The biggest Apple news of 2020 was the start of the transition of the Mac to Apple silicon. Alex Gollner writes about how the transition might go over the next two years. Tell us what you think in the comments below!
We seem to be so close to coupling two Apple technologies together to achieve something really cool. But at the moment, they are miles apart.
Rounding out 2020, Apple made the first move in its transition from Intel to Arm-based Apple silicon processors. The MacBook Air, the 13” MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini are the first Macs to feature the new chip.
As we celebrate the end of 2020, it is time to look back at the highlights in the world of Final Cut over the last 12 months. It was a year of a flurry of software updates from the Final Cut team plus many hardware updates from Apple. It also saw an acceleration of editors working remotely and big improvements to the hardware and software of video production.
We thought it wouldn't take long before updates were released to the Apple Silicon compatible Pro Apps. Final Cut Pro and Compressor get an extra feature and stability improvements. Big Sur and iMovie get some love too. We also have a new Apple Wsupport article on sharing.
It's been a week since the new M1 silicon Macs were announced. The reviews are starting to come in, so we thought we would list the ones we thought had done a good job.
The keynote speaker has been announced, the week's schedule is almost full of great sessions and Apple will present live. Have you got your ticket for the 2020 FCPX Virtual Global Summit yet? (There is a code!)
Today Apple has updated all the pro video and audio apps. Final Cut Pro updates 10.5, Motion to 5.5 and Compressor to 4.5. A few new features for FCP, but all will now run on Apple silicon! We list ALL the new features.
No surprise here as Apple said in its event on Monday that Thursday was going to be Big Sur day. It's out, should you upgrade?
Well, we were not disappointed as today Apple announced the first Apple Silicon Macs. We also got a release date for the new MacOS Big Sur.
We are two weeks away from the FCPX Global Virtual Summit. On the Thursday, all Apple presentations will be streamed live from Apple Park.
Apple has announced a special event next Tuesday entitled 'One More Thing'. Will we see a range of new silicon Macs? Will we see a new version of Final Cut Pro X?
We have just had an email from FMC with an update including the announcement of the first speakers for the online conference. This year's FCPX Global Virtual Summit looks like it will again have a high quality set of sessions during the week.
It's update time for the Pro Apps today. No new features, just bug fixes for all three and a few tweaks to iMovie.
These are challenging times, so it comes as no surprise that Future Media Conferences has moved the entire FCPX Creative Summit online this year. The new FCPX Global Virtual Summit will now be online in November.
Disaster has struck. After 8 years of hard use, my faithful original retina screen 15 inch MacBook Pro decided it had had enough. What will replace it?
Today Apple has released an update to Final Cut Pro X to 10.4.9. It brings new proxies, proxy relinking, media management and more. Also an update to Motion gives the ability to import 3D models- Wow!
Oliver Peters puts the new 27 inch iMac through its paces. How does it compare to an iMac Pro and what was the benchmark test that it scored better on?
What is inside the new 2020 refreshed 27 inch iMac? We know the RAM can be upgraded, but what about the other components?
Hot on the heels of the iPhone shot The Princess Bride, Apple has entered the non-landscape video publishing market with 'The Stunt Double' a vertical video from Academy Award® winning director Damien Chazelle. Well worth a watch. Vertically of course.
In Live Show 13 we talked about WWDC and what that means for the Pro Apps (including Final Cut Pro X) running on the new Arm-based processors. We have seen there's a new FCPX, Motion and Compressor coming - what else do we know? Don't miss Jace Sparks talk about future API's for FCPX!
Where were you this time last year? We were waiting to go into WWDC to see the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR for the first time. This year? Nobody is attending, but we do have the Keynote livestream. Will we see the beginning of the transition from Intel to Arm-based processors?
Whilst we were perusing the specs for a new MacBook Pro, we noticed that there is now a more powerful graphics card option. There's also a new customer SSD upgrade kit for the Mac Pro.
For two days, there are free sessions running at Post Production World Online that are dedicated to the Apple ecosystem for filmmakers. To watch, all you have to do is register!
Aimed at those who might have more time on their hands and want to learn new skills, or editors who need to work from home, Apple has extended the free trial period for Final Cut Pro X and made a free trial for Logic Pro X.
The Banker is a film staring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nia Long, and Nicholas Hoult. In theatres now and available on AppleTV+ shortly, it was shot on film and edited in Final Cut Pro X. Oliver Peters talks to the producer and editor, Joel Viertel.
