Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor get new updates

Hot on the heels of Apple’s announcement that it would be discontinuing pro photography app Aperture, the company has released updates to its other major OS X professional apps.

Friday’s updates—which bring optimization improvements and a few small new features to Final Cut, Motion, and Compressor—are nice boosts to each of the programs, but are also perhaps a move to reassure Apple’s pro customers that Aperture’s fate was limited to it alone.

Over on the Final Cut side, version 10.1.2 brings a variety of improvements to the program, including several new bonuses for editors:

• Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can be stored at any location outside of the library

• Easily delete optimized, proxy, and rendered media from within Final Cut Pro X

• Used media indicators for Compound clips, Multicam clips, and Synced clips

• Option to show only unused media in the Browser

• Apply a standard (Rec. 709) look in real time to high dynamic range and wide color gamut video from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Sony cameras

• Automatically apply an ARRI embedded 3D LUT from the new AMIRA camera

• Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ

• Improved speed and accuracy when synchronizing clips

• Audio recording improvements including countdown and automatic Audition creation from multiple takes

• Fast export of cuts-only projects containing XDCAM media

• Export entire library as a single XML file

• Selecting a library displays key metadata in the Inspector

• Adjust relative and absolute volume of a clip or range selection

• Create Keywords from Finder Tags when importing media

• Option to sort events by date or name in the Libraries list

• Import a clip by dragging directly into the Browser

• Share 4K video to Vimeo

Motion 5.1 also brings support for Apple’s ProRes 4444 XQ along with optimizations and 4K rendering:

• Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro

• FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support

• Faster project loading, especially for complex projects

• Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution

• Spanish language localization

Compressor 4.1.1’s updates are mostly bug fixes and stability improvements, including:

• Resolves issues installing Compressor on a system where Qmaster was previously enabled

• Improves reliability of Send to Compressor from Final Cut Pro X

• Addresses distributed encoding errors when source files are not on the startup volume • Fixes errors that could cause a hang when submitting a batch

• Fixes a stability issue that could occur if multiple Compressor plug-ins are installed

• Resolves an issue when viewing a plug-in setting without the plug-in installed

• Includes general stability improvements

If you own one or more of the above programs, you can download these updates from the Mac App Store on your Mac under the Purchased tab.

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