Apple launches Final Cut Pro 10.1.2 and new ProRes 4444 XQ

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Final Cut Pro version 10.1.2
Updated editor: Apple’s Final Cut Pro is now on version 10.1.2. Picture: Apple.

Apple has released another update to Final Cut Pro, bringing the application to version 10.1.2.

The new version builds on the 10.1 release earlier this year, which brought in 4K support, optimisation for Apple’s new Mac Pro workstation, and significant changes to media management.

The new version continues with the media management improvements, including allowing optimised, proxy and rendered files to be stored anywhere outside the library. Editors can now also set storage locations, and delete these files, from within FCP X.

Apple has also built in a standard Rec 709 “look” which can be applied to ARRI and Blackmagic Design footage, as well as Log-type footage from Canon and Sony cameras, for quicker editing. FCP can also apply ARRI’s embedded 3D LUT from its new Amira camera.

Apple claims it has improved audio recording performance, and also made clip syncing more accurate, as well as adding the ability to import all supported types of footage by dragging clips directly into the browser.

There is a new function for faster export of “cuts only” projects created using media from Sony’s XDCAM cameras, which are popular for ENG work, and support for sharing 4K video directly to a Vimeo account. Most significant, though, is support for a new ProRes format – 4444XQ – and news that the new format will also be supported by the ARRI Amira.

Apple says that the overall performance of the software has improved when using large libraries, and it has added a range of smaller improvements to medata and clip management.

The update to Final Cut 10.1.2 is free of charge; the full application remains priced at £199, or $300, in the Mac App Store. Apple has also released updates to Motion and Compressor.