Today Apple has announced that the 15 inch MacBook Pro range has been replaced by the new 16 inch MacBook Pro. It gets a bigger screen, new keyboard, new sound system, better GPU and larger storage capacity. We take if for an early test drive with some 8K 60FPS ProRes RAW footage in HDR in FCPX!
We are looking forward to the release of the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR. We now know more about the release date and have more information on both.
I'm sat at the airport waiting for a plane out of San Francisco, so this gives me time to reflect on the 2019 FCPX Creative Summit. What was it like and was it worth it?
We welcome Oliver Peters to FCP.co and his first post is a cracker! Oliver interviews Steve Bayes, who up until last year was the Final Cut Pro X product manager. They talk about the FCPX development process, squashing bugs, the now infamous launch, why ProRes was needed and of course the future of video production. A rare opportunity to get some historical background information about FCPX - Essential reading!
In this article, Sam Mestman looks at each Apple product that can shoot or edit, indicates its place for filmmaking and also tells us which models he recommends. If you re thinking of buying a new Mac, iPad or iPhone, this is for you!
Brad Olsen, the producer of the FCPX film 'Off the Tracks' has announced that an abridged version will be available on YouTube at 8PM tonight (BST) Midday PDT. We have embedded the video so that it's ready to watch!
Well, you can't knock Apple at the moment when it comes to upgrading the hardware. Hot on the heels of the 8 core MacBook Pro is an update to the MacBook Air and 13 inch entry level MacBook Pro.
Want to know the latest news about the FCPX Creative Summit? Felipe Baez hosted three guests live on YouTube to talk about what we know and what we might see at the Summit. (Especially from Apple!)
We are very pleased to announce that FCP.co will be reporting from WWDC in San Jose next week. In fact we will be at the Keynote presentation and the State of the Union presentation. We can’t wait!
Apple today announced speed bumps to the 15" and 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro models, including an 8 core model for the first time. The keyboards get an update as well, but the prices for the models remain the same. They have also announced extra repair cover for existing models with butterfly keyboard mechanisms.
Not an update to the Pro Apps, but great news from six third-party companies who have announced that their products will support ProRes RAW. A year on, the video format is gaining traction!
Today Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X to 10.4.6, Motion to 5.4.3 and Compressor to 4.4.4. Apart from converting incompatible media formats, this looks like a big set of bug fixes. iMovie gets an update too!
The first day of Spring, but time to cast your mind back to January. The LACPUG had a special night where Apple and Frame.io presented the new features of 10.4.4 to the audience. The video of the presentation has just gone live!
Possibly one of our shortest ever articles, today Apple updated Compressor to version 4.4.3. Just one thing added, support for ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ
MacOS Mojave was released on Monday and one of its lesser publicised features is easier external GPU support. Michael P Schmidt burnt the midnight oil testing out an eGPU with Final Cut Pro X. Prepare for a performance boost!
On June the 4th at WWDC this year, Apple gave us a glimpse of their new Mac operating system, 10.14 or Mojave. It has been released today, you can download and install it now.
We have been to the previous three and can tell you first hand, if you are interested in Final Cut Pro X, this isthe event of the year to attend.
Two new exciting hardware releases, Apple announce 2018 MacBook Pros with speed bumps & 32GB of RAM and Blackmagic release an accompanying eGPU to accelerate professional software.
Apple gave us a 7th birthday present with a minor Final Cut Pro X update. 10.4.3 is mainly a bug fix including a correction for the 25 FPS MXF problem.
Where were you seven years ago today? We were huddled over a laptop scratching our heads looking at Final Cut Pro 10.0. Things have changed a lot since then and now we have a stable, mature NLE that competitors are having to copy.
We now know the name of the new macOS that should be released later this year. At Apple's World Wide Developer Conference in San Jose California, macOS Mojave was introduced and its got a great 'dark mode' that will work well with the Pro Apps.
Apple has announced that updates of Final Cut Pro X to 10.4.1, Motion to 5.4.1 andCompressor to 4.4.1 will be available as free upgrades on Monday April 9th 2018.
Two big new features for FCPX are Closed Captions and the ability to use the new ProRes RAW codecs.
Apple also announced that 2017 was FCPX's best year with over 500,000 new seats being sold, bringing the total tally of seats sold to over 2.5 million since launch.
