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
  • Accelerated machine learning analysis for Smart Conform using the Apple Neural Engine on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
  • Option to create a copy of your library and automatically transcode media to ProRes Proxy or H.264 at various resolutions.

There is also a list of bugfixes and improvements. One of which I want to mention at this point. “Fixes an issue in which LUTs were not available in optimized or proxy clips”. This one has bugged me for weeks now and it’s good to see it fixed.

The Pro Video Formats 2.2 have also been updated. Final Cut Pro users can download it via the “Software Update” functionality in System Preferences. One item caught my eye:

“Includes built-in support for Avid DNxHR® and Avid DNxHD® decoding and playback.”

This is a big thing for folks that need to work with this codec.

Apple Compressor 4.5 Update
Apple Compressor 4.5 Update

Compressor & Motion

Both companion-apps to Final Cut Pro have also received an Apple silicon rework and got a new icon: Motion was bumped to version 5.5 and Compressor to 4.5.

Apple Motion 5.5 Update
Apple Motion 5.5 Update

Conclusion

I was expecting more and exciting features, but re-engineering a huge, performance-hungry app like Final Cut Pro for a completely new architecture is no small feat. It probably kept the Pro Apps Team busy during the last couple of months.

It’s going to be interesting how Final Cut Pro will perform on “M1”- equipped machines and even more exciting when beefier machines with Apple’s new architecture come out next year.

When it was released in June of 2011, I remember Apple stating that it had a 10-year roadmap for Final Cut Pro in mind, which would theoretically end in 2021. After this update, I’m confident that this road is not at its end at all. Maybe we’ll see a huge Final Cut Pro 11(?) update in June 2021? Ten years after Final Cut Pro (X) was (re-)launched.

Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion, and Apple Compressor are available on the App Store.

Are you using Final Cut Pro? What do you think of the update in combination with “Apple Silicon”? Will you take a look at Final Cut Pro, if you are not currently using it? (There is a free trial version available.)

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Ian Hunter
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10 days ago

Why is there no FCP app for use on iPad Pro?!

Florian Gintenreiter
Florian Gintenreiter
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9 days ago
Reply to  Ian Hunter

I’m asking myself that same question. That would be awesome. I’m sure in some lab at Apple there is an FCP running on iOS. But since the Desktop-Version now IS essentially compatible with iPad CPUs…

Bo Lorentzen
Bo Lorentzen
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10 days ago

Love using FCPx Couple thoughts.

Why do it seem FCPx updates are designed to push you over the edge and reluctantly update the MacOS ;-)

As a spherical content developer – I really wish Apple would apply some Apple magic pixel dust to the spherical content process, ambisonic audio import and export and tracking of audio sources in 360stereo projects. just saying.

Florian Gintenreiter
Florian Gintenreiter
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9 days ago
Reply to  Bo Lorentzen

“Why do it seem FCPx updates are designed to push you over the edge and reluctantly update the MacOS ;-)” — it might seem that way, but I think it’s mainly because they always use new APIs that require the most modern OS. Maybe I’d think differently (pun intended) If they had bad adoption rates of their new OS versions, or if they’d charge for the updates.

Ian Taylor
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11 days ago

What Steve Jobs taught Apple. “It’s ok to fail.” -Jobs

Last edited 11 days ago by Ian Taylor
Walter Vargas
Walter Vargas
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10 days ago
Reply to  Ian Taylor

And the current FCP does just that.

I’ve tried hard to like it several times. It just sucks.

Florian Gintenreiter
Florian Gintenreiter
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9 days ago
Reply to  Walter Vargas

I do know a bit about editing since I started editing on AVID in 1993 and cut on most professional NLEs out there, including Media Composer, Symphony, AVID DS, Old Premiere, New Premiere, Lightworks, Media 100, FCP classic, Vegas – you name it. FCP(X) is (a bit) different than other NLEs, but when you got used to it, editing in anything else feels like you have one hand tied behind your back. FCP(X) has an installed user-base larger than all other NLEs combined. So that’s hardly a “fail” in my book. Sure most of them are YouTubers and “Amateurs”, but that’s true for other NLEs, too. There is software out there that really “sucks” — no doubt — but if you think it’s FCP that sucks, I’m pretty sure you never properly learned it.

Cyril Thiry
Cyril Thiry
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11 days ago

Hello, super fcp 10.5 and OS big S… fx plug Lut from storepixelfilmsstudios s’ not working…any solutions ?

Florian Gintenreiter
Florian Gintenreiter
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10 days ago
Reply to  Cyril Thiry

Wait for pixel film to fix their software

Raphael Brand
Raphael Brand
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11 days ago

Hi,

I cannot seem to find Pro Video Formats 2.3?
just 2.2

Florian Gintenreiter
Florian Gintenreiter
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11 days ago
Reply to  Raphael Brand

Oh sorry that seems to be a mistake in the article. 2.2 is correct

Joe Mariano
Joe Mariano
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12 days ago

I can now export in HEVC in this new version. I’m not sure if that’s because I have Compressor also, but it’s there under the 4K export setting.

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