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Apple has revealed a major update to its professional video editing app, Final Cut Pro X, with new features including 360-degree VR video editing, advanced colour grading tools with colour wheels and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. The software is optimised to take full advantage of the all-new iMac Pro which hit the market yesterday and means Final Cut Pro users can now edit full-resolution 8K video for the first time on a Mac. Apple is also extending 360-degree VR video support to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor. 

“With new features like 360-degree VR editing and motion graphics, advanced color grading and HDR support, Final Cut Pro gives video editors the tools to create stunning, next-generation content,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “When combined with the performance of Mac hardware, including the all-new iMac Pro, Final Cut Pro provides an incredibly powerful post-production studio to millions of video editors around the world.”
 
Final Cut Pro lets professional editors create VR content with the ability to import, edit and deliver 360-degree video and view the project in real time through a connected HTC VIVE headset with SteamVR. Users can easily add 360-degree titles in 2D or 3D; apply blurs, glows and other immersive effects; and use visual controls to straighten horizons or remove camera rigs from equirectangular videos. Standard photos and videos can also be added to VR projects and 360-degree video can be shared directly to popular websites including YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.
 
The update also includes powerful tools for professional colour grading. Unique colour wheels feature built-in controls to adjust hue, saturation and brightness. Colour curves allow for ultra-fine colour adjustments with multiple control points to target specific colour ranges, and eye droppers let users sample specific colours and apply manual white balance. Users can also apply custom lookup tables (LUTs) from popular colour grading apps like DaVinci Resolve and websites including PremiumBeat, Colour Grading Central and more.
 
With support for the most popular HDR formats, Final Cut Pro gains access to an expanded range of brightness levels to deliver incredibly realistic images. Editors can output video to HDR monitors using I/O devices from AJA and Blackmagic with brightness levels up to 10,000 nits. The new color grading tools support both HDR and Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) video, and with tone mapping, users can easily change HDR to SDR output for broadcast.
Additional Features in Final Cut Pro 10.4:
  • Easily import iMovie projects from iPhone and iPad into Final Cut Pro for advanced editing, audio work, motion graphics and color grading.
  • HEVC and HEIF support for importing and editing high efficiency video and photo formats from Apple devices.
  • Updated audio effects plug-ins from Logic Pro X with redesigned, resizable interfaces.
  • Faster, higher quality optical flow analysis built on Metal, Apple’s advanced graphics technology.
Motion 5.4 enables users to create immersive 360-degree VR titles and effects that can be instantly accessed in Final Cut Pro. The update also makes it easy to convert between any type of Motion project at any time, create realistic spring-loaded animations with the new Overshoot behavior and apply photographic-inspired looks with new filters. Compressor 4.4 lets users deliver 360-degree video with industry-standard spherical metadata. Compressor also lets users export HEVC and HDR video, while adding a range of new options for delivering MXF files.
 
Pricing and Availability
Final Cut Pro 10.4 is available as a free update today for existing users, and for $299.99(US) for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.4 and Compressor 4.4 are also available as a free update today for existing users, and for $49.99 (US) each for new users on the Mac App Store. Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $199.99 (US). For more information, please visit: apple.com/final-cut-pro.
 
 
 

The cult iClone studio-level character Animation software has had a huge update to include a redesigned Depth of Field tool to improve camera realism.

The latest version of iClone really ups the game for VFX as it's a virtual production platform to bring the latest in 3D technology to filmmakers, and is easier than ever to use. The official informations says: 

Sony's free firmware version 4.0 for the popular FS5 camera brings support for High Dynamic Range shooting in Hybrid Log Gamma and the option to change the minimum ISO from 3200 to 2000 when shooting in S-log2 or 3. It also gives support for 120fps continuous shooting in HD. But to enable this feature, you have to buy the new HFR firmware upgrade which costs around £562 or $499 for US customers. You can download the free firmware update HERE. The full info says:

The amazing Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro that we test in the latest Pro Moviemaker magazine gets a free upgrade from today as there's a new Camera Control remote control app available in the Apple App store. Users of the camera need to upgrade to Camera 4.4 firmware free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website to enable the camera's built-in Bluetooth which has so far not been enabled. Then download the Blackmagic Camera Control iPad app from the Apple app store. The official info says:

Magix's latest editing software is Video Pro X and includes 10-bit HEVC decoding/encoding and professional colour grading to 360° editing and precise audio mastering. Scalable proxy editing, preview rendering and hardware acceleration enable real-time video editing in HD, 4K and 360°. The software supports ProRes, HEVC 10-Bit, AVC and MPEG-2 and LUTs from the camera manufacturer or upload cinematic effect LUTs to create unique film styles. Lookup tables save colour grading information and can easily be imported and applied, or custom created and saved. The latest version of Video Pro X is now available in stores and online for £349.00. The official info says: 

Sony has revealed a raft of firmware updates to add extra functionality to its FS5, F55 and F5 cameras, as well as some other broadcast and consumer cameras, that will be released in July.

It's the changes to the FS5 that are more exciting, as they include:

Support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) by shooting in Hybrid Log-Gamma** (HLG) standard 
Support for continuous 120fps High Frame Rate (HFR) recording in 1080p with CBKZ-FS5HFR paid firmware upgrade (sold separately)
Option to change the minimum ISO sensitivity number to ISO 2000 from ISO 3200 when recording S-Log2/S-Log3
*4K: XAVC-Long 4:2:0 8-bit, HD: XAVC 4:2:2 10-bit.  

 Firmware 9 for the F55 and F5 adds:

Support for 4K RAW/X-OCN 72, 75, 90, 96 and 100FPS S&Q Motion (PMW-F55 with ASX-R7)
Support for CBK-WA100 XAVC proxy recording (PMW-F55/PMW-F5)
CBK-WA100 XAVC proxy file name and Rec Start/Stop timing are completely synchronised with the F55 and F5 material.

 

 

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