Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7 with Significant Performance Improvements

October 8th, 2019 Jump to Comment Section 8
Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7 with Significant Performance Improvements

After the release of macOS 15 Catalina, Apple has also updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.4.7. Most of the changes in this new version are under the hood. Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7 is widely optimized for the new OS and the yet-to-come new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. Let’s take a closer look at it!


Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7 is optimized for the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. Image credit: Apple

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7 Update

The new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR were announced back in June, and it looks like Apple has started to upgrade all its software – including macOS with the release of macOS 15 Catalina – to fully support these new beasts of hardware. The Cupertino-based giant just announced a new update to its non-linear editor Final Cut Pro X, which has been in the market for eight years now.

If you are looking for ground-breaking features in this new Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7 update, let’s face it, you’ll be disappointed. Indeed, most of the changes in the NLE are under the hood. If you are a regular FCP X user, you will see performance improvements thanks to a new processing engine that is Metal-based. This new Metal processing engine will improve playback speeds as well as rendering/compositing/real-time effects/exporting tasks and so on. If you are using a 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple claims a performance improvement of 20 percent, while iMac Pro users will see gains up to 35 percent.


15-inch MacBook Pro users will benefit from performance improvements up to 20 percent faster with Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7. Image credit: Apple

Good news for users that needs a lot of power; Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7 now supports multiple GPUs, including the shiny Radeon Pro Vega II and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo of the new Mac Pro. Also, it supports up to 28 CPU cores, so if you are using an iMac Pro or the new Mac Pro, you’ll benefit from all the extra cores.

Here is a quick summary of all the other improvements in this Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7 update:

  • Final Cut Pro works with the new Sidecar feature of macOS Catalina. This feature enables you to extend your Mac workspace by using an iPad as a second display. Sidecar works with FCP X.
  • FCP X 10.4.7 can use the Afterburner card to vastly improve playback performances when working with ProRes and ProRes RAW.
  • You can connect up to three Pro Display XDR monitors to the Mac Pro (if you have deep pockets). Two for the FCP X interface and one for monitoring purposes. Also, you can use the Pro Display XDR to edit and grade HDR video content. If you are not using the Pro Display XDR, it is possible to view HDR footage tone-mapped to compatible SDR displays when using Final Cut Pro on macOS Catalina.
  • On the HDR side, you can grade HDR footage with enhanced color mask and range isolation tools.
  • Something we have been waiting for a long-time: select which internal or external GPU is used to accelerate graphics processing.

At the same time, Apple has also updated Motion to version 5.4.4 and Compressor to version 4.4.5 along with FCP X. The improvements to both software are identical to the ones of FCP X.


You can use up to three Pro Display XDR units connected to Mac Pro. Image credit: Apple

Pricing and Availability

Final Cut Pro X 10.4.7, Motion 5.4.4, and Compressor 4.4.5 are available today as a free update for all existing users. If you don’t have a license yet, you can download it on the Mac App Store for $299.99. It’s kind of amazing that Apple has never ever charged for FCPX updates so far.

Do you use Final Cut Pro X, or did you made the switch to Avid, DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere or another NLE? Are you waiting for the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR to come out? Let us know in the comments!

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