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Apple has revealed a brand new Raw codec for ProRes in its latest update to Final Cut Pro X. The update also includes advanced closed captioning but it's the Raw feature that will send shockwaves through the industry. It's an efficient codec that allows instant playback and editing in FCPX without the need for conversion before use, but has all the flexibility of the full Raw file. It's ideal for maximising quality and perfect for HDR. 

Monitor firm Atomos has already stepped up to the plate and will be offering ProRes Raw support in a free firmware upgrade to Sumo 19 and Shogun Inferno owners on Monday. And DJI will include ProRes Raw as a codec in its Zenmuse X7 cameras next month. Apple hopes ProRes Raw will become an industry-wide standard. Apple's press statement says:

Apple is introducing a new update to Final Cut Pro X, the most popular version of its professional video editing software, with more than 2.5 million seats. Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 introduces a groundbreaking format from Apple, ProRes RAW, which combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the performance of ProRes. The update also adds advanced closed captioning tools that allow video editors to easily view, edit and deliver captions from right within the app. Apple is also adding complementary new features to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor.

ProRes RAW

ProRes RAW is a new format from Apple that offers the quality and workflow advantages of RAW with the stunning performance of ProRes. With ProRes RAW, editors can import, edit and grade pristine footage with RAW data from the camera sensor, providing ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows. And with performance optimized for macOS, editors can play full-quality 4K ProRes RAW files on MacBook Pro and iMac systems in real time without rendering. ProRes RAW files are even smaller than ProRes 4444 files, allowing editors to make better use of storage while providing an excellent format for archiving.

Final Cut Pro editors can work natively with ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ files created by Atomos recorders. The format will be available as a free update for owners of Atomos Sumo 19 and Shogun Inferno devices. The format will also be available as part of a forthcoming upgrade package to users of the DJI Inspire 2 drone and Zenmuse X7 Super 35mm camera system designed for aerial cinematography.

Closed Captioning Tools

As closed captioning becomes increasingly important around the world, Final Cut Pro now includes powerful closed captioning tools for professional filmmakers, YouTubers and students looking to add captions to their projects without the need for expensive third-party software or services. Users can import closed caption files directly into their project or create them from scratch. Captions appear in the viewer during playback and can be attached to video or audio clips in the timeline, so they automatically move with the clips to which they’re connected. An all-new captions inspector makes it simple to adjust caption text, color, alignment, location and more. Users can even create captions in multiple languages within the same timeline and easily share captioned videos to YouTube and Vimeo. And in the share window, a new Roles tab displays titles, video and audio roles in a single consolidated interface, making it easy to configure roles and closed captions when sharing.

Motion 5.4.1 and ProRes RAW enable motion graphics artists to take full advantage of RAW image quality with superb performance and flexibility when designing graphics and effects. Compressor 4.4.1 gains support for closed captioning with comprehensive controls to view, adjust and deliver captions as part of a batch or iTunes Store package.

Pricing and Availability

Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 will be available on April 9 as a free update for existing users, and for $299.99 (US) for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.4.1 and Compressor 4.4.1 will also be available on April 9 as free updates 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.

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: 

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