Final Cut Pro X update makes it easier to sell your own movies on iTunes

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Final Cut Pro X on the MacBook Pro. Photo: Apple
Final Cut Pro X on the MacBook Pro. Photo: Apple

Apple gave its video editing software Final Cut Pro X a big new update this morning that includes new features like 3D titles and GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing. A number of updates were also added to Final Cut Pro X’s companion apps Compressor and Motion.

The Final Cut Pro 10.2 release is the 15th update since Apple drastically overhauled its video editing software in 2011, bringing more professional features to draw in more video producers. Perhaps the biggest features is the addition of iTunes Store Package to Compressor that makes it easier than ever for movie makers to package and sell an films on iTunes.

“From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor make it even easier to edit, title and package everything from short videos to feature-length films.”

Here’s some of the changes coming today:

Final Cut Pro 10.2
– Create gorgeous 3D titles with drag-and-drop ease
– 3D titles come with simple templates to get started quickly
– Instantly convert 2D titles to 3D and see changes in real time
– View up to four video scopes simultaneously
– Improved Shape masks that can be saved as presets
– Native video format support for Panasonic AVC-Ultra Sony XAVC-S
– GPU-accelerated transcoding for RED RAW files
– Support for dual GPUs on Mac Pro®.

Motion 5.2
– More 3D title options like reflections and shadowns
– 12 new generators effects
– Improved keyframing
– Enhanced controls for Mask ans Shape creation

Compressor 4.2
– Create iTunes Store Packages with the movie, trailer, closed captions, and more
– Performance improvements for encoding tasks
– Faster GPU rendering
– Hardware-accelerated multi-pass H.264 encoding

The update is available for free to all Final Cut Pro X users, or you can grab your copy for $299.99 in the App Store.

Source: Apple