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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, and Pro Apps

Apple's Final Cut Pro X 10.5. Image: Apple.
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Apple's Final Cut Pro X 10.5. Image: Apple.

Apple has already announced its first Silicon Macs powered by the M1 chip, and macOS Big Sur is now available for download, so it's only logical it's starting to update its pro-level apps.

FCP X November 2020 update. Image: Apple.
Apple's Final Cut Pro X 10.5. Image: Apple.

Final Cut Pro X 10.5 and Logic Pro X 10.6 have been released, along with updates to Motion, Compressor, Pro Video Formats, and more.

Final Cut Pro X 10.5

First up is Apple's pro video editor, which is over 21 years old. It takes advantage of the Apple Silicon chips, including accelerated machine learning for Smart Conform via the Apple Neural Engine (great for exporting in different sizes, like for social media).

There are also plenty of improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Improved proxy workflows.
  • Export HLG HDR projects which contains Dolby Vision 8.4 metadata.
  • Improved reliability of sound effects preview in the browser.
  • HDR thumbnails are improved when viewing on the timeline or in the browser.
  • Create a copy of a library and media will be transcoded to H.264 or proxy in different resolutions.
  • Support for Avid DNxHR and Avid DNxHD decoding and playback.
  • And any other fixes and enhancements.

Get more details on Final Cut Pro X here.

Motion 5.5 and Compressor 4.5

The only big improvement for both apps is they are now both optimized for Apple Silicon chips. Find more information about Motion here and Compressor here.

Pro Video Formats

The major new feature is built-in support for Avid DNxHR and Avid DNxHD decoding and playback. Check out the list of supported formats here. 

Logic Pro X 10.6

Apple has also updated Logic ProX to ver. 10.6, which includes a few improvements, features, and bug fixes. Like the pro video apps, Logic Pro is optimized for Silicon, plus more:

  • Control the Step Sequencer with the Logic Remote for iPhone or iPad, which allows you to create beats, melodic parts, and bass lines.
  • All Novation Launchpad controllers are supported.

Apple has also updated the Logic Remote to ver. 1.5, which is for the iPhone or iPad, MainStage to ver. 3.5, and added more loops and patches.

Learn more about Logic Pro here.

All of Apple's pro-level apps are available now for updating. If you aren't using any of the apps, both Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X have a 90-day free trial.

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