FCP 10.1 2When Apple announced the new Mac Pro’s in June, it promised a new version of Final Cut Pro along with it. Today marks the day we can finally order those new Mac Pro’s and find out exactly what the updates to FCP are.

First off, this is not the major update that some had hoped for (this is version 10.1 not version 11, which also means it is free). It lists 35 new features (see below for a complete list), chief among them the ability to take advantage of the Mac Pro’s dual Graphics Processing Units (GPU’s). Transitions, titles and generators have been updated to work at resolutions up to 4K, video monitoring at up to 4K is possible via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI and you now have the ability to share directly to youtube at 4K.  The thing that you might notice the most are changes to media management, specifically the library, which now contains both your Projects and your Events.

Two words of caution: a. be sure you are running Mavericks (OS 10.9) before upgrading, as this version of FCP was specifically designed for Mavericks and b. you will need to update your Projects and Events if you want to work with them in FCP 10.1, because of the way the library is designed (here is a video, that we found helpful).

After all of the focus on iOS devices lately, it is nice to see Apple make products for power users again. While FCP X was initially a disappointment (released prematurely and missing crucial features), it’s gotten increasingly better, starting with version 10.0.3. While we still have workstations for both FCP 7 and FCP X, we find ourselves using FCP 7 less and less. We are particular fans of the Multicam features in FCP X, which are perfect for editing music video and the like (and the new feature that allows you to detach audio from your clip, to edit audio and video separately, makes this even better).

Here are the Final Cut Pro X version 10.1 release notes:

Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
Video monitoring up to 4K via Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI on select Mac computers
4K content including titles, transitions, and generators
Libraries allow you to gather multiple events and projects within a single bundle
Easily open and close individual libraries to load just the material you need
Option to import camera media to locations inside or outside of a library
Automatically back up libraries to a user-specified drive or network location
Project Snapshots let you quickly capture the project state for fast versioning
Audio fade handles on individual audio channels in the timeline
Add precise retime speeds by entering them numerically in the timeline
Non-rippling retime option
One step Replace and retime
Custom project frame sizes
Through edits displayed on all clip types
Join Through Edit command removes bladed cuts to clips in the timeline
Detach audio with Multicam clips in the timeline to manipulate audio and video separately
Make video- or audio-only edits into the timeline with Multicam Clips as sources
Blade and move audio in J- and L-cuts
Ability to roll audio with J- and L-cut splits open
Option to hide the Event browser to gain more screen space for viewing
Native support for .MTS and .MT2S files from AVCHD cameras
Used media indicators on source clips
Improved performance with large projects
Improved performance when modifying or adding keywords to many clips at once
Easily move, copy, and paste multiple keyframes
Option for the linear animation with Ken Burns effect
Improved image stabilization with InertiaCam and Tripod mode
Import photos from iOS devices
Proxy and playback quality controls accessible in Viewer menu
Support for portrait/landscape metadata in still images
Effects parameters, fonts, and text size included in XML metadata
Improved support for growing media and edit while ingest
API for custom Share operations using third-party software
FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
Share directly to Chinese video sites Youku and Tudou
Spanish language localization

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