Apple updates pro video apps with Mac Pro optimizations

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Apple on Wednesday pushed out a few significant updates to its pro video-editing apps in a bid to take advantage new Mac Pro that the company started selling on Thursday.

The most significant updates concern the flagship Final Cut Pro X app, which has been bumped to version 10.1 and received dozens of new and updated features. Among those improvements are support for 4K content and video monitoring, project snapshots, single-step retiming and replacing, and more. In addition, the app has also been optimized to take advantage of the new Mac Pro’s dual-GPU configurations when rendering and manipulating video.

Apple has also updated companion apps Compressor and Motion, which are used to extend Final Cut Pro X’s export functionality and transitioning effects respectively. The latter’s changes consist primarily of GPU optimizations, while the the former has also gained some new functionality, such as the ability to encode H.264 MP4 content in hardware, and even export 4K-resolution video directly to YouTube and Chinese sites Youku and Tudou.

Final Cut Pro X, which generated its share of controversy when it was originally released, can be purchased from the Mac App Store for $300, with a free 30-day trial available from the company’s website. Compressor and Motion, also available on the Mac App Store, can be had for $50 each, although no trial is available for either app.

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