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.
- 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.
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:
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.
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: