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Is this the new Motion 5? More FCPX screengrabs too


This story is breaking as we write and will be updated regularly! Screenshots after the break. Maybe Motion X would be a better name now that we've seen the GUI redesign.

We take the copy from Apple Insider:

A series of screenshots claimed to be from Apple's forthcoming Final Cut Pro X release offer a closer look at the software, as well as a first glimpse at Motion 5 with a new "rigging" feature.

The alleged screenshots were posted Wednesday by Twitter user "BWilks2001" and forwarded to AppleInsider. If legitimate, they offer a closer look at the design and features of Apple's upcoming 64-bit upgrade to Final Cut Studio.

The images and details posted online offer the first indication of an upcoming release of Motion 5. The current, third major revision of Final Cut Studio was released in July of 2009 with Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5 and DVD Studio Pro 4.

In addition to Motion 5, the new software releases from Apple will "supposedly" include a new version of Color, BWilks2001 wrote on Twitter.

"I assure you this is no Photoshop," they wrote. "I am not that talented."

Apple offered the first glimpse of Final Cut Pro X in April during the FCP User Group SuperMeet at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas. There, the company revealed that the new upgrade would be available on the Mac App Store in June for $299, but made no mention of other Final Cut Studio applications.

Final Cut X 1

Since then, Apple has not offered any new details on Final Cut Pro X, even though the software is set to arrive on the Mac App Store this month. Back in April, Apple promised that the new version of Final Cut Pro will be "as revolutionary as the first version of FCP."

Final Cut Pro has been rebuilt from the ground up and will include support for all processor cores through Grand Central Dispatch. The new version of Final Cut Pro will also support high-definition 4K resolution.

Final Cut X 2

Final Cut X 3

Other notable features previously highlighted by Apple include editing during import, scalable rendering, a resolution-independent playback system, fully color-managed Final Cut based on colorsync, people and shot detection, and audio clean-up.

An improved "magnetic timeline" will make sure that secondary audio in longer clips won't collide with other clips, while an inline precision editor will allow users to double-click the seam between two clips to open a timeline. Similar to iMovie, Final Cut Pro will present content in a film strip view.

Final Cut X 4

Final Cut X 5

Apple has also promised that the new Final Cut Pro has been designed to ensure that everything can be driven from the keyboard, while "localized adjustments" will allow users to select an object -- like a face -- to make adjustments only to that part of the image.

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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.

amazon kindle BF

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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