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Apple Release Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1, Motion 5.4.1 and Compressor 4.4.1

Apple announced last week that all three of their Pro Video Apps would be available for update this Monday. You will need High Sierra to see them, but they are now all available on  the Mac App Store.

It is actually nice to be publishing the news that an update is available with the news about the update already being out! Last week we reported that Apple would be announcing an update to FCPX, Motion and Compressor.

As with all updates, we suggest you don't do this mid project, keep backup copies of Libraries and zip up the old versions of the apps should you need them in the future.

 Here's the 10.4.1 list of new features & bug fixes.

New in Final Cut Pro X 10.4.1

Closed Captions

  • Import caption files into a Final Cut Pro project to automatically create time-synced, connected captions in the timeline
  • See captions directly in the Viewer
  • Use the Inspector to adjust text, color, onscreen location, and timing
  • Create captions in multiple languages and formats in the same timeline
  • Use the new Captions tab in the Timeline Index to search text, select captions, and quickly switch between different versions of your captions
  • Attach captions to audio or video clips in the timeline
  • Extract embedded captions from video to view and edit the captions directly in Final Cut Pro
  • Send your project to Compressor in a single step, making it easy to create a compliant iTunes Store package with audio and video files, captions, and subtitles
  • Validation indicator instantly warns about common errors including caption overlaps, incorrect characters, invalid formatting, and more
  • Embed captions in an exported video file or create a separate caption sidecar file
  • Share captioned videos directly to YouTube and Vimeo
  • Support for CEA-608 and iTT closed caption formats

ProRes RAW

  • Support for ProRes RAW files lets you import, edit, and grade using pristine RAW image data from the camera sensor
  • RAW image data provides ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows
  • Enjoy smooth playback and real-time editing on laptop and desktop Mac computers
  • Highly efficient encoding reduces the size of ProRes RAW files, allowing you to fit more footage on camera cards and storage drives
  • ProRes RAW preserves more of the original image data, making it an ideal format for archiving
  • Work natively with ProRes RAW or ProRes RAW HQ files created by ATOMOS recorders and DJI Inspire 2 drone

Enhanced export

  • The new Roles tab in the share pane displays title, video, and audio roles in a single, consolidated interface
  • Quickly view and choose roles to be included in exported video files
  • Roles settings and enabled/disabled states from the timeline are carried through to the share pane
  • Embed closed captions in a video file or export a separate captions sidecar file in CEA-608 and iTT formats

Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 also includes the following:

360 VR

  • Changing 360° metadata from rectilinear to equirectangular displays the clip’s correct orientation
  • 360° Viewer has a new keyboard shortcut to reset field of view: Control + Option + Command + Delete
  • Command Editor function of “Reset Point of View” is now listed correctly as “Reset Angle”
  • VR headset drop frame warning preferences are honored with a VR headset connected 
  • Stray pixels are no longer visible in high contrast regions of a frame


  • It is easier to create custom project sizes when using accessibility applications as accessibility width and height labels have been added for project properties


  • Volume automation is retained after a retiming effect is applied
  • Quicker display of custom audio effects interface from the audio Inspector tab when using Final Cut Pro in German
  • Correct parameters are displayed in the Inspector when viewing a duplicate audio effect


  • Text in the notes field of the Inspector is saved automatically 
  • Text entered into the notes field in list view in the Browser displays in the Inspector
  • Project thumbnails load correctly when the system is connected to an HDMI display

Color Correction

  • Color wheel sliders retain values at 100 IRE for white and 0 IRE for black, with the ability to move above and below using color correction controls
  • Color board exposure parameters are consistent for Rec. 2020 PQ projects
  • Keyframes are properly maintained when copying and pasting color wheel effects
  • Custom white balance values are pasted correctly in Rec. 2020 HDR libraries
  • View Masks selection displays the mask in the Viewer before color grading parameters are changed


  • Camera LUT is applied correctly to de-interlaced media
  • Fixes an issue in which the playhead jumps to a transition when adjusting the Ken Burns effect
  • Fixes an issue where the Viewer displays black when adjusting a crop or Ken Burns effect using on-screen controls in an Audition clip
  • Fixes an issue where Replicator edges appeared corrupt when exporting or rendering from projects set to Rec. 2020 HLG color space
  • Undo works correctly after a Luma Keyer effect is applied
  • Fixes an issue where a blade edit could reset an effect checkbox


  • MXF Item Signal Standard is set to correct values for AVC Intra, DVCPRO HD, and Uncompressed HD 
  • Fixes an issue where spanned Canon C300 clips are imported as multiple clips
  • Clips over 4GB on FAT32 media cards including Sony and JVC source files are represented as one clip in the Import window and also honor the recorded start and stop points
  • Fixes an issue where certain Sony SxS cards with large files would cause Final Cut Pro to quit unexpectedly
  • XAVC/XDCAM plug-in returns the correct timecode values for BPAV file types
  • Improved performance when stabilizing RED RAW files on iMac Pro
  • Fixes an issue where the folder structure for the Panasonic AU-EVA1 is not recognized
  • Loading spanned JVC XDCAM clips no longer causes Final Cut Pro X to quit unexpectedly
  • Failures while Sharing with AVCHD media now displays the corrupt filename in the error dialog for easier troubleshooting
  • Fixes an issue where, with multiple camera volumes mounted in the Import window, skimming in Filmstrip view displayed the incorrect clip


