Final Cut Pro X gets new Metal engine for big performance boost

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Final Cut X Pro is faster than ever.
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The latest version of Final Cut Pro X is out now with a new Metal engine that promises a big performance boost. It also make optimizations for the all-new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.

Apple is today bringing the same Metal engine to Motion and Compressor, too.

Apple is yet to tell us when we’ll be able to purchase the new Mac Pro or Pro Display XDR — but they should be here before the end of the year.

Until then, you can enjoy a speedier Final Cut Pro X experience on other machines.

Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 out with new Metal engine

The new Metal engine in Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks like rendering, real-time effects, and exporting on compatible machines.

Apple says you will enjoy performance that is up to 20% faster on the newest 15-inch MacBook Pro, and 35% faster on the iMac Pro. And that’s not all you get in this update.

Sidecar support lets you extend Final Cut Pro X onto an iPad in macOS Catalina. You can then use the second screen, connected wired or wirelessly, as the browser or viewer, Apple says.

Final Cut Pro X excels on Mac Pro

If you are planning to pick up a Mac Pro when they finally go on sale, you’ll get the fastest Final Cut Pro X yet.

This update lets the app take advantage of multiple GPUs and up to 28 CPU cores. That means up to 2.9 times faster rendering and up to 3.2 times faster transcoding over the previous Mac Pro.

Final Cut also takes advantage of the new Afterburner card available to Mac Pro users to simultaneously play up to 16 streams of 4K video, or work with even sharper 8K files.

Update today

Other improvements in this release include:

  • Grade high dynamic range video with enhanced color mask and range isolation tools.
  • View high dynamic range video tone-mapped to compatible standard dynamic range displays when using Final Cut Pro, Motion or Compressor on macOS Catalina.
  • Select which internal or external GPU is used to accelerate graphics processing.

You can download the latest Final Cut, Motion, and Compressor updates today from the Mac App Store.