It has been a few weeks since the event, but we are very pleased to be able to publish the full FCPX & Motion presentation that Apple gave at the LACPUG meeting in Los Angeles on January 14th.
Apple has made a big point of mentioning their continuing support of the ‘Pro User’ over the last six months. We understand, but the best way they will target new pro users is by officially attending the two big trade shows of the year.
The updates we have been waiting for are finally here. We take a look a the new features of Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor and put the software through some tests. We publish information on the new features, the test results, the recommendations and the gotchas.
Will the Kaby Lake version of the new MacBook Pro impress the editor of the site enough to get the company credit card out? Will FCPX get a performance boost? You will have to read to find out!
Technology is moving fast, so fast that a French company has built a complete 'shoot, edit and send' newsgathering app for the iPhone. Send the finished story from location, or send the bits back to base to open up in FCPX for finishing.
The last few World Wide Developers Conferences have been a bit 'meh'. Not so for today's 2017 conference from San Jose. A new macOS, Kaby Lake updates to the MacBook lineup, talk of an FCPX update and of course the announcement of the awesome new iMac Pro.
Apple has released an update to Final Cut Pro X. 10.3.4 is now available on the Mac App Store. No new features, just bug fixes.
In the first of our publications of the video presentations from the LumaForge Faster Together Stage, Michael Cioni talks about his and our relationships with Apple's products. A great 40 minutes of truth and observations. Grab a coffee, this is well worth watching and will get a lot of views.
Two bits of good news. 3D and VR plugin developer Tim Dashwood has joined Apple. Not only is that good news for FCPX users, he has also made his existing plugin products free.
It is over 1200 days since Apple launched the 'Can't innovate anymore my ass' Mac Pro. Over the last 24 hours, there has been widespread reporting of Apple's decision to end the life of the cylinder and reinvent the Mac Pro. The bad news is the new model won't be available this year.
A developing story, but software developer Wes Plate has joined Apple as a Product Designer, with the Pro Apps team we are assuming.
Apple has announced a discounted bundle of Pro Apps for educational users. Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3 are available for just $199.99 for educational use.
A round of updates to the Pro Apps for January. All three video applications get bug fixes and one very important change of behaviour in Final Cut Pro X 10.3.2.
If you have been watching the recent videos from the events we have covered here on FCP.co, you will have noticed that the official Apple presentations have not been published - Until now. Grab a coffee a watch what we haven't been able to show since the FCPX Creative Summit!
We have had a week to put the new MacBook Pros through their paces. What better task than to send the 13” and 15” inch to work straight out of the box on a real broadcast editing job. Were they fast? What about connectivity? How is the Touch bar in actual use? How will the integrated GPU on the 13 inch compare to a discreet GPU on the 15? Let’s find out.
If you are in Los Angeles, or have been meaning to be in Los Angeles and you love Final Cut Pro X, you will want to be at the Gallery Theater at Barnsdall Art Park Nov. 30th.
A couple of weeks on from the second FCPX Creative Summit and Patrick Southern takes time for a personal look back at what he calls 'The best weekend vacation one could ask for in 2016.'
We had the pleasure of attending the Special Event on the Apple Campus and we were not disappointed. We also got to test out the Touch Bar with Final Cut Pro X!
An Apple event has been announced for next Thursday October the 27th. We will be reporting on new Macs and maybe the release of an update to Final Cut Pro X.
Last week, Apple announced new peripherals for the Mac. In this article, Ken Doe takes a look at the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2.
Rick Young caught up with Walter Murch right after the SuperMeet in Amsterdam. He starts off with a question about Final Cut Pro X...
It might be a quieter holiday week the USA, but Apple has kicked out a range of updated products today. Retina iMacs right down to a new magic mouse.
Today September 30th, Apple will publish the latest version of their OS X operating system, El Capitan. For Final Cut Pro X users, there are a few things to think about before hitting that upgrade button.
Were you one of the ones from Europe that wanted to go to the FCPX Creative Summit because of the Apple presentation, but couldn't make it? Looks like the show might be coming across the pond for IBC 2015 in Amsterdam.
There was a time when Apple's World Wide Developers Conference got no media coverage apart from dedicated Apple news websites. Now the annual event from the Moscone Centre gets airtime on national news. So what was announced that is relevant to Final Cut Pro X and editors?
An update to FCPX brings native MXF import, editing and export along with bug fixes. Who says that Apple are not supporting pro users and broadcasters?
