Suddenly, everything falls into place.
With a visual simplicity that reveals powerful professional tools just when you need them, the Magnetic Timeline in Final Cut Pro offers an exceptionally fluid, flexible way to edit. Assemble shots with ease as clips “magnetically” close up to eliminate unwanted black gaps in the timeline. Similarly, clips move out of the way to avoid clip collisions and sync problems, so you can focus on creating your story.
Keep it together.
Clip Connections are an easy way to place clips such as B-roll, sound effects, and music in the timeline so that they all move together as you make changes and even in the most complex projects. Final Cut Pro automatically creates a Clip Connection when you drag a secondary element to the timeline.
Whether you’re doing a fast assembly or precise trimming, you can edit with confidence, knowing that Clip Connections keep everything together. It’s particularly easy to reorganize your story as you work, because you can move a section of your project in a single step. Clear visual connections make it easy to hand off a project to another editor or to resume editing at a later date.
The most responsive way ever to view vast amounts of media, skimming in the Filmstrip view lets you fly through keywording and selecting the best takes. Combine the Skimmer with the familiar Playhead for ultrafast navigation and editing. Skim to any point in your timeline, then press the Space bar to play the video instantly.
Use Auditions to quickly try out different shots with a click. Collect multiple clips within one Audition clip in the timeline, then play them back in context to see which one works best. Use Auditions to see the same clip with different effects applied, try different performances of the same line, or view different montages in the same location. As you try each shot, the Magnetic Timeline instantly adjusts to reflect the clip length, keeping everything in sync.
Inline Precision Editor
When you need to fine-tune the timing of an edit, just double-click any edit point to reveal the Inline Precision Editor. Skimming over the extra material in the clip lets you find the best edit point. A single click lets you trim to a specific frame or audio sample.
Adjust your clips directly in the timeline for the fastest, most straightforward way to make timing changes. Grab a clip edge to make a quick trim, or use the Trimming tool for all the standard trimming functions like ripple, roll, slip, slide, and extend. You can also make precise adjustments by entering numerical trims on the keyboard. With the immediate visual feedback of the Magnetic Timeline, you can watch your project adjust as you get the timing just right.
Combined with the power of the Magnetic Timeline, the classic three-point edit is even better. Single keystrokes let you insert and overwrite, giving you complete control without slowing you down.
Grab the fade handles at the edges of any clip to control audio fade-in and fade-out directly in the timeline. Drag the handles to visually line up an audio fade with action, graphics, or other elements in your project. Unlike keyframe-based audio fades, trimming the audio clip leaves the fade handles intact. And with built-in options to adjust the type of fade curve, you have even more precise control.
Bundled audio effects
Search and preview audio effects in the Effects Browser before applying them to your clips. Select from a collection of more than 100 audio effect plug-ins — including more than 40 from Logic Studio — each with its own specialized interface. All effects can be keyframed and played in real time.
Pick from a variety of stereo or surround presets to improve the sound of your mix. Presets include surround animations that let you instantly fly your 5.1 sound from front to back or side to side. You can also customize your mix using a graphic surround panning interface and easily add keyframes to adjust panning over time.
All color grading begins with color balancing. The Content Auto-Analysis feature can analyze clips for color balance in the background as they’re imported. After your footage has been analyzed, you can improve the look of any clip in the Event Browser or timeline with a click. The Balance Color feature uses sophisticated algorithms that increase contrast while making skin tones appear more natural.
Save hours of painstaking work by using Match Colour to instantly align the look of clips that were shot at different times of day or with different cameras. Simply choose the source shot, click your reference shot, and Final Cut Pro intelligently adjusts colors for the best possible match. You can also use Match Colour with a clip of your favorite movie. If you’re looking for a sci-fi grunge or film noir look, find a reference image with the look you want and use it to match colour.
Keying and masks
To isolate and change the color of just the sky or the skin tone of the actors in a shot, Final Cut Pro puts a powerful combination of keying and masks at your fingertips. First select the area or color you want to affect, then apply the key by dragging across the image with an eyedropper that dynamically shows the range of selected colors. For additional control, place an adjustable mask around the key. Any mask can be keyframed over time to change shape or move with the action on the screen.
For editors who prefer hands-on control of color, saturation, and exposure, the brand-new Color Board can make quick work of common corrections. Because you can control the highlights, midtones, and shadows separately from the master control, it’s easy to get the look you want.
Waveform, vectorscope, and
Monitor your color and brightness values using the built-in, industry-standard waveform and vectorscope monitors. Final Cut Pro also includes a histogram view commonly found in photo editing programs like Aperture.
When you’re working with ProRes, Export Movie is the fastest and highest-quality output choice for creating a self-contained QuickTime movie. Because Export Movie uses rendered effects files without having to rerender, the output is as fast as a file copy.
HTTP live streaming
HTTP live streaming is becoming the most popular way to make video available over the web. Final Cut Pro simplifies delivery with a specially designed preset optimized for web streaming.
For those who can’t wait for the world to see their latest project, Final Cut Pro includes direct sharing to Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and CNN iReport.
Working with Compressor
Use Compressor to access a full range of professional encoding features. Send a project to Compressor or create custom output settings for reuse in Final Cut Pro. You can share these custom settings with other Final Cut Pro editors, even if they don’t have Compressor installed on their workstations.Learn more about Compressor
No longer restricted to the 4GB limit of 32-bit applications, Final Cut Pro uses all the RAM in your system to handle larger frame sizes and keep more frames in memory. You can now create more extensive projects and work with deeper, more interesting multilayered effects.
Final Cut Pro is a Mac OS X–native application built with the Apple Cocoa framework. Using intuitive, familiar interface elements and technologies like Core Animation, Cocoa makes Final Cut Pro more responsive, interactive, and fun to use.
Final Cut Pro uses the high-speed GPU on the graphics card for effects previews and rendering. Because tapping the GPU core speeds up processing, you can work with richer, more complex effects that play in real time during the creative process.
Grand Central Dispatch
Final Cut Pro utilizes Grand Central Dispatch in Mac OS X to harness all the processing power of multiple cores on the Mac. For even more speed, Final Cut Pro also uses the new AVX capabilities of Intel’s “Sandy Bridge” processors.
As you edit, Final Cut Pro takes advantage of unused cycles in the background to execute a range of tasks, so you can be creative without interruption. Background processing includes rendering, transcoding, and moving media.
Background process monitoring
Easily monitor the progress of background processes from the dashboard, so you always know what your multicore processors are doing. Or click to open the Background Tasks window and get a detailed display of active processes along with their progress. For complete control, you can manually pause or cancel any background process.
Final Cut Pro is designed to use Apple’s ColorSync color management for display and processing, producing accurate and consistent color from import through render and export. Colors look the same whether you’re playing back media in Final Cut Pro, Motion, or QuickTime.
The high-quality rendering in Final Cut Pro makes it possible to compute realistic effects with extraordinary precision using floating-point, linear-light color space calculations. You get the same superb results for blurs, scales, and lighting effects as you would from high-end compositing software.
Final Cut Pro X is available in Mac App Store for $A319.99.