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.

With Big Sur out, it wasn't going to be long before the pro apps got their huge dual binary update so they could run on the new Apple silicon. 

Final Cut Pro 10.5

  • 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.
  • Export HLG high-dynamic-range projects with Dolby Vision 8.4 metadata for optimized playback on Apple devices.
  • Fixes an issue in which LUTs were not available in optimized or proxy clips.
  • Improves appearance of HDR thumbnails in the browser and timeline.
  • Improves reliability when previewing built-in sound effects in the browser.
  • Fixes an issue in which audio waveforms would not update in the inspector after adding a filter or making a volume change.
  • Fixes an issue in which chapter markers were not available when sharing.
  • Improves reliability when creating proxy media from non-square pixel interlaced clips.
  • Improves stability when applying stabilization and color balance during import.
  • Fixes an issue in which audio sync could drift when retiming clips.
  • Improves reliability with Social Media content positioning when using Smart Conform to switch between vertical and horizontal frame sizes.
  • Improves reliability when using onscreen Crop controls in the viewer.
  • Fixes an issue in which copying stills between libraries would result in duplicate files.
  • Includes built-in support for Avid DNxHR® and Avid DNxHD® decoding and playback.

Motion 5.5

  • Improved performance and efficiency for Macs with for Apple silicon

Compressor 4.5

  • Improved performance and efficiency for Macs with for Apple silicon

Pro Video Formats 2.2

  • Built-in support for Avid DNxHR® and Avid DNxHD® decoding and playback.

That's the video apps covered, here's the list of new features in the audio apps.

GarageBand 10.4

  • A refined new design on macOS Big Sur
  • Customization of region colors in tracks
  • 1800 new Apple Loops in a variety of genres including Hip-Hop, Chill Rap, Future Bass, New Disco, Bass House, and more
  • 190 new instrument patches
  • 50 new vintage and modern drum kits

Logic Pro 10.6

  • Step Sequencer control using Logic Remote on your iPad or iPhone to create beats, bass lines, and melodic parts
  • Supports all Novation Launchpad controllers including the Launchpad Pro MkIII, and no longer requires turning the device 90-degrees to align with the Live Loops grid layout.
  • Stability and performance improvements

Logic Remote 1.5

  • Step Sequencer control using your iPad or iPhone to create beats, bass lines, and melodic parts
  • Support for keyboard commands when using a Smart Keyboard or Bluetooth keyboard
  • Stability and performance improvements

MainStage 3.5


  • Ability to create and perform sophisticated multi-sampled instruments using a drag and drop workflow
  • A new modern design for synthesis, mapping and zone editing in a single window interface
  • Integrated zone editor for detailed control over start, end and loop points
  • Mapping editor for fast and flexible assignment of samples across the keyboard
  • Flex Time integration with Sampler, allowing sounds to be played at the same length, regardless of pitch
  • Support for all existing EXS24 instruments

Quick Sampler

  • Ability to import a single audio file to instantly build a playable sampled instrument
  • Quick Sampler automatically identifies the root note, optimal loop points, and matches a project tempo
  • Slice mode allows a vocal or drum sample to be chopped into multiple slices that can be triggered on a keyboard
  • Ability to record live samples using a microphone, external hardware, or from any track or bus

More Content

  • Over 2500 new loops in a variety of instruments and genres covering modern and classic Hip-Hop, Electro House, Reggaeton, Future Bass, Techno, and Transition Effects
  • Over 1500 new patches

Additional Features

  • Display scores or lead sheets, and turn pages while you perform
  • Ability to add Remix FX to perform creative effects like filters, gates, repeaters and bitcrusher
  • The Drum Synth plug-in generates synthesized kicks, snares, toms, and hi-hats with dedicated sound shaping controls
  • Stability and performance improvements
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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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visioncut replied the topic: #111387 10 Dec 2020 15:32
I can not upgrade, the apple store does not hielo an update, and my Final Cut continúes to be 10.4.10
Final Cut Pro 10.5 is not available in the apple store despite I upgraded to macOS BigSur
And one can help?
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JoeEditor replied the topic: #111410 11 Dec 2020 01:18
The pro apps have always had a bug where the updates don't show up in the Updates section of the App Store. Go to the Final Cut Pro page in the Store, you'll see the Buy button, which should be labeled as Open if you have the app installed, will now show "Update".
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DC-W replied the topic: #111484 14 Dec 2020 19:20
Updated again today. 10.5.1 is out. Compressor as well

-Adds share option for YouTube & Facebook to create a file for uploading to those sites
-Includes stability improvements
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JoeEditor replied the topic: #111488 14 Dec 2020 20:10
FCP, Compressor, iMovie, and Big Sur updates.

We had YT and FB destinations before, but they were always a PITA. They're back, and they do NOT upload for you.