It might look like a few bug fixes, but an OS X update is still an update. Have they fixed the Wifi issues we wonder?
Want to export a section from a clip (or clips) out of FCPX for use in another application? ClipExporter 2 is now live, new features and it's back on the Mac App Store. Thomas Szabo explains all.
We were not really interested in the new iPad Air or paying with a thumbprint, but Apple's presentation brought a stunning new 5K screened iMac, an updated Mac mini and the release of the new OS Yosemite.
The App Store will begin to accept videos to demo games or applications and these visual references will be the first media that potential buyers see when browsing the store. Apple has published an article with best practices on how to record your iPhone screen and then edit in FCPX. Some Final Cut Pro X knowledge base articles get an update too.
We got excited when the Apple Store went down, no not an FCPX update, but a new Mac. Apple has released a new entry level iMac.
During a rather lengthy presentation of just under two hours, the new OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 were centre stage. No FCPX and no new hardware on show, but lots of new software features.
Apple's big showcase for new hardware and software is the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco that starts on Monday the 2nd of June. So what do we expect? Yosemite OS X anybody?
In the recent 10.9.3 update to Mavericks, it was mentioned in the details about improved 4K display for certain Mac models. A Knowledge Base article reveals all.
It's been a week of tutorials here on FCP.co and we thought that we would end it with a great Motion demo from Doug Suiter. Want to fly around a webpage? Now you can.
In a very 'non-Apple' move, Apple has opened up their Mavericks OS X Beta to everybody. Now all users can test out the software and report bugs to Apple before its release.
JMR is a company that we haven't really heard of before, they are normally associated with a wide range of high capacity storage products. What got our attention at NAB 2014 was their new Mac Pro mounting brackets. Apologies for the spelling too.
Want to secure your precious Mac Pro into a rack? Then this is one way to do it with the new Sonnet xMac Pro Server. Want to expand with PCIe cards too? No problem. Want two Mac Pros in the same rack...
Do you think that the Mac Pro's case is a bit dull? These new wrap-around stickers based on famous painters will brighten up any edit suite or desk.
It's been unboxed, boxed up, driven down motorways, plugged into Xsans, ISIS and numerous Thunderbolt drives. We have spent a lot of time with the new Mac Pro running FCP 10.1, so what are our long term findings?
We continue with the series on the new Mac Pro. Episode three and the boys are testing out the FCPX performance on the shiny new Mac Pro.
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One we have been keeping our eye on for the release, the new Final Cut Pro X 10.1 Professional Post Production book is out in Kindle & Ebook format. Authored by Brendan Boykin and published by Peachpit, this book follows a whole project through from start to finish.
To be honest with you, we got nervous just watching this video. However, should you want to change the processor in the new Mac Pro or just get an idea of what's in the tube, this is a great 12 minute watch.
Just as we were packing up for the day, we got permission to embed the FCPX demo reel from the recent FCPWORKS event that was held in Los Angeles over the weekend.
30 years ago today Steve Jobs let a revolutionary computer introduce itself to the world. We have been counting the days down to this moment since the new Mac Pro arrived in the office.
It's a great headline, but the facts are there to back it up. At a recent meeting at the Digital Cinema Society, Neil Smith from LumaForge gave us more information on that film...
Less than a month after the huge feature packed 10.1 update, Apple has released Final Cut Pro 10.1.1. No new features, just bug fixes and stability improvements.
No more testing in the office, we took the Mac Pro on the road for a real outside broadcast TV job. This was cutting on the front line. So just how did the Mac Pro perform? You will be in for a very short surprise.
It's been an pretty packed year for FCPX and Apple news. We take a look back at the big stories of 2013, the great user profiles, the new products that were released, the trade shows and of course the year ending big software and hardware updates.
The first in a series of tutorial videos about the FCPX 10.1 updates, we kick off with a look at Libraries and how they have changed the way media is organised.
So much news in under a week. Within a thirty minute window starting at 8:30 GMT on Thursday the 19th of December, Apple updated FCPX, Motion & Compressor and also released the new Mac Pro to the world.
It's been twenty four hours since we started to use the new Mac Pro with Final Cut Pro 10.1. We thought we would post our initial findings on the hardware, the software and the combination of the two. We also publish a jaw dropping video showing just how many effects you can apply to a RED 4K clip without frame dropping. A must watch!
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