Final Cut Pro at the Mac App Store
It’s not exactly surprising that Apple’s flagship video editing software would receive the Touch Bar treatment, but the
Final Cut Pro X update comes as part of a redesign for the whole app. Along with a few general design changes, the big update is the Magnetic Timeline, which lets you colour code the various audio elements of a project, and quickly arrange their vertical layout.
Touch Bar integration varies depending on what you’re doing within Final Cut – it can offer a selection of editing tools to jump between, let you adjust audio levels, trim sections, format text, and more. It also shows off the new Magnetic Timeline with an interactive display of the entire project in the Overview function, which also lets you zoom in and out to focus on specific sections.
Most Final Cut Pro power users will be so used to using keyboard shortcuts for the editing functions they use regularly that they may not find the Touch Bar any quicker for simple editing and playback, but the sheer number of context-dependent settings means it’s likely to prove its value eventually.
Read our review of the latest version of Final Cut Pro X.