Final Cut Pro X on an Apple Laptop

New versions of Final Cut Pro for iPad and Mac available now

Today, Apple released Final Cut Pro for iPad 2, transforming iPad into an even more powerful production studio, and Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 with important artificial intelligence-driven organizational updates that make workflows more efficient.

Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 unleashes the remarkable capabilities of the new iPad Pro with the outrageously fast M4 chip, enabling up to 2x faster rendering and supporting up to 4x more streams of ProRes RAW than with M1. With the all-new Live Multicam feature, users can wirelessly connect and preview up to four cameras at once, all in one place. Using a combination of iPhone and iPad devices, users will have a director’s view of each camera and manual control of their preferences using the all-new pro app Final Cut Camera. Final Cut Camera powers Live Multicam and also works as a standalone recording app on iPhone and iPad, with the ability to adjust settings like manual focus, shutter speed, ISO, and more.1

For more storage flexibility while working with large files, Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 now supports external projects, a top-requested feature.2 Users can create new projects or open an existing project without taking up internal storage space. Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 also supports the new Apple Pencil Pro, leveraging barrel roll for more precise control of Live Drawing tools, and squeeze to quickly pull up brushes and settings.

With Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8, users can take their professional workflow to the next level. Harnessing the power of the Neural Engine in Apple silicon, new AI features come to Final Cut Pro: Enhance Light and Color, and Smooth Slo-Mo. Enhance Light and Color automatically adjusts video for color correction, while Smooth Slo-Mo intelligently blends video frames for the highest-quality movement. Also, new organizational tools improve efficiencies in post-production workflows, including custom names for color corrections and video effects in the inspector; the ability to search for and navigate to clips with missing media or effects in the timeline index; and text-based timeline search with information like reel, scene, camera angle, and more.

Final Cut Pro for iPad 23 and Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.84 are now available as free updates for existing users. For new users, Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 is available on the App Store for $4.99 (U.S.) per month or $49 (U.S.) per year, and Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 is available on the Mac App Store for $299.99 (U.S.).

New in Final Cut Pro 10.8

Released June 20, 2024

Final Cut Pro 10.8 includes the following enhancements and bug fixes:

  • Automatically improve the color, color balance, contrast, and brightness of video or still images using the new Enhance Light and Color effect, powered by machine learning.
  • Enable Smooth Slo-Mo to create amazing slow-motion visuals with an AI-enhanced algorithm on Mac models with Apple silicon.
  • Stay organized by renaming color corrections and video effects in the inspector.
  • Drag effects right from the inspector to other clips in the timeline or viewer.
  • Use new filters in the timeline index to quickly identify clips with audio effects, video effects, retiming changes, missing media, or missing effects.
  • Search in the timeline index by reel, scene, camera angle, camera name, custom metadata, or effect name.
  • Search in the timeline index for user-created roles.
  • Search for clips in the browser using new “Starts With” and “Ends With” search criteria.
  • Enable or disable timeline scrolling using a new toolbar button.
  • Improves timeline scrolling behavior during reverse playback.
  • Fixes an issue where captions would sometimes flicker when timeline scrolling is enabled.
  • Fixes an issue where browser items would be appear to be renamed when naming a folder.
  • Fixes an issue that caused disabling the audio roles of a clip to make the video roles appear disabled.
  • Accurately tone-maps HDR video content in 360° view for 360° projects.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause ProRes RAW clips to be displayed incorrectly in the viewer on Intel-based Mac models.
  • Fixes an issue that caused a freeze frame from a log-encoded clip to appear too bright in an HLG timeline.
  • Fixes an issue that caused a disabled Color Board effect to be incorrectly enabled after exporting and reimporting an FCPXML of the timeline.
  • Fixes an issue that caused the Space Designer audio effect to show presets as missing.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Final Cut Pro to stop responding when rendering with another app active.
  • Fixes an issue that caused switching between the angle viewer and the video scopes to change the angle viewer selection back to “Enable video and audio switching.”
  • Fixes an issue that caused Final Cut Pro to stop responding when both a folder and an enclosed item were selected in the browser.
  • Adds support for sharing 8K ProRes MXF files.
  • Improves support for Canon C2 AVC media.
  • Adds support for Canon XF-AVC 1920×1080 59.94i/50i H.264 25Mbps.
  • Removes support for disc burning.
  • Updates FCPXML to version 1.12.

Get complete step-by-step how-to instructions and information on all features in Final Cut Pro. For a list of recent enhancements in Final Cut Pro, refer to What’s New in Final Cut Pro.

1. Final Cut Camera is available on iPhone Xs and later running iOS 17.4 or later, and iPad models running iPadOS 17.4 or later.

2. External project support requires iPadOS 17.5 or later.

3. Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 requires iPadOS 17.4 or later, and iPad models with the M1 chip or later.

4. Final Cut Pro for Mac 10.8 requires macOS 13.5 or later, 8GB of RAM (16GB recommended), a Metal-capable graphics card (Intel-based Mac computers only), and 6.5GB of available disk space.

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