  • Changing media storage locations from one location to another then back again on NFS storage updates the media links correctly
  • After typing text into an Inspector metadata field, entering text into a second text field works correctly
  • Relink Files button highlights after selection, allowing you to press Enter to commit the command
  • Screen recordings created using QuickTime Player in French or Spanish apply retiming effects correctly when imported into Final Cut Pro
  • Find People and Create Smart Collections After Analysis works correctly
  • Fixes an issue where PSDs with an alpha from Pixelmator appeared cropped in the Viewer


  • Fixes an issue where switching between video scopes and the Angle Viewer or the 360° Viewer causes the Angle Viewer to display incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue where spatial conform causes Multicam clip angles to display incorrectly in the Angle Viewer

Optical Flow

  • Last frame of 100% reversed clip with optical flow retiming renders correctly
  • Optical flow retiming renders correctly on clips with audio that is longer than video
  • Reversed clips with optical flow applied now render in the timeline without requiring analysis on the entire source clip


  • Render bars appear correctly on 29.97i (60 field) clip in a 30p project
  • Background rendering works correctly on 29.97i (60 field) clip in a 30p project


  • 29.97i (60 field) clips in a 30p project export correctly
  • YouTube “Visit” and “Tell a Friend” buttons open video URL correctly

Stability and reliability

  • Fixes an issue in which resetting a gradient control could cause Final Cut Pro to quit unexpectedly
  • Fixes an issue in which quickly switching back and forth between View > Layouts then selecting a color picker could cause Final Cut Pro to quit unexpectedly
  • Fixes an issue in which initiating an undo action after re-arranging roles in the timeline index could Final Cut Pro to quit unexpectedly
  • Improves stability when lifting two adjacent transitions from a Storyline
  • Improves stability when skimming over or importing a corrupted MXF (MPEG-4) file
  • Improves stability when importing a PSD file created in Pixelmator
  • Improves stability when inserting a SxS card into a Sony SxS USB card reader
  • Fixes an occasional hang after adding a title, relaunching Final Cut Pro, and then modifying parameters


  • On screen controls for text in the Viewer are more responsive and properly sync with the Inspector


  • Timecode display no longer skips timecode or frames during processor intensive tasks
  • Rename Clip in the timeline applies to all selected clips


  • Color Balance effect now properly round trips via XML in HDR Libraries
  • Final Cut Pro no longer considers the part of the library name after a period “.” specified as the library location import option in FCPXML as a file extension.

New in Motion 5.4.1

ProRes RAW

  • Support for ProRes RAW files lets you design motion graphics using pristine RAW image data from the camera sensor
  • Enjoy smooth playback and real-time graphics creation on laptop and desktop Mac computers
  • Work natively with ProRes RAW or ProRes RAW HQ files created by ATOMOS recorders and DJI Inspire 2 drone

Motion 5.4.1 also includes the following:


  • Glyphs no longer clip at the cube faces in a 360° project when a font size is increased using Font Size, Face:Blur, Outline:Blur, Glow: Blur, Drop Shadow: Blur, and Drop Shadow: Scale
  • Moving filters from a layer to an environment in a 360° projects produces consistent results
  • Reorient filter applied to the 360° environment displays correctly
  • Fixes an issue in which the output of a 360° reorient filter applied to a 360° environment sourced from a clone could appear tiled

Drop Zone

  • Fixes an issue in which drop zone dimensions could change after undo/redo actions
  • Fixes an issue in which crop parameters persist after a drop zone is unchecked
  • Empty drop zone pan and scale parameters are saved
  • Duplicate drop zones automatically publish image wells

Stability and Reliability

  • Improves stability when loading a plain text file into a file text generator
  • Fixes an issue in which changing transform using onscreen controls could cause a jump in scale after the pivot has been altered
  • Fixes an issue in which the tracker could stop working after performing analysis on a stabilize behavior
  • Fixes an issue in which generators could become clipped when rotated on Y axis
  • Fixes an issue in which Align To occasionally disconnected from a target object
  • Fixes an issue in which pan does not reset after each drop of a new source


  • Text style pop-up no longer appears blank when clicking between a text object and Inspector tabs
  • Fixes an application hang when using rotation on screen controls after a Sequence Text is applied

User Interface

  • Frame rates of 100fps or 120fps display three digits for frames
  • Heads Up Display color well settings load correctly
  • Fixes an issue in which moving onscreen controls go beyond the Viewer boundary when working with non-square aspect ratio media
  • Lighter canvas background makes the canvas edges more visible
  • Fixes an issue where Tooltips persisted after upgrading to High Sierra


New in Compressor 4.4.1

  • Import, view, adjust, and deliver closed captions in either iTT or CEA-608 format
  • Support for multiple Closed caption languages and formats in an iTunes Store package
  • Embed captions in an exported video file or create a separate caption sidecar file
  • Share captioned videos directly to YouTube and Vimeo
  • Include audio description files in any iTunes Store package


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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